By John Speer
Tama's plan to reduce infiltration of the sanitary sewer system has received major funding Mayor Dan Zimmerman announced Monday night, Aug. 19.
Tama Mayor Dan Zimmerman
The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded Tama a $600,0000 Community Development Block Grant Zimmerman told council members at their regular meeting. The funding is through a grant awarded by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
There is a 50-50 city project match for the grant meaning Tama can expect to kick in about $600,000 in funding.
Members Crystal Kaufman, Kenny McAdoo and Steve Baier voted to authorize the mayor to sign a contract for the funding. Members Mike Carnahan and Robert Tyynismaa were absent.
Work has been proposed on both McClellan Street and on the city's east side to slip line mains to prevent ground water from entering the city's system.
It is also planned to use a portion of the grant funding to pay for new generators for the treatment plant and the lift station, City Clerk Judy Welch said.
The project is not expected to begin in 2013, Welch said.
The city has until July 31, 2016, to complete the work according to Zimmerman.
Council members said they expected to make a decision at the Sept. 3 council meeting concerning changes in city employee health insurance. Jake Jacobson, Independent Insurance representative, told the council they could opt to choose one of three plans which would go into effect on Dec. 1. Each carries a boost in coverage cost ranging from 19 to nine percent depending upon deductible and out-of-pocket amounts paid by employees.
Jacobson said "On Jan. 1, 2014, in the (insurance) industry, everything changes."
Council members approved two street repair projects at 6th and McClellan and a third at McClellan and 8th streets. At 6th and McClellan concrete work and curb and gutter costs were set at $15,215. At 8th and McClellan the cost is $17,565.
Stuart Eisentrager street superintendent, recommended council approval of both projects. However, he said if problems with an underground creek flowing through a culvert at 6th and McClellan are uncovered, the work there will cost more.
If such a discovery is made, the 8th and McClellan project will be delayed until next year.
Public Works Director John Lloyd, Eisentrager and Welch all recommended to the council to not go ahead with a proposal to extend a new water main under the East 9th street bridge which is being replaced by box culverts. They said possible future development in the area could be served by a water main coming from Business Highway 30 to the south.
In other business the council:
approved the annual Street Financial Report receipt of $275,518 in Road Use Tax (RUT) money in fiscal year 2013.
set a public hearing on a an offer to purchase city-owned lots in the Indian Hills Addition at 1307 Trojan Road for Sept. 3.
approved a liquor sales license renewal for Venture Lanes.
proposed a date of Nov. 12 for the annual joint meeting of the Toledo City Council, Tama-Toledo Family Aquatic Center Board and Tama Council.