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Call on Tama city leaders to act on properties

September 5, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A pair of long-time downtown Tama businessmen called upon the city council Monday night to step up their focus on properties:

Ed Hardon said he was returning to the council because he wants action now on a building adjacent to one he owns.

John Willett said he sees a "bigger issue" and the council "needs input" on what to do.

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Ed Hardon and John Willett

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Hardon, owner of a number of downtown properties, had been before the council on July 7 seeking action on the building at 107 W. 3rd after the roof collapsed into the building.

He said he now fears damage to his building to the west which houses a cafe because of the ability of rain water to infiltrate the wall due to the condition of the adjacent building. He said water seeping into the building in the winter will freeze and create additional problems.

Hardon said he had offered building owner Jeff Filloon a total of $3,000 for the property - "What I believed he paid for it." Since then he said County Assessor records show a $2,000 purchase price. He said he received a written offer from Filloon to sell him the property for $13,800.

Hardon said he wouldn't pay that price and another $40,000 to $50,000 to tear it down but is "negotiable."

He said an additional five new apartments are currently being finished in properties he owns or is associated with which are located downtown and will require additional off-street parking for tenants.

Mayor Dan Zimmerman said Filloon, who is the Tama Police Chief, had been served with a notice to take care of problem with the building according to City Code requirements. It was reported Filloon has had new trusses built and is ready to begin building a new roof.

Willett, a Tama attorney, said, "it's the tip of the iceberg and it's going to overwhelm the city if we don't get on it."

He credited council members for their volunteer work and said they have an "overwhelming job."

"I can round up a bunch of people who care about Tama, it's appearance...and want to keep as positive note."

He said the result would not be a "bitch" session but "would have input to assist the city..."

In other council business Monday:

the council approved on a 5-0 vote what was described as a "one-time wash down" of the Iowa Premium beef facility prior to start up of the plant. The waste water will be allowed to be discharged into the Tama sanitary sewer system at a cost IPB to be determined by the city. The plant, at the site of the former Tama Pack on Tama;s east side is planning to reopen and employ some 600 meatpackers. A total of $40 million in plant improvements have been announced by IQB. Council members voting in favor were Kenny McAdoo, Crystal Kaufman, Steve Baier, Doug Ray and Mike Carnahan.

accepted the bid of Andy Chyma for $22,500 for one year ($67,500 for three years) for rental of 104 acres of city-owned farmland.

will consider an ordinance change and amendment setting the charge for requesting s a Board of Adjustment meeting at $100. John Lloyd, public works director, said the fee will aid in paying for mailings associated with board meetings and could discourage frivolous meeting requests. Board of adjustment members include sue Carnahan, Mike Wedmore, Jim Plantz and Cecil Bearden. There is one vacancy on the board.

learned there were computer control panel problems with the effort to restore the Tama fire siren to working condition. The siren can now be manually activated with new batteries installed.

learned Gov. Terry Branstad has given official approval for members of the Tama Police Department to vote to decide if they want to participate in the Social Security System. The Governor's permission is part of a set procedure for certain public employees seeking to add social Security benefits.

approved amending the current 2015 fiscal year budget from $5,424,967 to $6,282,211. No public comments were heard or received during a public hearing Monday night. City clerk Judy Welch said the reasons for the hike included $300,000 fire truck, $21,000 for library tuckpointing, $150,000 Community Development Block Grant housing Project, $15,000 for police computer software, $2,000 for fire siren repairs and $13,254 for Social Security if the police department adopts the plan. Welch noted the city is going to loan it's own reserve cash to itself to pay for the fire truck.

approved the City Street Financial Report showing expenditures totaling $276,121 from Road Use Tax funds, $243,499 in general street expenditures and $95,924 bonded for streets.

discussed sharing Tama-Toledo Family Aquatic Center summer opening and fall closing duties with the city of Toledo. Traditionally Toledo performs these and the City of Tama pays for mowing and fertilizing the pool grounds.

approved a payment totaling 4119, 563 to McCulley Culvert, Barnes City, for a portion of the work on the East 9th Street bridge replacement. Also set thre annual joint meeting of Toledo and Tama city council concerning the Aquatic Center for Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m.

discussed installation of solar-powered stop sign signals for West 13th Street. The council learned cost of each is $995. Stop signs at Sesame Drive and Trojan Road were under consideration. Council members questioned the use of flashing lights in a residential area.

approved a request to extend for six months the usual year-requirement for home construction in the Indian Hills Addition for Willy Russell for six months.



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