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Toledo water rates now up effective July 20

July 23, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Paying for Toledo's new $3 million water treatment plant falls to the consumers with new rates went into effect on July 20.

City council members approved the hike Monday night, July 14, on a 5-0 voice vote following a public hearing at which no comments were heard.

The new rates will jump the minimum water-sanitary sewer monthly bill on the water side from $17.05 to $18.57, a nine percent increase.

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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 per 1,000 gallons, or a 24.9 percent hike.

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

Water rates in Toledo are customarily adjusted annually according to City Clerk Janet Kriegel.

The council also approved re-setting hearing date for Aug. 11 for a state revolving fund loan application in the amount of $3,065,000 to pay for the water plant improvement.

The new treatment plant will replace the current one which was built in the 1960s and update in the early 1980s. Dave Stoklasa, city engineer with Snyder Associates, evaluated the present plant and had recommended its replacement last year.

No Ban On Criminals

The council took no action as they did at the June 23 meeting and repeated they were not in favor of adopting a policy which would prohibit persons convicted of a crime which occurs on city property to be banned from the Tama-Toledo Family Aquatic Center.

The City of Tama adopted this ban in response to an incident at the Skate Board Park in which a person was shot with a BB gun. The policy in Tama bans those convicted from all city property for one year.

The Aquatic Center is jointly-owned by the cities and the Toledo Council is believed to also need to approve the ban for it to apply to the swimming pool facility. Council members said they believed enforcement would be an issue in identifying those who are banned. If such a policy were adopted in Toledo they said it would make volunteers at the Wieting Theatre responsible for the enforcement as well as library personnel, at the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center, Toledo Community Building and at other locations.

Council member Jeff Filloon, who is also Tama's police chief, said he believed the policy in Tama would likely only apply to two or three persons a year.

In other business on Monday night the council:

appointed member Brian Sokol to study and report on making available outdoor water meters for residential yard and garden use and filling of swimming pools. The meters allow for residents to use water without paying the matching sanitary sewer charge which is based upon water consumption because this water does not enter the system. The council said it could consider offering the meters next year. The city of Tama has offered the outdoor meters for the past two summers.

authorized City Attorney Mike Marquess to pursue collection of a water bill totaling $9,495 from I-Wireless which he said leased the business building at 101 West High St. Marquess said an apparent water leak resulted in the bill and the company is responsible for the cost.

opened demolition bids for 504 So. Church Street residence - Scott Shadden- $11,950, $13,900- Dostal Construction; and 700 So. Church residence - $12,975 - Scott Shadden, $19,313 - Dostal construction. The bids were referred to the council Housing and Rehabilitation Committee for study and a recommendation at the July 28 regular council meeting.

heard resident Roger Smith ask for action on a home at 301 N. East St. he said has been abandoned for several years and he said needs to be "burned or torn down." City Attorney Marquess was directed to check into the status of the property.



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