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Water rate hike seen for Toledo

July 3, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Water rates in Toledo are likely headed up. Toledo City Council members set a hearing on the proposed hike for July 14 during their regular meeting on Monday, June 23.

The boost probably shouldn't come as a surprise as construction on a new $3 million water treatment plant is set to begin in July.

Rates also have been adjusted for the fiscal year beginning July 1 for a number of years according to City Clerk Janet Kriegel.

The proposed rates, if approved, will jump the minimum monthly bill on the water side from $17.05 to $18.57, a nine percent increase.

For any part of the first 12,000 gallons used, the charge per 1,000 gallons is proposed to cost $6.67 up from the current $5.15 or a 23 percent increase. For all usage over 12,000 gallons, the charge is $5.97 or a 24.9 percent hike.

Water bills in Toledo also reflect a monthly sanitary sewer service charge.

A hearing date of July 14 was also set for a state revolving fund loan application in the amount of $3,065,000 to pay for the water plant improvement.


Wage increases and salaries for city employees were approved as budgeted. They include: Mark Zmolek, public works director $47,248; Robert Kendall, police chief $45,613; Greg Johnson, EMS director $44,755; Bill Davis public works foreman $42,183; Dan Quigley, police sergeant $42,178; Garret Schissel, water operator $41,267; Janet Kriegel, city clerk $36,000.

And, Andrea Young, police officer $39,791; Nathan Wunn, police officer $39,040; Mark Dvorak, cemetery sexton $37,835; Brent Dammann, equipment operator $37,835; Jenny Bledsoe, librarian $29,376; Sheri McFate, library assistant $22,860; Julie Kelley, water clerk $10.25 hourly; Ann Blazek, street department $10.25 hourly.

And, mayor $2,500 annually; city council members $20 per meeting.

The council approved the hiring of Lucas Hauser as a police officer. He is a certified officer and works part-time as and officer in Melbourne.

Lincoln Highway - Buyways event

Council members heard a report on plans for the Lincoln Highway Buy-Ways event at the Lincoln Highway Bridge Park in Tama on Aug. 7-9 from Jeannie Sieck and Coleen Davis.

Sieck and Davis have led a renovation effort of the park by community volunteers.

The national event is a three-day yard sale along the route. At the Tama historical site it is planned to have vendors selling antiques, collectibles, novelties and food. Entertainment and family activities are planned for Saturday, Aug. 9.

The 100th anniversary Meskwaki Powwow is also scheduled for Aug. 6-10. The orignal Lincoln Highway route passed by the Powwow Grounds on the settlement west of Tama.

In other business on Monday, June 23, the council:

Public works Director Mark Zmolek said work will begin shortly on two projects on south Broadway. Both are aimed at improving storm water flow to catch basins along the street. Klusener Construction, Farley, Iowa, has been contracted to tear out and replace sections of the street extending seven feet toward the center between Marshall and College streets on Broadway at a cost of $16,000 and for a portion of Broadway north from Ohio Street at a cost of $14,000.

approved establishing a capital improvement plan upon the recommendation of 2nd Ward Council member Joe Boll. He said this would enable city departments to place excess budgeted amounts into accounts to pay for future purchases. He said this would provide some relief for bonding to buy major equipment purchases such as fire trucks.

tabled action on having the west doors at the Police Department tinted. Earlier this year the council had also considered the matter. A bid totaling $640 from a Cedar Rapids firm was considered too high by Mayor Dave Svoboda and Council Member Terry Goodhart. Police Chief Robert Kendall was directed to seek another bid.

approved a $2,500 donation to the Tama-Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce from hotel-motel tax money to assist in funding a musical light show to expand the Tama County Courthouse lawn Holiday Explosion display. Council members said the hotel-motel tax fund would have a remaining balance of about $22,000 with the Chamber donation.

the council also approved a resolution approving the transfer of $1,800 form the hotel-motel tax fund to pay for bandstand improvements at the courthouse and $2,000 from general fund money to pay a shortfall in the solid waste collection fund.

reviewed building permits for: Cesar Barajas, 800 S. Main for a 12 Ft. x 12 ft. storage shed at a cost of $1,000; Raymond Kriegel, 104 N. Harrison for a 16 ft. x 16 ft. deck $2,000; Shaun Upah, 202 w. Washington, fence and 20 ft. x 36 ft. deck $2,000; and Bruce Muecke, 1102 S. Broadway, 28 ft. x 30 ft. garage $20,000.

approved online class enrollment for city employees for water and sanitary sewer classes.

approved a cigarette sales permit for Dollar General Store.



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