Although last week's Toledo City Council meeting was short, the five public officials talked about and approved several agenda items.
Those included paying a former police officer, hiring a new officer, CodeRed minutes, and the disc golf course. The majority of those topics were just discussed, with little action being taken, but decisions on the others could come soon.
City Council Member Travis Mullen updated the group on a possible renovation to the Toledo Disc Golf Course for the second time this spring. Mullen talked to David McCormack, owner of Gateway Disc Sports, Maryland Heights, Mo., and he received information back, including possible areas for expansion, project costs and ways to save money.
McCormack told Mullen that he sent one of his employees to view the course and he made two separate trips to Toledo. The scout spent five or six hours reviewing the course and park, while trying to envision an 18-hole course with the current park's layout.
McCormack said an 18-hole course is possible if the north and eastern sides of the Toledo Heights Park is used for the course. That area would include the wooded section and the creek that runs along the east side, and possibly the southeast area, where the Tama-Toledo Recreational Trail begins south of Ross Street.
Also included in the email from McCormack to Mullen was the cost associated with the project. The total cost is estimated at $14,600, which includes $2,500 for design and layout, $7,200 for 18 baskets, $1,400 for tee box signs and $3,500 for installation. The total cost could decrease if city employees assist the installation. The City of Toledo could also sell the old baskets and sell 200 discs that Gateway Disc Sports would give the city for the project.
The city council discussed how to pay for the project.
It was agreed that the city's portion would come out of the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund, but the amount from the city was the hot topic. Council members seemed hesitant to spend too much of the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund, because the city might donate some to the Tama-Toledo Recreation Commission to help improve the park's playground and ballfields.
"How much are we willing to commit to," Mullen asked the council? "A committee isn't going to want to raise 80 percent of the cost themselves."
In the end, the council unanimously voted to pay $2,500 for the design and layout fees, commit public works man hours for installation and put the money raised from selling the discs and current baskets toward the project. The city council also gave Mullen direction to form a committee, which will include local people who are interested in the project, to find ways to raise the remaining cost of the project. Mullen will report back to the council on the committee's progress at a later meeting.
"I have no desire to play it," Councilmember Elmer "Skip" Wilson said. "But I do see it as a chance to bring some people to town and give some people the opportunity to get some decent exercise. It's something that could benefit our community."
In other city council news, police officers were discussed. Former City of Toledo Police Officer Joe McMillen is owed money for his 40 vacation hours, eight personal hours and 27 comp hours. The city council voted 5-0 to pay McMillen what he is owed. However, McMillen also owes the City of Toledo 75 percent of his contract to the city.
The city council also discussed McMillen's replacement. Council member Jeff Filloon said there were nine applicants for the opening, but he took himself off of the committee, because of a conflict of interest as he's worked with some of the applicants in the City of Tama.
Wilson agreed to take Filloon's position on the committee. The interviews were set to begin this week on Monday. A new officer might be hired at the next meeting.
The city council also talked about its CodeRed minutes. The city has 1,324 minutes, which won't be enough for two city-wide calls, remaining until June 1. The discussion centered on the Iowa Juvenile Home using 2,811 of the 4,569 minutes for the city's CodeRed service. City Clerk was advised by the city council to contact the juvenile home and see if it would help the city purchase minutes.
At the beginning of the May 13 meeting, the city council approved five building permits. Those were for Levi Bro (12-foot privacy fence), Gary Zmolek (12x26 foot garage addition), The Magnolia (12-foot by 16-foot deck), Schelby Edwards (300-foot privacy fence) and New Century FS (60-foot by 146-foot building).
The City of Toledo's next meeting was moved from Monday to Tuesday, May 28, because of Memorial Day.