Upon the recommendation of Tama Police Chief Jeff Filloon, the over-the-counter liquor sales license renewal for Las dos Fuentes was refused on a 3-0 vote of the Tama City Council Monday night.
In a note to council members, Filloon said the police department has cited Las dos Fuentes for serving alcohol after hours twice in the past year. He wrote the Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) will "probably reinstate the license on appeal."
However, he said the feeling of the department and himself is "It should be denied to at least set the tone that we will not put up with her violating state. law. The bar is operated by Maria Perez.
Las dos Fuentes in downtown Tama.
Voting to deny the license were council members Kenny McAdoo, Doug Ray and Steve Baier. Members Mike Carnahan and Crystal Kaufman were absent.
According to City Clerk Judy Welch the current Las dos Fuentes liquor license expires at midnight tonight (Friday, March 7.) Perez has 30 days to appeal the denial after receiving notice and can continue to operate during that time. If an appeal is filed, the bar can also continue to be open until a ruling is issued by the Alcohol Control Division.
Los dos Fuentes is located at 131 W. 3rd St. It has been open since mid-2011 at that location. Some readers will remember the spot as the longtime site of the Tomahawk Sweet Shop.
Council members did approve renewal of a liquor sales license for Tama-Toledo Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6607, 1615 E. 5th St., on a 3-0 vote.
In other business Monday the council:
set city-wide clean up week for april 28-May 1..
approved advertising for two part-time summer employees.
approved an engineering services amendment with Snyder Associates for design work on the city's $1.2 million sewer improvement project. Public Works Director John Lloyd said priorities for the upcoming work include purchase and installation of a generator for a sewer lift station, an alarm system for the sewer treatment plant to alert employees of problems with the operation on off-duty hours; possible changes in flow to stop back ups along East 5th Street.
approved a supplemental agreement for engineering at bidding for Calhoun-Burns Associates for up to $6,500 for the East 9th Street bridge project. The council tabled approval of a 238E agreement with the Tama County Engineer until costs involved are learned.
approved advertising for lawn mowing bids for properties not cared for by owners which the city then mows and mowing bids for the Tama-Toledo Family Aquatic Center.
approved a $3,500 expenditure by the Tama Fire Department for Rapid Intervention Team gear (RIT PAK) which will aid firefighters in entering a burning structure to rescue victims or firefighters. The cost will later be reimbursed by a grant which has already been approved but not yet received.
approved for City Clerk Judy Welch and Deputy Clerk Nancy Carlson to attend the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers meeting in Des Moines on April 9-11.
received information from the city of Algona about how community gardens are provided there. The council is studying offering the use of some city-owned property to residents for use for truck gardens. A decision may come at the April 7 regular council meeting.
received reports from Schoonover Tuckpointing, Vinton, on the need for exterior repairs to the Tama Water Treatment Plant, Tama Public Library and Lincoln Highway Bridge. Deterioration is noted at each location.