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Toledo City Council looks to rehab program for buildings

February 20, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Rehabilitation of an unidentified building or buildings in Toledo is the apparent aim of the Toledo City Council. Members voted 4-0 to apply for a Derelict Building Grant through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at the end of their regular meeting on Monday night, Feb. 10. Voting in favor were members Brian Sokol, Travis Mullen, Joe Boll and Terry Goodhart. Member Jeff Filloon was reported absent due to illness.

The vote to work with the Region 6 Planning Commission on the grant application came following a closed session held under the Iowa Open Meetings Law statute which allows for private discussion involving the purchase of real estate.

The DNR Derelict Building Program is geared to small communities and rural counties "to help improve the attractiveness and appearance of their towns" according to an informational brochure.

Requirements to be eligible for the program include:

county or city with less than 5,000 population

commercial or public building that a local government has ownership of or intent to own

applicant may partner with a local non-profit organization on a project

The program requires a "landfill diversion component" which sets a goal of recycling 30 percent of the structure which is torn down.

Reimbursements range from 100 percent of cost of removal of asbestos up to $10,000, engineer costs to $1,500 and environmental assessment Phase I to $3,000.

Building deconstruction and renovation costs can each be reimbursed up to 50 percent or a maximum of $50,000.

Renew CodeRED

Council members approved 4-0 renewing membership in the county emergency alert system- CodeRED - at a cost of $1,371 for the period of May, 2014-May, 2015.

Council member Boll said he had met with Tama County Emergency Management Director Mindy Benson concerning some issues with the alert system involving misdirected or alerts not issued. Boll said the problems appear resolved and the City of Toledo, which is nearing it's time allotment on the CodeRED system, will not be penalized if minute usage is exceeded under the current contract.

Approve 2015 Gold Wing Convention

Council members also approved city accommodations for the Gold Wing Road Riders Association to return their annual convention to Toledo next year on Sept. 25 and 26. The motorcycle organization held its state convention here in 2012.

The council agreed to allow overnight camping at the Toledo City Park, a lighted night parade and use of the parking lot at the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center for the "Top Gun Show," a motorcycle skill demonstration.

In other business the council:

accepted the low bid of Star equipment, Cedar Rapids for $7,000 for a jackhammer attachment. Other bids were VanWall John Deere, Tama $8,000 and Wilcox Equipment, rural Tama $8,500.

set a hearing for the 20-14-15 city budget for March 10 at 7 p.m.

approved a Class C beer sales permit for Dollar General Store.



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