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Tom Jones will “meet” Elvis at Reinig-Toledo Civic Center

Council gives go-ahead to commercial show

December 6, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

In a move which may open up the venue at the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center, the Toledo City Council voted 4-0 at their regular meeting on Monday night, Nov. 25, to allow booking a for-profit performance at the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center. While the contract had not yet been signed last week, plans are to bring the Tom Jones Meets Elvis Tribute Show to the center in May, 2014.

Ronny Craig - Craig Plueger - a former Tama-Toledo resident, is the emcee for the show which has been performed around the state. The show stars Irv Cass in the roles of Jones and Presley.

The show manager, Larry Tuttle, had not yet firmed up the deal with the Tama County Economic Development Office which books the Reinig Center as of Nov. 27, Joanne Husak, Economic Development secretary, said.

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Irv Cass as Elvis Presley. Cass has starred in the Legends in Concert shows in Las Vegas as Elvis Presley.
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Husak told The Chronicle this was the first booking of this type in her memory since the center opened in 2004.

Mayor Dave Svoboda endorsed the council action pointing to "all the money spent for advertising" the availability of the Reinig Center last year.

The event is a dinner show. However, the promoters do not want involvement with alcoholic beverage sales, City Clerk Julie Wilkerson told the council.

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Those sales are reserved by the City of Toledo, the licensee for the location. To provide alcoholic beverages, the city charges a $45 set up fee, $7.50 hourly for each bartender and reburies hourly payment for the presence of a certified police officer.

The council tabled a decision on providing bar service until more information is learned. Members expressed concern the cost ot the city, which totals some $185, might not be recovered.

Reinig-Toledo Civic Center Rules

Regulations for the center operation prohibit some commercial usages such as sales of merchandise and auctions. In addition, teen dances are not permitted nor are events which are repeated on a regular basis.

According to Chronicle files the rules were established to prevent outside competition for local merchants in sales. Also, the regulations are intended assure the center isn't tied up for specific times which would interfere with the intended usage spelled out in the original bequote of Leona Reinig. It said, in part, the building should be available for family, community and club events.

Street Parking For Methodist Church

Alternate parking near Christ United Methodist Church in the 300 block of South Broadway has not been enforced traditionally during church services, funerals and weddings. council members said Monday night during a public hearing.

This practice may be continued with a couple of modifications.

City Attorney Mike Marquess was directed to draft an ordinance change for consideration at a second hearing set for Dec. 9.

The Rev. Brian Oliver, pastor for the church, told council members parking was limited in the area and the church depended upon the spaces during service times.

Placement of covers over the alternate parking signs during church events and restricting parking on spaces closest to the Ross Street and Broadway intersection are in the proposed solution.

Wieting Theatre Parking

Elimination of a pair of parking spaces on East High Street at the Church Street intersection will not be designated with signs.

Two of the four parking spots near the Wieting Theatre had already been designated on parking by paining restriction lines. However, snow covered these and vehicles continued to park in them, the council noted.

As a result, signs reading "No Parking Here to Corner" were directed to be installed and the added parking space on each side on the intersection will be included.

The move is on a trial basis as a safety measure after concerns about visibility were brought to the council in November by Wieting Theatre Guild member Mark Tanke.

City Employee Meals

Council members went another round Monday concerning providing meals to city employees in certain circumstances.

City practice has been to buy meals for employees who are working long and odd hours for snow removal, during city-wide clean-up or in emergencies, it has been reported.

The 2012 City Audit Report raised questions about the meals. Beth Miller. Bowman and Miller PC, the city's audit firm, told the council in a report on Nov. 11 the meals could be considered income and was only being doen for select employees.

She said if the practice were to continue the city needed a policy governing it.

On Monday, the position of the ciy employee union was discussed and clarification of it was directed to be sought.

A proposed ordinance drafted by City Attorney Marquess was offered but was tabled to Dec. 7.

In other business the council:

approved a Region 6 Housing Program designation for areas north of Ross Street for housing rehabilitation. The area currently has a total of eight homes with applications for assistance on file.

approved property tax abatements under the urban revitalization plan for up to $75,000 improvements for a period of five years for Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. for a 90 ft. x 178 ft. building addition at 404 South County Rd. and for Chyma Machine and Welding - Paul Chyma for a shop addition at 206 2nd Ave. South.

heard a public works update from Mark Zmolek, director, which included: the Tama-Toledo Family Aquatic Center poll has been drained and winterized; a north side sewer system line is being televised and cleansed at an estimate cost of $5,000; problems continue at the city burn pile site with Zmolek able to catch someone who deposited a load of wood from a tree in Tama and having it removed; street cleaning stopped after frost and snowfalls; a new water valve and 300 ft. of line has been installed on South County Road (U.s. Highway 63) in front of Thys Chevrolet; a review of overtime charges for a Sunday funerals is needed after the first Sunday burial in a number of years was conducted at city-owned Woodlawn Cemetery; snow removal equipment was ready and three part-time drivers were available to haul snow; and the Toledo City Park facilities have been winterized.

approved a liquor license renewal for Designer Inn and Suites.

approved first reading of a policy establishing a rural resident on the Toledo Public Library Board. The measure was approved by voters in the Nov. 5 city elections.

set the City employees and officials Christmas Party for Dec. 7 at the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center and waived the rental fee.



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