Toledo City Council members began discussion on joining the City of Tama in efforts related to those convicted of crimes on city property during the regular council meeting on Tuesday, May 27.
There have been a handful of incidents reported at the new Tama Skate Park which prompted the Tama Council to recently take action. The most recent was a BB gun allegedly shot from a vehicle which struck a skateboarder.
This prompted the Tama Council to pass a ban for anyone convicted of a crime occurring on city property to not be allowed to be on any city property or use any city facilties for a year.
Tama would like Toledo to join in the efforts and enforce this law at the jointly-owned-Tama-Toledo Family Aquatic Center.
Council member Travis Mullen asked to have a community member who has a degree in Restorative Justice present at the next council meeting.
Any decision regarding this issue was tabled until that time.
Dave Chubb spoke to the council about the STC Baseball Club.
Chubb moved to the Tama-Toledo area four years ago from Des Moines. He is very passionate about youth baseball and started a club that, throughout his years in the community, has grown from nine total kids to six whole teams.
Chubb's goal is to hold youth baseball tournaments in town every weekend throughout the summer. He feels this will bring a lot of revenue to the community. This also provides a positive and fun activity for the youth of South Tama to participate in that keeps them in the community. There is a cost to be a part of the club but Chubb stated he never turns a youth away. The club hosts several fundraisers throughout the year to help pay for items such as equipment and team uniforms.
Chubb had a few questions for the Toledo City Council. His first inquiry was to find out if the lights worked at the Toledo Heights ball diamond. To the council's knowledge the lights are working but Mark Zmolek will stop by the park this week to double check. Chubb also needs to have the field pegged out for different age groups. The council asked Chubb to work up some estimates for the cost of the project.
Prescription Drug Day
Toledo Chief of Police Bob Kendall reported good news to the council in regards to an Outdated Prescription Drug Turn In Day. The day is set for Saturday, June 14.
Kendall has two options for how to destroy the drugs once they have been collected. Option one is to wait for a DEA agent to pick up the drugs in October.
However Kendall said the DEA may not continue this program due to costs. Option two is to take the drugs to the office of Rick Cooper DVM and have them burned in the crematory.
Church Street Property
Toledo homeowner Joe Lux was present at the council meeting regarding his property on Church Street. The council has been working with Lux for about two years regarding his property. Lux requested that the council grant him an additional year as he is now working with MICA for a possible grant.
Lux also said he is dealing with personal health issues. After making his request, Lux left the meeting before an option was discussed.
The council has decided to move forward with getting bids that would include asbestos removal. All council members present were in favor of this plan.
tabled until that time.
In other business:
El Campesino is under the new ownership of Los Charros Mexican Grill LLC and was approved for a liquor license effective June 1.
The council approved resolution #2014-08R, Transferring Funds unanimously. Filloon was absent.
Resolution #2014-09R, to approve the contract and performance and/or payment bonds for the Toledo Water Treatment Plant Project was tabled in a unanimous vote until the next meeting so the Toledo City Attorney can view the document. Filloon was absent for voting.
The Janitor Contract was approved with one change. That change was an increase in the janitor pay at the Police Department from $10 an hour to $15 an hour.
Terry Goodhart recommended hiring Julie Kelley as the utility clerk for the City of Toledo. Kelley would begin work on June 16 with a 90-day probation period to follow.
Janet Kriegel will attend city clerk certification training in July. All Toledo City Council members were in favor of this.
Don Vorwald was present to discuss property lines belonging to himself and a neighbor. Zmolek will check on the property easement and proceed from there.
An Aflac insurance representative visited the Toledo City Clerk's office in regards to accidental insurance. This is not something the council will be interested in at this time.
The Day Care Parking lot lines need to be repainted. Zmolek will look into this issue.
The council went into closed session. During closed session it was decided that bids would be acquired for asbestos removal for the property at 700 S Church Street.