City water officials last month told the Tama City Council concerns are being voiced in other cities, Des Moines in particular, over the addition of fluoride to municipal water supplies. Council members said they would mull over the idea of holding a public hearing for input from residents concerning the practice.
On Monday night the council made little comment, but took no further action on setting a hearing.
This was after Tama dentist Nick Kubik presented a report of extensive scientific health findings in support of the process and Public Works Director John Lloyd stating Water Superintendent Kent Campbell suggested scuttling the idea of a hearing.
Tama city officials are seated for their first meeting of the new year on Monday, Jan. 6. From left are Council members Steve Baier and Crystal Kaufman, Mayor Dan Zimmerman, Council members Doug Ray, Mike Carnahan and Kenny McAdoo, City Attorney Dan Rathjen and City Clerk Judy Welch. The council has regular meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month. A special budget workshop meeting is set for Monday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in preparation for the city’s 2014-15 fiscal year budget. News-Herald/John Speer
In December, Campbell told the council Tama's water supply has a natural occurrence of four-parts-per-million of fluoride and it is "fed" an additional three parts -per-million to bring it to recommended Department of Natural Resources standards.
Dr. Kubik said facts of the dental and health benefits and "60 years of use" support "optimally fluoridated water." He also read a letter from the heads of the University of Iowa Dental, Medical and Public Health schools which supported the continued fluoridation process.
In other business Monday the council:
approved renewal of a three-year certificate of deposit of $1 million in Tama city funds with The State Bank of Toledo at an annual rate of one percent interest. City Clerk Judy Welch said Lincoln Savings Bank had offered a slightly lower interest rate totaling .95 percent which would yield $500 less annually in interest.
directed Welch to contact a person who is interested in purchasing the "Pocket Park" in the 200 block of West 3rd Street. The City of Tama acquired the property after the Tama Meat and Provisions and an adjacent building which last housed Leno's Saloon were torn down. Plans have been to develop the area for a green space park. The possible purchaser of the property will be requested to provide more details of plans for the space at the next council meeting on Jan. 20.
approved purchase of up to five sets of bunker gear consisting of firefighter coats and pants at an expected sot of about $1,300 per set. Fire Chief Paul Ellenbecker told the council the department is required by state regulations to replace the gear periodically. He said the Tama Fire Department will need to replace a total of 17 sets over the next few years. The department has $8,000 budgeted for the purchase.
approved matching $1,000 in Tama-Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce funds for purchase of new or replacement Christmas decorations for the downtown area.
set Monday, Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m. for a council budge workshop.
approved the city as a pass-through facilitator for Tama County Foundation grant applications for the Tama-Toledo Area Chamber for updating of Christmas lighting on the Courthouse square; Oak Hill Cemetery for painting pillars, fences and sign; Tama-Toledo Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6607 for additional veterans flags for cemetery; Tama County Livestock and Fair Association for a computer purchase; and the city itself for replacing street Christmas decorations.