Tama Ambulance service is looking to part-time help for weekends

Perhaps fittingly to call attention to the just past EMS Week (May 17-23) Tama Ambulance Service paramedic Don Weitzell was before the city council Monday night, May 18, seeking more help to back up the volunteers. He was seeking to hire a part of part-time persons to run from 6 p.m. on Friday nights to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

While the council was in general agreement with the plan, they directed to Weitzell to develop a more detailed job description.

“e will be looking for other things the people can do while being here such as possible lawn care, cleaning, and water readings to name a few,” Weitzell told The News-Chronicle. “So right now, we are in the information gathering and job description phase.”

The annual salute to EMS personnel can be found on Pages 7-9 of today’s issue.

Council members and Mayor Doug Ray met in the Tama Civic Center Auditorium to assure social distancing as recommended as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting was available electronically to the public on the internet in a ZOOM session.



A payment totaling$53,498 to Snyder and Associates, the city’s engineers, for study work on the south-side levee system was approved on a 5-0 council vote. The payment source is the city’s reserve fund.

The survey work is required to determine if the levee needs to be raised two inches to meet FEMA standards for a 100-year flood, with a previous study showing it does not.

Cost of the project is set at $500,000, if required.

The levee protects the southern part of Tama from the Iowa River and contributors. It has been beneficial since being built following the floods of 1993.

In other business Monday night the council:

•approved payment totaling $9,940 to the Tama County Highway Department for work on the Deer Creek bridge. The funding was also from the city reserve fund.

•set a public hearing for June 1 on a $181,300 budget amendment to include increased police salaries, a Ranger all-terrain vehicle and door repairs for the fire department and the flood levee study.