By John Speer
Tama residents who discover they have a sewer backup at their residence need to call the city first, not a plumber. That's the protocol which surfaced during a discussion of a claim filed for plumbing services at the Monday night city council meeting.
Council members voted 4-0 to not pay the claim filed by Mike Bidwell for a sewer back up in his basement in the 1300 block of McClellan Street on March 27. The city's insurance carrier had also declined to pay the $385 claim.
John Lloyd, superintendent of public works, said the city did not have liability in the case because city workers responded quickly and successfully unplugged the sewer line.
Council members and city officials readily admitted they would likely call a plumber first under the circumstances but wanted to stress the procedure is to notify the city in the event of sewer trouble first.
Dogs must be leashed
Tama Mayor Dan Zimmerman is reminding residents their dogs must be on a leash when they are walking them. He said recent complaints have come in and the city ordinance requires dogs to be on leashes.