Tama Mayor Dan Zimmerman appealed to Tama residents and businesses Monday night to spruce up their properties citing areas which are in need of repairs and sprucing up.
Zimmerman said the coming opening of the Iowa Premium Beef plant should be an incentive to improve the appearance of properties.
It was announced the plant is expected to resume operations this fall after $48 million in property and equipment investments are made.
Trouble At Skate Park
The call went along with problems at the new Tama Skateboard Park at 9th and McClellan streets. Zimmerman brought a bag full of garbage he had collected at the site earlier in the day to the council meeting.
Council members directed two garbage barrels be placed at the park in an effort to stem the littering. It ws noted the original intent was for those using the park to police the area themselves.
Zimmerman warned he would order the ramps pulled out of the park if improvements are not seen.
in addition, Tama Police Chief Jeff Filloon notified the council three reports of assaults at the park had recently been received. He is recommending persons convicted of crimes on city property be banned.