Despite the ongoing problem of illegal garbage disposal at the Tama recycling bin site, it looks like they will remain, Mayor Dan Zimmerman reported to the council Monday. Zimmerman and the council had threatened to close the site and proposed moving it to the Tama county engineer's Office location on East 5th Street. However, that proposal was rejected. Zimmerman said the city's landfill fees would increase if the site is closed.
Now being considered is a gate which could be locked at night. However, some council members said they believed offenders would simply throw trash over the gate or surrounding fence.
Tama Police have charged at least two persons recently for alleged illegal dumping at the site which is north of the Tama Civic Center, Public Works complex at 5th and Harding streets.
Ice Skating Rink
Council member Kenny McAdoo proposed building upon the success of the new Tama Skate Park by building a winter ice skating rink. He said "kids also need something ot do in the winter." Locations of the East 3rd Street Park, an area northwest of the Tama Civic Center and the ball diamond area north of Oak Park were suggested.
McAdoo said Tama had a rink years ago on the current site of the Tama Public Library.
Council member Crystal Kaufman said lights would likely be necessary because school would be in session and the rink would be used at night. It was noted electricity had been installed for a RAGBRAI overnight stay at the ball diamond in 2008.
Police Chief Jeff Filloon told the council he had previously checked into liners and said they are typically 20 mills thick and made out of a tarp-like plastic material. he estimated the cost of the liner at $600.
In other business Monday the council:
approved hiring Mike German, 45, as a patrol officer on the police department. He fills the vacancy of officer Kimberly Schwartz who left last month to join the Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Force. German has been serving as a Meskwaki officer. He will start on April 12 at a annual pay of $38,250. The pay raises to $39,750 on July 1 when pay raises for all city employees go into effect.
approved application for a $300,000 transportation funding application through the Region 6 Planning Commission for part of the proposed $2.2 million 5th Street improvement project. The infrastructure improvements are a long-range plan which will require a variety of funding sources.
accepted a contract let by the Iowa Department of Transportation for replacement of the East 9th Street bridge with a built-on-site culvert at cost of $2188,798. The contract was awarded to McCulley Culvert Inc., Barnes City.
learned repairs to a slide at the Tama-Toledo Family Aquatic Center will cost $32,890. The repairs to the slide include restoration of the entire surface. In a project proposal, Fischer Bros. LLC, Waterslide Restoration Co., Eau Claire, Wisc., noted the slide had deteriorated in part due to its purple color. It will be changed to a light color on the sliding surface as part of the work. There have been ongoing problems reported with the slide since its initial installation in 2006. A new slide costs over $300,000 according ot City Clerk Judy Welch.
discussed the possibility of sharing a city clerk with Toledo. Toledo City Clerk Julie Wilkerson resigned recently to accept the city manager position in Reinbeck. Member Ray said using one clerk might result in a money savings for both cities and Toledo would benefit form the years of experience of Tama Clerk Welch. However, she said she would not foresee a savings and didn't believe the proposal was workable. Other council members and city officials said the differences in ordinances, city service rates and procedures would make it difficult for a city clerk ot be shared.
accepted the bid of Everett Werner for on-call general lawn mowing at $33.33 per occurrence. The city hires an outside person to assist with mowing at times when city workers are tied up with other duties. The mowing usually involves private property which the owner has not mowed and is in violation. Other bidders included Dan Schuett $35, Whitetail Lawn Care $35 and Graff Landscaping $50.
tabled bids for mowing the Tama-Toledo Aquatic Center. Whitetail Lawn Care and D&S Lawn Mowing each submitted bids of $890 per mowing. Council members will meet with to discuss their bids and services. Other biffers were Graff Landscaping $85 and Tender Lawn Care $120.
directed Tama City Attorney Dan Rathjen to prepare documents for a downtown building revitalization loan for property at 137 West 3rd. st, the former M.r and Mrs. C's store building. Hardon's Inc. made the application and is in the process of remodeling the building.
approved payment totaling $1,350 for damage to a residence at 507 Oswego as the result of a practice burn by the Tama fire department in October, 2013. House siding and a window were damaged on the home adjacent ot the house which was used as a practice exercise.