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Tama Police to swap a forfeited “high-powered” ATV for Ranger

May 13, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama Police have no need for an all-terrain vehicle which can travel at speeds up to 85 mph Police Chief Dan Wilkens told the city council Monday night.

However, the department can employ an ATV for patrols of the South Tama Recreation Trail and the Tama County Off- Road Vehicle Park on the city's south side, he said.

The speedy ATV was acquired through the court in a forfeiture proceeding which took about two years, Wilkens said.

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2007 Polaris Ranger similar to what Tama Police are trading for.

Council members voted 3-0 to approve a trade of the ATV to USS Polaris, Toledo, for a 2007 model Ranger in an "even-up" deal.

Along with this, the city agrees to pay the Tama-Toledo Country Club a total of $1,500 for damages caused when the original owner of the ATV was found responsible for driving over the greens and fairways with the vehicle.

In other business on Monday council members:

agreed to use a pay amount of $45,000 to start for a new police chief with possible hikes to $47,00 after six months and to $49,000 after one year. Chief Wilkens is retiring in July after some 32 years in law enforcement.

learned from Mayor Dan Zimmerman one of city's ambulances is currently being remounted on a new chassis. The work is expected to take six to eight weeks. The Ambulance service has a second ambulance on loan during the period.

recognized Police Officer Barnett Curry who had successfully completed course work and graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

approved Michael Tomas Jr. as a member of the Tama Fire Department.

set street closings for the Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival.



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