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Tama Council mulls flood insurance, building doors, ambulance trust and more

June 7, 2019
By Allison Graham - The News-Herald ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The Tama City Council met on Monday, June 3 for a regular council meeting in which they discussed flood insurance, new doors for the fire, ambulance and street departments, civic center parking lot pavement and more. Present for the meeting were council members Emily Babinat, Robert Tyynismaa, Doug Ray, Aaron Haughey and Kenny McAdoo, Mayor Mike Carnahan, City Attorney Dan Rathjen and City Clerk Alyssa Hoskey.

Flood Insurance

Matt Zmolek, Independent Insurance representative, was present to discuss flood insurance to the council. Currently the city has no flood insurance. The sewage treatment building could be covered but the pump station could not be covered based on a map. One million dollars in coverage for the sewer treatment plant would cost the city around $1,000 a year. No action was taken.

Doors for the Fire, Ambulance

and Street Department

Stuart Eistentrager presented a proposal for new doors at the fire station, ambulance and street department.

The proposal included $4,085 for the street department, $5,968 for fire department and $1,767 for the ambulance. City clerk Alyssa Hoskey advised to have the payment made after the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

The council approved the request unanimously.

Civic Center Parking Lot

At the May 7 meeting, Hoskey informed the council there is extra money, roughly $140,000 remaining from the 5th Street project. At that time the council approved to make repairs to the parking lot. At the previous meeting the council voted unanimously to approve $29,645, a bid from Klusner, for an area in the south lot. An estimate from Twin Cities of $45,550 for the north lot was also approved unanimously by the council.

At Monday's meeting Eisentrager presented three plans to the city including costs. Plan A is paving a the fire station and totaled $58,590, Plan B is northwest of the fire station and totaled 29,637 and Plan C is northeast of the fire station and totaled $36,657.

The city will be doing the tear out and this will save some money. City attorney Dan Rathjen estimated that it will cost approximately $107,830. The council unanimously approved the estimate.

Larry Thomas-Ambulance Trust

Larry Thomas requested the council raise the money collected that goes into the trust be raised from $50 to $75. No action was taken by the council however the council expressed interest to hear more from the ambulance once they have billing sorted out.

Waste Water Schooling

Nick Peshel, waste water treatment operator, was before the council discussing the city paying for his waste water schooling. The program is for two years and will cost $4,160 in tuition and books would cost $600. The city isin need of a Grade 3 waste water employee which Peshel will be working towards.

A contract that will include four years of commitment to the city will be written by Rathjen and presented at the next council meeting. The council advised Peshel to move forward with the schooling process.

Alliant Energy Franchise

The council plans to move forward with the Alliant Energy Franchise of 1%. Hoskey will work on an ordinance that will be presented at the next meeting.

Pay Star

Online Payment System

Hoskey presented an online payment system to the council for consideration. There would be no cost to city and citizens would not be required to use the system. The city would have one credit card machine and Pay Star would charge percentage to citizens for using system to pay for things like a water bill. The cost to citizens who choose to pay via card would be $2.50 for a bill between $1-$50 and $2.95 for a bill between $51-$100.

No action taken and Hoskey plans to find another company to compare pricing.


Service Line Program

Hoskey presented an insurance program to the council that would provide insurance to citizens for water lines and sewer lines. The city would make .50 cents per contract sold per month, disbursed once a year. Hoskey informed the council Melbourne was extremely pleased with the program. Cost for citizens would be $6.75/month for external water service line warranty, $7.99/month for external sewer/septic line warranty and $9.99/month for interior plumbing and drainage warranty.

This company would contract with local contractors to make repairs. After hearing some feedback by those in attendance at the meeting Haughey said he would prefer to scrap the idea. The council took no action.


Potential Ordinance

Haughey presented to the council again regarding a UTV/ATV ordinance.

Rathjen is going to prepare an ordinance for the next council meeting.

Nuisance Update

The council is going to pursue taking ownership of 508 Beautiful ST. which is currently owned by JCG.


The council approved the sign for the Civic Center. The sign will be made by Iowa Prison Industries and backed with stone. Tim Dunn will be doing the masonry work. The bridge logo will be included in the sign.

In other council business

Sierra Berger was approved as Deputy City Clerk and authorized signer for banking



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