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Tama County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement contracts are renewed

Eight Towns Without Police Forces Afforded Protection

July 31, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Law enforcement contracts were renewed for the Tama County Sheriff's Office to provide lawn enforcement coverage for seven Tama County towns. Tama County Supervisors approved the agreements on Monday, July 29. Renewal of the contract for Dysart which supplements the Dysart Police Department with county coverage when a Dysart officer is not available was also accepted by supervisors.

Sheriff Dennis Kucera said he is aware the City of Traer is considering moving from the sheriff's office coverage to forming their own police force as was reported in the July 5 issue of The Traer Star Clipper. Traer Mayor Pete Holden is quoted as saying "We aren't getting our money's worth I feel." Traer may also consider a shared police department arrangement with Dysart it was reported.

The Traer City Council meets for its next regular meeting on Aug. 5, when the issue may again before the council.

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Dennis Kucera
Tama County Sheriff

Kucera said the costs of deputies' salaries, benefits, vehicles and equipment exceed what is charged to the cities for protection. Kucera said the service provided to Traer in deputy hours often exceeds the 200-hour limit and those hours are "donated" to the city.

Slight Raise

Kucera said Traer, Gladbrook and Dysart will be billed at a rate of $48.78 hourly under the new contracts up from the 2018-19 fiscal year charge of $48.25 hourly. The Traer contract provides for up to 180 hours monthly and Gladbrook for 115 hours monthly.

Towns with smaller populations are charged varying amounts based upon the population and number of calls Kucera said.

Garwin pays $1,000 monthly at a rate of $25 hourly for up to a 40 hour maximum. Montour is contracted to pay $3,200 annually. Chelsea, Clutier and Elberon pay $2,200 annually and Lincoln is billed $1,900 annually. Vining does not have a sheriff's office contract.

Tama and Toledo both have fully-staff police department and only occasionally are aided by the sheriff's office. Toledo and Tama police sometimes provide assistance to the sheriff's office including assisting at the Tama County Jail in Toledo.

In other business Monday the supervisors:

appointed Katherine Ollendieck, county economic development executive director to seats on the Central Iowa Tourism Board and Endowment Committee. Keith Kellogg, former county economic development director, had held these posts.

approved the Veterans Affairs quarterly report showing payment of $18,897 in claims.

approved the quarterly report of Deborah Kupka, Tama County recorder sowing a total of $32,497 remitted to the treasurer. Among fee collections making up the total were fees for recording of instruments $16,929; real estate transfer stamps $6,077; vital statistic certified copies including marriage $760; and hunting and fishing license writing fees $129.

approved weekly claims totaling $46,414.



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