The City of Toledo will pursue the option of an additional two-year extended warranty for the new $3.1 million water treatment plant. The council received an update from Kelly Scott, the city's engineer for the project with Snyder and Associates, on the goings on regarding the water plant at the June 13 city council meeting.
The reason the council has decided to explore the option of an extended warranty is Kleiman Construction, the plant general contractor, is now approximately three weeks behind schedule on work in relation to the water plant.
Work remaining includes asbestos removal and demolition of the old water plant.
Old Toledo water treatment plant at Carelton and So. County Road (U.S. 63) is to be razed.
The city had two options according to city attorney Mike Marquess:
Option one is to sue Kleiman for damages.
Option two is to add a two-year extended warranty to the existing two-year warranty, thus covering the facility for four years.
Toledo Brush Pile
On going problems with the Toledo brush pile were discussed by the council after complaints were received due to the pile being closed with no communication made to the public.
A reminder of the guidelines for the brush pile was posted to the city's Facebook page on June 2 stating: "Reminder that the city brush pile is for tree limbs, grass clippings and general yard waste only. Please do not leave construction material or garbage at this site."
Mayor Dave Svoboda paid a visit to the brush pile following the post and found items that were not in compliance with the city guidelines. He decided to close the brush pile at the very moment.
Councilman Steve Vesely said he received complaints that it was closed.
"If you all feel like you want it open we will open it and let the DNR close it," said Svoboda. The council decided to re-open the brush pile. Fines for dumping unacceptable items can range from $65-625.
Sergeant Quigley To Potentially
Assist Marshalltown P.D.
Sergeant Dan Quigley was asked to become a team member of the Marshalltown Negotiator Team.
"I am humbled to be asked," said Quigley. He would be the only officer in Tama County to be a part of the team.
Quigley would assist the negotiator team in Marshalltown and in turn the Marshalltown P.D. would assist the Toledo Police Department upon need.
2nd Ward Council Member Joe Boll was not opposed to the idea but wants to have something in writing to solidify the partnership. No decisions were made at this time to allow Quigley to join the team as the paperwork is currently being put together.
Sewer Sludge Building Plans
A public hearing was opened for discussion and feedback on the sewer sludge building.
The city is working to be in compliance with the Iowa DNR on how sludge is disposed of. Until this point the city has hauled sludge to the landfill. The DNR has previously informed the city that this is no longer allowed.
The city has elected to construct a building. The sludge will be stored in the building and will be pressed for water removal. There was no discussion or feedback and the hearing was closed. Following the hearing the council heard bids for construction of a hoop building, which is the most cost effective route. Weidner Construction (Marshalltown) won the bid for $237,862. The hoop building will have a 15-year warranty on the tarp that will act as the roof of the building. The completion date is set for the end of October 2016.
Reinig Center WiFi
Options to improve the quality of the Wi-Fi internet at the Reinig Center were discussed. The current Wi-Fi needs to be updated to accommodate usage of the internet when the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center is being rented as the current WiFi is not working properly and consistently.
This issue was discussed at a council meeting last month. At that time, councilman Travis Mullen suggested that Tama County Economic Development (TCED) pay for the one time $400-500 fee to update the system. This was suggested because of the arrangement that the city has set up with TCED.
Currently TCED operates out of the Reinig Center free of charge.
In exchange for receiving free office space the secretary at TCED fields all calls in regard to the Reinig Center and makes bookings. TCED declined to pay for the one time upgrade fee. Council memberBoll motioned for the city to pay the fee with the council voting 40-0 to approve. Council member Travis Mullen was absent.
In other business the council:
Don and Joyce Novak requested to purchase the alleyway adjacent to their house. All parties affected by the closure will be notified and this will be an agenda item at the next council meeting.
approved CDGB funds be used at 207 W. Carleton andt301 E. Carleton.
tapproved street closure during the Toledo Stoplight Festival on Broadway between State and High Street and the east side of State Street.
voted unanimously to raise the city's credit card limit from $3,000 to $10,000 with Mullen was absent.
approved city employee Brad Meek the operator at the city sewer plant. His compensation will go from $15.64 per hour to about $20 per hour.
it was reported an unnamed person took a fall in the women's bathroom at the community building. The city will contact Stein-Hrabak Floro?covering, Toledo, for replacement of the linoleum in the bathroom.
Mayor Svoboda expressed concern regarding a horse defecating in a downtown street and concern regarding backyard pools.
Homeowners with pools are required to have a permit as well as a fence.
Toledo Police Chief Bob Kendall reported that the drug take back day was very successful as several pounds of unused prescriptions drugs were collected.
Kendall has made contact with some homeowners regarding their pools and they are not in compliance.
The Toledo Police Department took up a personal donation collection for both the Christi Musgrave and Aaron Glendy benefits.
Public Works Report
Public Works Director Kendall Jordan reported that mosquito spraying began Thursday, June 9.
The city has been working on patching streets around town and they are currently working on Ross St.
Jordan recommended to vacate the alley between Broadway and Church street as the power company will be moving poles three feet away from their original post.