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Toledo seeks new city clerk; Proceeds with new water plant preliminaries

April 24, 2014
By Allison Graham - The Chronicle ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The pursuit to hire a new Toledo City Clerk is underway. At the April 14 council meeting Terry Goodhart and Brian Sokol informed the council that there are seven applicants that they would like to interview.

Some of the interviews were already done on Thursday April 17. The council also discussed the salary for the clerk position.

Sokol said the average salary for a clerk of a city the size of Toledo is $41,000. Toledo's City Clerk salary ranges from $35,000-40,000. It is likely that the applicants will need to attend Iowa municipal clerk certification training. The entire council is sitting in on the interviews, which are considered open meetings but can be closed at the request of the applicant.

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Drawings of the planned new Toledo Water treatment plant. It is expected to be built on the same site as the present plant near South County?Road and West Carleton streets intersection.

Drawings/Snyder and Associates

Kelly Scott presented to the council regarding Toledo's water plant. Currently there is asbestos in the Toledo water plant.

The asbestos is in the window caulk, gaskets, and roofing with 1,700 square feet needed to be removed. The cost of a new water treatment plant is $2.9 million that will be financed with Community Development Block Grant Funding.

The earliest construction may begin is in July with completion required by May 31, 2016. Notices to contractors were to be sent out on Wednesday, April 15.

Bids will be accepted on May 9. On May 12 a contract is expected to be awarded.

Old Business

Mark Zmolek updated the council regarding the city's current sewer machine. It would cost $7500 for repair. Zmolek was advised that due to the age of the machine it would not be worth fixing. Used machines are around $14,000. Tama also has a sewer machine that is in need of some work.

Zmolek recommended combining the town's machines to make one functional machine. This would cost $1,000 to rebuild.

Report from the Mayor

Mayor Svoboda read a thank you letter from the food committee that helped with the Supreme Court Justices dinner. They were very appreciative for the use of the borrowed plates from the Reinig Center.

Svoboda was approached by the owner of Fueled. He is in the business of raising hydroponic greens for restaurants. He does orders for HyVee and other franchises.

In Other News

-A Reinig Center meeting was set for April 28 at 5:30 p.m.

-The Aquatic Center waterslide will be repaired by Fischer Bros. Cost for repair is $35,360 which will come out of the pool fund. The slide will be painted white as the purple paint trapped in heat, which lead to the deterioration of the slide.

-Landscaping at the Reinig Center will be done by city employees for the 2014 seasons. Weitzel Construction did landscaping last year at a cost of $2500. The community room may also be painted by a city employee during the winter months.

-The council unanimously voted to put the Toledo police forfeiture car and old squad car at auction with hopes to sell the cars for approximately $2500 a piece.

-Joe Lux, of Toledo was granted one month in regards to his property on Church Street. He stated that he might have an interested buyer.

-MIke Niewahner expressed concern regarding the recycling dumpsters near his home property. Niewahner stated that he has debris from the dumpsters come into his yard. Mullen will contact Eric Haughey and invite him to the next council meeting on April 28 to begin a discussion about recycling options.



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