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Anne Michael Tama, chair of the reorganized Tama County Historical Preservation Committee, reminded Tama City Council members Monday night of the importance of the historic Lincoln Highway Bridge on East 5th Street and the need for this to be a priority pointing to it’s “rarity.” Stressing the bridge is “one-of-a-kind” in the United States, Michael compared it’s uniqueness to the odds of winning the Lottery Powerball jackpot at one in 175 million or the U.S. population of 323 million. She stressed the tourist value of the bridge, the adjacent park, the nearby restored King Tower cabin and King Tower neon signs associated with the Lincoln Highway. She said the Historical Preservation Committee was geared to work with the City of Tama to ensure the bridge is maintained. Michael said the Historical Preservation Committee has access to grants and pledged a working cooperation with the city. Because of recent structural concerns about the bridge, Mayor Zimmerman said a subsidiary firm of Snyder and Associates was in Tama to assess the bridge on Monday. Scott, the city engineer, said once the results are received, the path for preserving the bridge can be established. The bridge discussion brought Tama resident Thereasa Teeann Gragg-Paffel to her feet charging the council didn’t address the “real issue” of truck traffic damaging the bridge. She also complained the city housing rehabilitation program was unjust claiming length of residency required was a ruse to gain city-ownership of property. It was explained the five-year residency requirement is made clear to those applying for the program and no one is required to participate. Gragg-Paffel left the meeting vowing to return “next time with three or four pages of complaints about the city council.”



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