With the anticipated opening of IPB, housing for new residents continues to be a topic of discussion-
Newbury Living Apartment housing for potential Iowa Premium Beef employees continues to be an area of discussion for the Toledo City Council. Bob Rafferty, attorney for Newbury Living, presented information to the council regarding the Newbury Living project. A new location for the housing project is now being sought by the development company. The company made an offer on the Budget Inn property on the corner of S. Church St and Highway 30, and are currently waiting to hear if the offer will be accepted. Rafferty explained the company is seeking a letter of support from the council with the possibility of 50% tax abatement for 10 years. Verbal support was offered by the council at the meeting.
Numerous nuisance properties were discussed by the council including properties at 301 N East, 700 S. Church and 205 S. Broadway. In regards to the property at 301 N East St, a letter will be sent by city attorney Mike Marquess notifying the owners that the property will need to be cleaned.
At the July 28 council meeting, council members voted 4-0 in favor of accepting the property at 700 S. Church with an additional $20,000 donation from Wells Fargo. The council voted to rescind that decision on Aug. 11 due to the unknown factor of asbestos at the property.
Green Iowa Electronics Recycling
Mike Micleff spoke to council members about his new initiative, Green Iowa Electronics Recycling. Micleff was seeking council approval to set up a receptacle designed for recycling old electronic equipment such as iPods, stereo equipment, cell phones, and other items of that nature. The device will be approximately four feet by four feet and will be located on a pedestal next to the Toledo Legion. Micleff will also offer pick up service for larger items such as flat screen televisions. The bin will be available for use in approximately one to two weeks.
Sewer Plant Control Panel
The city of Toledo's sewer system runs off three lift stations with two pumps at each station for a total of six pumps. It was recently discovered by Mark Zmolek that four of the six pumps are no longer functioning properly with two being unrepairable. The cost to replace the pumps will be roughly $24,000. There is also a need to replace the current control panel. Zmolek sought advice from the council for two different options. Option one would be to replace the panel for $8000. Option two is to buy a used control panel for $4000. The used control panel has 100 hours of use, compared to the current panel, which Zmolek estimated to have nearly 3000 hours of use. Both panels would have the same warranty of one year. After discussion by the council it was recommended to purchase the used panel.
Iowa Pump from Des Moines will begin completing yearly maintenance at a cost of $800.
In other council business:
*Sandy McAntire owner of Shoestring Jungle was granted a permit to put up a fence on her business property.
*Kevin Nelson was approved as Toledo Library Trustee.
*Farm leases will remain intact for another year.
*Approved resolution 2014-14R to transfer funds to pay loan obligations.
*Approved Resolution 15R to approve Street Finance Report.
*Approved resolution 2014-17R authorizing and approving a water revenue loan and disbursement agreement.
*Toledo resident Joe Lux, owner of the property at 504 S. Church St, informed the council he has found a contractor who will take down the house in a manner that will allow him to preserve any usable lumber. The process is set to start on Aug. 25.