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Holiday spirit coming to Tama’s Oak Park

City Council Boosts Sisters’ Plan

November 25, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama businesswoman Julie Chyma told the Tama City Council Monday night, Nov. 18, an image she had caught on the internet had inspired her to seek permission to transform the bandstand at Tama's Oak Park.

Council members received a copy from the internet of this similar structure "all decked out" for the holiday season.

Chyma has enlisted her sister Joni Simpson to help out with what looks to become be a memorable display at the park located in between the 1600 blocks of McClellan and State streets.

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Watch for the bandstand in Oak Park to be transformed into a seasonal display thanks ot the effortss to sisters Julie Chyma and Joni Simpson.
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Chyma said they had already gathered a few donations to make the project possible.

It didn't take a lot of prompting from the sisters to gain council permission to decorate and use city electricity to light the display.

Members even voted to add an extra $100 for the project. Julie said she will put a timer on the lights which will be on from about 5 p.m.- 10 or 10:30 p.m. nightly.

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Asked if the sister' husbands were helping the council was told by Joni the men were "volunteered."

Tama city workers were busy Monday putting up decorations in the downtown area.

The council also approved sprucing up the shelter house at Oak Park.

Mayor Dan Zimmerman said city workers had repainted the ceiling of the structure two years ago but it was already in need of paint again.

The council decided to use a professional service, Carlson Painting, rural Tama, to repaint the ceiling next spring at a cost of $1,200.

In other business Monday the council:

approved a resolution to allow John Lloyd, Public Works director, to perform certified water duties for other cities during non-working hours for the City of Tama. Lloyd said the City of Chelsea was in need of certified operator beginning in December. The Department of Natural Resources requires cities to have trained personnel for municipal water and sanitary sewer services.

viewed an engineering plan for the East 9th Street bridge replacement and held discussion of the project with adjacent property owners Mike and Jackie Skala and Jeff Sogge, property acquisition specialist with Clappsaddle-Garber Engineering, Marshalltown. Sogge said replacement of the wooden bridge over Mud Creek with a culvert will require 1/3 acre of the Skalas' property and a temporary easement for 1/3 acre of their property. The Skalas were assured a farm field drive with culvert would be replaced. Jackie Skala said there is some issue with maintenance of East 9th Street. She said the city roadway becomes a county road at a distance 30 feet east of the present bridge at the Tama city limits. She said water runoff from Business Highway 30 comes down the center of the road from the west.

took no action on a request by Karna smith to waive a $100 water service deposit. Smith said she felt it was "a slap in the face and no a very nice welcome to Tama." Smith told council members she had lived and owned a residence in Tama in the past and had recently moved to back to Tama. Council members Steve Baier and Kenny McAdoo said the deposit is assessed to all new customers. City Clerk Judy Welch said deposits are refunded after one year to customers who are in good standing in paying heir bills.

approved final payment totaling $6,236 to American Ramp Company, Joplin, Mo. ,for equipment for the new Tama Skate Park at 9th and McClellan streets.

learned the Oak Hill Cemetery Association wants painting done at the cemetery and is seeking grants and city participation to pay for it.

approved a city budget amendment resolution totaling $1,878,078 to $5,361,193 which reflects revenue and expenses including a $1 million sewer improvement project, the 9th Street bridge replacement estimated at $500,000, city ambulance $50,000 and city workmen's compensation insurance premium totaling $70,700.

approved an Economic and Revitalization revolving loan for Martin and Danielle Hardon for a business property at 127 West 3rd St. in the amount of $25,000 at 2.25 percent interest.



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