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Toledo Gas Board disbanded

March 6, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

When natural gas was brought to Toledo in 1960 by Iowa Electric Light and Power Company, a city Gas Board was established to oversee private hook-ups.

Council member Joe Boll, a long-time member of the board, told council members on Monday night, Feb. 24, the board has become "obsolete."

He said private firms making gas hook-ups complete a checklist and Alliant Energy looks over the installation and collects the checklist cards. This makes an inspection by a city worker unnecessary, Boll said.

In addition, an ordinance concerning the Gas Board which was rewritten in 1999 never became a part of the City Code, he said.

Current members of the Gas Board in addition to Boll include Tom Scharnweber, Dale Yuska and Larry Simpson.

On a motion by Boll, the board was eliminated.

In other business on Feb. 24 the council:

approved an agreement with the Tama County Human Society for the sheltering of dogs and cats found in Toledo at a $50 incoming fee. There is also a schedule of cost for euthanasia and creation if the animal is not adoptable. Police chief bob Kendall said animals are taken to the shelter instead of the city pound both when outdoor temperatures are extremely hot or cold.

approved again hiring Murray Steveson and Ann Blazek for summer help for 32 hours per week at $10 per hour. Both will work for six months. At the end of this period, blazek will move to a 29-hour work week through the winter months. Both employees work for the city last summer. It was noted city crews remain one person short of full staff.

said the city will continue to allow Larry Bartling to mow hay on a 3.38 acre tract of city ground on the city's southwest side. The property will be added to the city's offering of farm leases in the fall.

set a budget amendment hearing for March 10 for the 2013-14 city budget.

approved a Class B beer sales license renewal for Mike's Pizza and a Class C liquor license for Toledo Cafe.



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