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Sidewalk repair aid is sought from City of Toledo

July 4, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

City participation in sidewalk repair is being sought on the heels of the recent focus on downtown revitalization Dick Ridout told members of Toledo Council at their regular Monday night, June 24, council meeting.

Kirk Ridout, Dick Ridout's son, asked the council to consider helping with the cost of the work as part of the downtown revitalization effort. Kirk Ridout is owner of the business building in the 200 block of West High Street which houses the Tama County Extension and Outreach Offices and is the new home to the Marquess Law Office PC.

Dick Ridout said extensive sidewalk repairs are "cost prohibitive for us to do it."

Mayor John Lloyd and council members pointed to the city ordinance which specifies property owners are responsible for sidewalk upkeep and repair.

It was recommended grant programs be considered to aid with the work.

Approve Loan Agreement, Policies

A $200,000 loan agreement and providing for issuance of a $200,000 general obligation corporate note was approved by the council on a 4-0 vote. The note is with The state Bank of Toledo ta a 2.4% rate.

It will be used for purchase of a new fire truck, a mower and equipment for the police department.

Also approved by the council; on 4-0 votes were resolutions adopting statewide urban design standards for public improvements ranging from water systems to cable television regulations and dangerous buildings; a policy for investment of public funds; a procurement policy to be in compliance with federal guidelines as applicable to grants; and authorizing the transfer of a total of $46,031 from general fund to debt service $19,637, eemergencyfund to general fund $18,000, ffireworksfund to general fund $1,000 and daycare reserves to ddaycarefund $7,394.

Building permits

Building permits reviewed by the council on June 24 included:,- placing a generator at General Dynamic Wireless tower site at 1101 S. Elm - estimated cost $25,000; laying asphalt for parking nest to drive, Elmer Castanon, 209 N. Center $1,000; and build utility shed, Gary Cronbauch, 104 N. Green, $1,200.



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