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Garbage dumped in Tama recycle bins continues to plague green effort

Tama City Council

November 11, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Members of the Tama County Landfill Commission will be hearing the concerns about garbage reported to be repeatedly dumped at the Tama recycling bin site.

Tama City Council members directed City Clerk Judy Welch to write a letter seeking input from the commission for a solution to the ongoing problem during the council's regular meeting Monday night. The Landfill Commission places the recycling collection bins on sites provided by the cities in Tama County.

The Tama site is located just north of the Tama Civic Center complex at 5th and Harding streets.

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Garbage is piled up in August at the Tama recycling site.
News-Herald file/John Speer

Tama Police Officer Barnette Curry told the Council Street Superintendent Stuart Eisentrager and himself had found seven bags of garbage in a recycling bin last week. The were unable to find enough evidence within the bags to make a case against whoever deposited the bags, he said.

Council member Kenny McAdoo suggested the council explore having the collection bins relocated to the Tama County Engineer's Office property on East 5th Street.

The council also discussed the possibility of installing a solar-powered or other type of security camera to monitor the bins.

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The issue and a reply from the commission will be on the city council agenda for Nov. 18.

9th Street

Bridge Progress

Preliminary actions for replacement of the bridge on East 9th Street over Mud Creek in Tama continue with a public hearing scheduled for Dec. 5. Comment will be heard on final site selection design and site location.

Tama has received approval for a total of up to $1 million in DOT grant funding to help pay for the project. The city's share is 20 percent of the total cost.

The council approved transfer of $36,460 from the Road Use Tax fund to begin funding the city's share of the project on a 5-0 vote.

The East 9th street route is one of two accesses to city-owned Oak Hill Cemetery. The surrounding area has been eyed for possible future development as well city officials have said.

In other business Monday the council:

directed City Attorney Dan Rathjen to prepare proceedings for a $25,000 loan to Martin Hardon for rehabilitation of a downtown building at 127 W. 3rd St. under the city's Economic Development and revitalization Program.

approved purchase of a chlorine regulator for the water treatment plant at a cost of $18,00 to be used as back up equipment.

approved transfer of $16,000 from the reserve fund to capital projects to pay for Skateboard Park equipment and basketball equipment for the park.



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