A portion of the area now owned by Iowa Premium Beef on Tama's east side has been designated an urban renewal area. The company is in the process of reopening the former Iowa Quality Beef- Tama Pack facility which has been shut down since 2004.
City council members voted 5-0 Monday night, May 20, to include about 23 acres of the plant site as an urban renewal area. No objectors were heard to the establishment of the area during a public hearing conducted during the Monday council meeting.
The move can allow for certain property taxes to be collected on the property and set aside to pay for improvements.
IPB officials have said they plan to employ some 600 meatpackers upon start up with a target of 950-1,000 as the production ramps up.
Earlier this year IPB bought an adjoining tract of 120 acres form the Iowa Economic Development Authority in a deal announced in late February.
This parcel is not part of the urban renewal area.
In other business on Monday the council:
approved allowing adding a provision allowing for a two-week span for collection of recyclables in the city. Eric Haughey, owner of Razz Recycling, plans to launch curbside pick up of recyclables on June 8 in Tama and Toledo. He requested the ordinance change. It specified trash collections had ot be made on an at least once weekly basis.
approved payments of $2,250 from money raised from private donors for completion of the Oak Hill Cemetery Veterans Memorial to Turbett Masonry, Tama; $10,175 to TJA Construction, Oskaloosa, for work on a home at 5403 Oswego through the Tama housing Rehabilitation grant; and $1,699 to NuYard, Toledo, for care of downtown Tama planters and weed control.
approved a bid totaling $6,200 for cleaning the interior and exterior of the Tama water tower by K&W Coating, Elkader.