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Tama's East 9th Street bridge replacement moves forward

December 9, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A new crossing on East 9th Street promises to improve one of the routes to Oak Hill Cemetery in Tama. It is planned to replace a wooden bridge with a concrete box culvert to carry the flow of Mud Creek there.

Tama Council members gave their final go-ahead for the project Monday night, now it's up to the Iowa Department of Transportation to bid the project which is set for March 18.

Estimated cost of the project is $523,000 with Tama's share set at 20 percent. The rest is to be paid from federal funding.

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View eastward over East 9th Street bridge which is slated for replacement by a cement box culvert at an estimated cost of $523,000.
News-Herald/John Speer

Following a public hearing members Kenny McAdoo, Robert Tyynismaa, Crystal Kaufman and Steve Baier voted in favor. Member Mike Carnahan was absent.

Council members also approved the city's participation an another round of housing rehabilitation projects.

A total of eight home owners have applied for assistance this time. If approved by Iowa Economic Development Authority Rural Housing, up to $271,192 in Community Develop-

ment Block grant funds will be committed to the project.

Tama will add another $20,000.

Mayor Dan Zimmerman said 11 homes were funded for the plan in the last fiscal year.

The homes for which applications have been submitted are south of 13th Street and west of State Street for this year.

The Region 6 Planning commission oversees the local program.

In other business Monday night the council:

voted 2-2 on a motion to raise the cost of grave spaces in Baby Land at Oak Hill Cemetery from $15 to $50. With a tie vote, the motion failed. It was noted the price of grave spaces in this section of the cemetery have remained the same for more than 30 years. Voting in favor were Baier and McAdoo. Voting no were Kaufman and Tyynismaa.

voted 4-0 to advertise for bids for painting the Oak Hill Cemetery fencing.

approved purchase of five fire department air tanks at a total cost of $4,770. The tanks will be paid for from fire department donations. Assistant Fire Chief Stuart Eisentrager told council members the department needs to replace five tanks which are at the 15-year allowable age for use.



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