Tama City Council voted 4-0 to follow through on a proposal made two weeks ago by member Kenny McAdoo to enlarge some of the remaining city-owned residential lots in the Indian Hills Addition.
This will be accomplished by splitting center lots in half and including equal parts with the adjacent properties. There's currently a total of six lots which will become four.
The new lot sizes will be offered at a price of $10,000 each and the council agreed to look at offers as low as $7,500.
Some residential lots offered for sale by the City of Tama in Indian Hills Addition will be combined with others to make for larger, more desirable building sites, the city council has decided. This is a view looking north with Country Club Drive at the far right. News-Herald/John Speer
McAdoo called for the change because he believes the larger lots will be more attractive to buyers. City Clerk Judy Welch echoed this view telling council members she could identify several buyers who might be interested if the lots are larger.
McAdoo said he believes it is time for Tama to "get out of the business and get them back on the tax roles."
The properties do come with city tax abatements of five years.
In addition, John Lloyd, Public Works director, said water and sewer lines are in and the properties are fronted by cement streets for which there is no assessment.
There are two sets of three adjoining unsold residential lots one on Trojan Road and one on Country Club Drive. In addition there is one pair of unsold adjoining lots also on Country Club and three other single lots scattered throughout the division.
Voting in favor of allowing the size change were members Steve Baier, Mike Carnahan, Robert Tyynismaa and McAdoo. Member Crystal Kaufman was absent.
Single lots have been offered for sale at a cost of $5,000 since the city bought the remaining property in the subdivision in 2003 and the city has successfully sold 36 of the original lots purchased as well as additional residential property developed along the north side of 14th Street.
Water Bill Break
Water bills and accompanying sewer rates for City of Tama customers did not reflect the annual two percent raise in rates. City Clerk Welch said a change in the computer system in her office was related to the increase being overlooked.
Council members voted 4-0 to forego the one month raise and begin the new rate for August billings. The revenue lost was $648 for sewer and $438 for water Welch said.
Oak Hill Cemetery Roads
Four members of the Oak Hill Cemetery Association met with the council Monday night to urge completion of the ongoing project to replace the roadway through the city-owned cemetery.
Anne Michael, speaking on their behalf, credited the city for the improvements to the cemetery and recognized the road project was one-half completed.
She said it is estimated the remaining roadway work will cost slightly more than $50,000.
Council members aid the work was being done in four phases at a cost of $25,000 annually. However, replacement of he 9th Street bridge which is on one of two routes to the cemetery has taken priority.
Replacement of the bridge with twin culverts is estimated at a cost of $630,000, Public Works Director Lloyd told The News-Herald. The City of Tama will be responsible for 20 percent of that cost with the rest paid for through a federal aid grant administered by the Iowa department of transportation.
Mayor Dan Zimmerman assured the Cemetery Association members the road work within the cemetery would done and not abandoned. Association members also present in addition to Michael included Shirley Franklin, Lois Kriegel and Sally Willett.
The council also learned Monday the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is requiring an on-site wetland study of the 9th Street bridge area. Members voted 4-0 to pay $3,100 for the work.
The council tabled action on whether to build a new water main under the bridge or to continue with a supply line to the cemetery.
Future development in the area is a consideration they said.
The city's cost to extend a water main on 9th Street to the bridge was estimated in the $20,000 range by Lloyd. Running the line under the culverts would fall under 80-20 percent pay agreement.
Stewart Eisentrager, street superintendent, said the cemetery has been supplied by a two-inch water line. Continuing this method for water supply is also a consideration.
In other business:
council members voted 4-0 to purchase a high service pump for the water plant which will allow the city water supply to be maintained if the water tower is shut down. Lloyd said the supply can now be maintained through system of equalizing pressure by turning on some fire hydrants. He said up to two million gallons of water can be lost in a three-four day period using this method.
appointed Police Officer Barnette Curry as alternate member of the Tama County 911 service Board.
approved a tax abatement of improvements on a new home built by Don and Leona Moore in the Indian Hills Addition.