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Toledo Council approves disc golf course design

September 4, 2013
By Jimmy Gillispie - Staff Writer , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Toledo might be less than two weeks away from having a new, 18-hole disc golf course at the city.

A brief update was one of several agenda items at the Toledo City Council meeting last week. The other topics at the meeting included city property mowing, nuisance properties and an alley purchase.

Council Member Travis Mullen gave the council a quick report on the disc golf course. He said David McCormack from Gateway Disc Sports was in Toledo during the weekend of Aug. 24-25 to study Toledo's current 9-hole course. McCormack plotted out a course layout for an 18-hole course and Mullen distributed copies of the design to the council members.

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Design approved for new Toledo disc golf course at the west side Toledo City Park.

The proposed design has the course beginning in nearly the same spot as it does now. The final hole will finish just east of the south baseball field. Most holes will be between 250-350 feet, but the No. 13 hole will be a straight, 720-feet shot down the north side of the park.

"Originally he thought he could make two different options," Mullen said. "When he took a look at the place, given the limited amount of land to use, he wanted to make the course interesting and challenging at points, he threw together what he thought would be the best plan."

Mullen said that McCormack will be back in approximately two weeks to install the course, which requires installation of the baskets and signs, along with clearing a portion of the wooded area on the east side of the park. Mullen said he has a couple volunteers to help with the clearing process, but more volunteers would be helpful.

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In other city council news

Toledo Public Works Director Mark Zmolek said the mowing at the Reinig Center has not been kept up. When the city's hired lawnmower, Rod Kinnison, was asked to mow it before a recent wedding, the lawn wasn't mowed. City workers had to do it instead. The city council discussed the city's mowing this summer, which has been questioned several times. The city council agreed to send Kinnison a letter regarding the breach of his contract and asked him to come to the next city council meeting on Sept. 9.

Two more nuisance properties were discussed by the council. Council Member "Elmer" Skip Wilson said the council needed to complete the process of its outstanding nuisance properties before pursuing others. The council instructed Police Chief Bob Kendall to contact the property owners and notify them of the problem or they will be served a letter by the city.

The Van Dyk property along U.S. Business Highway 30 was again briefly discussed. A previous offer for a trade to clean up the property was rejected. The city council agreed to have City Attorney Mike Marquess send a letter to Allen Richards, attorney for the property, informing him that he has until Sept. 6 to remove items from the property or submit a plan or the city will take action.

The alley between 303 and 305 N. East Street was also discussed at the second straight meeting. The neighbor of the owner wanting to purchase the alley sent the city a letter that expressed their interest against the sale. The city will be sending the neighbor a letter asking her to come to the Sept. 9 meeting to discuss the alley.



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