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Toledo Council gets "catty" over strays

April 3, 2014
By Allison Graham - Chronicle Staff Writer ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Spring is finally arriving and with that comes green grass, trees budding, flowers blooming and animals twitter-patting. This will add to the growing stray cat problem in town. The Toledo City Council may have found the "purr-fect" solution for issues surrounding stray cats that are, quite literally, "out of the bag".

All cat puns aside, Mayor Dave Svoboda looked to the neighboring community of Belle Plaine for ideas. According to the mayor, Belle Plaine citizens are instructed to call the local police department and request a live trap. if there are stray cats wandering about If a cat is trapped within a few days the local police take the cat and house them for seven days. If not claimed there are people who will take the cats to try and find them homes.

The Tama County Humane Society is currently not taking cats due to being at capacity. This is very similar to what Tama does as well. The Toledo Council decided to invest in a second trap, which costs approximately $40, and if complaints are received they will proceed with a plan similar to the city of Belle Plaine and Tama. A note for pet owners, if your cat or dog has a collar and tags they will attempt to take any found cats or dogs to the Humane Society.

Grease Pits Cause Back Ups

Another item of much discussion were the grease pits that local businesses use to dispose of food grease. It was brought to the attention of the council that there have been some sewer back-up issues near the Hwy 30/63 intersection. The back-up is believed to be caused by grease from several restaurants near the Business U.S. 30 and 63 junction.

The city has been unclogging these private line sewer systems for a cost of $100. Through discussion it was said this is vastly cheaper than having your home septic line unclogged. A home line can cost upwards of $400.

The council decided with a unanimous vote that a letter would be sent to these local restaurants informing them that the city will no longer offer these sewer cleaning services. City Ordinance 2012-030 expands ordinance 96.05 about maintenance requirements. A copy of the ordinance will be included with the letter to these businesses. Companies like KCI can also provide an inceptor to the businesses at no additional cost.

The property at 504 S. Church Street owned by Joe Lux was discussed. Lux was on the agenda to speak at the council meeting, but was not present. The council decided unanimously, after working with Lux for two years, that Lux will be served a letter. The letter will inform Lux that he has 30 days to find a contractor to tear down the property. If the 30 days are lapsed the council will then take action to have the property destroyed.

Mowing Bids

The council heard all of the bids for the city mowing contracts which included:

The first number is Group A (Day Care and Reinig Center. The second number is Group B bids (Columbian Addition, Fire Station, Water Treatment Plant and Toledo Heights): Graff Landscaping, $95, $75; Evertt Werner, $300, $150; Danny Schuett, $100, $100; Randy and Justin Matherly, $78.50, $128.50; D and S Mowing $120, 240; Erik Noss $90, $100; Don Vorwald $135, $90.

The bid went to Don Vorwald after a unanimous council vote due to Vorwald's quality of service and some other maintenance items he had in his contract.

In other business on Monday March 24:

The council unanimously voted in favor approving the Resolution #2014-04 for the pool appropriation and $1,000 for fireworks.

A unanimous vote in favor will allow prom goers to use of the Community Building for pictures.

The Community Building will be allowed to use plates from the Reinig Center for an event on April 9. Brian Sokol and Joe Boll voted in favor with Jeff Filloon voting against due to an existing policy that states, no items shall be removed from the Reinig Center. Travis Mullen and Terry Goodhart were absent. The council would like to know who will be transporting the dishes to assure they are returned to the Reinig.

Chief Bob Kendall reported that Officer Nathan Wunn will graduate from the Law Enforcement Academy on April 18.

Mark Zmolek reported Brent Dammann has earned his sprayer's license an Rob Werner has earned his Grade 1 Water Certification.



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