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Re-zone property for new truck business

Tama County Board of Supervisors

April 20, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Property on Tama's east side along Business Highway 30, but not in the city limits, was rezoned for heavy industrial use by the Tama County Board of Supervisors on a 3-0 vote on Monday, April 15. Voting in favor were Dan Anderson, Kendall Jordan and Larry Vest.

Upon the recommendation of the county zoning commission the property was reclassified from agricultural usage.

Even though the 7.4 acres had previously been a commercial truck stop and wash, it evidently had not been classified for business purposes. It had been closed for a number of years.

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Property on Business Highway 30 on Tama’s east side was rezoned from agricultural to heavy industrial to accommodate a truck and tire repair and truck wash business planned by Z Line.
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Randy Zimmerman, rural Tama, sought the change after discovering the property was incorrectly zoned for his purposes after purchasing it according to zoning board records.

The zoning board minutes say Zimmerman plans to not only open a truck wash at the location but to add a truck and tire repair center comparable to his Z Line operation in Toledo.

According to the minutes, Zimmerman plans to raze the east one-half of the existing building to make room to build a larger facility.

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John Safely, identified an adjacent property owner, expressed concern about traffic safety in the area which he has done in the past before the supervisors and Tama City Council.

The zoning board chair, Ron Busch, said "This meeting is not about the traffic on the road" according to the minutes.

Litter Control Revision Sought

An appeal to add or modify a litter control ordinance which would apply to residential properties at Union Grove Lake, rural Gladbrook, was brought before the supervisors. Lake area residents Nancy and Henry Kerns and Russel Pedersen are seeking to extend provisions of an in-place county littering ordinance to apply to lake area residential property.

They were accompanied by attorney Mike Marquess who also owns a Union Grove Lake residence. Pedersen is the president of Union Grove Lake and Holding Company.

The litter control ordinance on the books applies to pubic areas in Tama County and covers littering, yard waste, violations and enforcement.

Tama County Environmental Health Officer Todd Apfel told supervisors he has also consulted with those concerned.

1st District Supervisor Larry Vest said he wanted to be assured any new ordinance or provisions put in place would assure regulations currently in effect at the Hickory Hills development north of Dysart. A housing development east of Traer might also be an area in which the rules could apply.

Additionally, supervisors indicated they would not be in favor of any ordinance which covered rural residences not in the designated area.

Marquess offered to draw up a proposed ordinance and is to return it to the supervisors for their consideration.

In other business Monday the supervisors:

approved utility permits for telephone work in Indian Village Township and fiber optic work along U.S. Highway from the Black Hawk to the Poweshiek county lines through Tama County.

approved weekly claims totaling $366,748.



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