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Downtown Toledo street repairs, traffic control at Wieting before the City Council

November 7, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Repairs to downtown Toledo business district streets were to be done shortly Mark Dvorak, Toledo Superintendent of Public Works reported to the city council Monday night, Oct. 28.

Patching of areas broken up to repair a major water main leak this past summer included at the intersection of Broadway and High, in the 100 block of East High and the corners of State and Broadway and State and Main streets.

The repairs were made on Monday, Nov. 4.

Mark Tanke, a member of the Wieting Theatre Guild, brought a second downtown street concern to the council Monday night.

He called for a four-way stop at Church and High streets warning "some kid is going to get hurt or killed" due to traffic visibility there.

Tanke said the increase in patrons at the Wieting since its renovation has resulted in more vehicles parked on the adjacent streets and more pedestrians. He said the parked vehicles near the Church and High intersection obstruct motorists views.

Police Chief Bob Kendall agreed noting parked vehicles sometimes make it difficult to see to enter or cross High Street from Church.

Council member Travis Mullen said stop signs positioned in the middle of the intersection had been discussed in the past.

The possibility of building a concrete island on the southwest corner of the intersection for placement of a stop sign was also brought up.

Downtown revitalization issues carried over to the Meet the Candidates night at the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center on Tuesday night.

Several office-seekers mentioned downtown needs noting the city water-sewer infrastructure likely needed replacement as part of any major revitalization efforts there.

Budget Inn

The closed, 26-unit Budget Inn at Broadway and Business Route 30 will be boarded up. Council members vote 4-0 to accept the bid of Hrabak Lumber, Toledo, to secure the three one-story buildings at a cost of $1,345.

That charge will be passed on to the property owner through the listing real estate agen Skogman Commercial Real Estate services Group, Cedar Rapids, council members said.

The property has been closed for several years. There has been concern about broken windows and entry being made to the structures expressed at previous council meetings.

The Budget Inn was the premier lodging business in the area for a number of years. Loren Rank first opened the motel in the 1950s and expanded it twice when U.S. Highway 30 was rerouted from the Lincoln Highway route through Tama what is now Business Highway 30.

It occupies 2.5 acres and is listed for sale for $150,000 according to the Skogman Commercial website.

Also before the council on Monday:

approval of the 2012-13 city audit report was tabled until a representative of Bowman and Miller PC, the auditing firm, is present. This was the second request Council member Elmer "Skip" Wilson has made for an auditor to go over the results. He said he believes the cost of the audit justifies a report made in person.

awarding 2014 leases for city-owned farm ground was tabled until the Nov. 11 council meeting.

discussed allowing the continuation of parking on both sides of Broadway in the 200-400 blocks of south Broadway during services or activities at Christ United Methodist Church. There is alternate parking on the street. A public hearing was set for Nov. 25 to consider making the allowance for parking a formal rule.

approved attendance of City Clerk Julie Wilkerson at a budget workshop.



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