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Infiltration issues are sparking a $67,000 sanitary sewer study

Toledo City Council

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

Problems last fall with infiltration of Toledo's sanitary sewer system along with aging portions of the underground network has prompted the City Council to take action aimed at identifying issues.

The council authorized a pair of agreements with Snyder and Associates, Cedar Rapids, the city's contract engineering firm, on Monday night, Aug. 26.

Kelly Scott, a Snyder company engineer, said Phase I of the agreement will be the development of a facilities plan for submission to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Televising of at least some of the underground system will be a part of the work. An assessment of the current system will result and a ranking of needed improvements will be developed.

After submission to the IDNR and approval the city can become eligible to apply for Community Development Block Grant and U.S. Department of Agriculture funding to aid in paying for system upgrades.

Phase II of the engineering study is an assessment of the sewer inspection reports with a resulting report on specific lines in the system and recommendations for action.

Phase I of the engineering service will cost $16,000 with Phase II set at a cost totaling $50,000.

Scott said the scope of the work is what the City of Tama has undergone in the past few years.


A contract to pay for training of a paramedic for the Toledo Ambulance Service was approved by the council upon the recommendation of Greg Johnson, service director and paramedic. The trainee would agree to be an active member of the EMS Service for 10 years in exchange for paying for the training expenses. If the term of service is not fulfilled the training will be reimbursed on a pro-rated basis.

Cost of the training id $15,000 which will be paid from funds donated to the ambulance service.

The Toledo Emergency Medical Service is volunteer-based for EMTS and drivers with Jesse Brown and Johnson as a paid paramedics. The service responds to more than 600 calls annually.

Endorse STC Partners in Education

The council voted 5-0 Monday on a voice vote to support the South Tama Schools Partners in Education Program. The program establishes a link between businesses, organizations and individuals "to enhance the educational experience for all our students and to keep the community informed of and engaged in the development of our young people."

In other business the council:

committed to waive $1,205 in special assessments for maintenance including mowing and snow removal for a residential property at 702 S. Church Street for Casey Alvarado. She plans to either rehabilitate the home or raze it and build a new ranch style house on the site.

approved Transfer of $27,000 in local option sales tax funds to the general fund for payment of the semi-annual appropriation for the tama-toledo family aquatic center

approved sale of some 220 chairs at the Reining-Toledo Civic Center at a price to be established by city Clerk Kim McAdoo. A total of 350 new chairs a costing $16,500 were to be delivered this week to the community center.

approved building permits including: Josh Youngbear 702 E. Harrison, 11 x 11 ft. shed $1,800; Duane Pansegrau, 200 W. Summit, 20 x 20 ft. home addition $25,000; and Kendall Jordan, 713 E. College, repair driveways and add patios to two untis $3,500.



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