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West 13th stop signs to second Tama Council reading

November 10, 2012
By John Speer - Editor , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Additional stop signs on West 13th Street at Sesame Drive were approved on first reading on a 4-1 vote of the Tama City Council Monday night. But that's as far as their installation got.

The matter will come back before the council at their Nov. 19 meeting for a second reading.

The move to place stop signs at the intersection east of the South Tama Recreation Trail is an effort to make this stretch of roadway more safe.

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An ordinance to provide for placement of stop signs at the intersection of Sesame Drive and 13th Street went to a second reading before the Tama City?Council on Monday night. The move is a aimed at reducing traffic speed in the area of the South Tama Recreation Trial crossing of 13th Street, the scene of a fatal car-pedestrian mishap in October.
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On Oct. 4, 13-year-old STC Middle School cross country runner Ian McFate was struck by a car at the crossing. He died the next day of injuries he suffered in a Des Moines hospital.

"I know what occurred, what brought this up...I know it was a tragic accident," Tama City Council member Steve Baier said Monday night when asked to explain his vote against the stop sign ordinance.

"I don't feel (this) will solve the problem. They'll still exceed the speed limit at the trail crossing," he said.

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Members Crystal Kaufman, Robert Tyynismaa, Mike Carnahan and Kenny McAdoo voted in favor of the stop sign ordinance.

Police Chief Dan Wilkens told council members a recent check by his department found the average speed limit was 51 mph when vehicles reached a series of duplexes near the Recreation Trail.

"We wrote 17 tickets in 30 minutes for exceeding the limit by 20 mph or more," he said.

The posted speed limit is 25 mph westbound on 13th Street at the trail but appears to be 55 mph eastbound past the trail based upon the signs posted.

The trail is on the city's western border and the speed limit jumps to 55 mph at the city-county limits.

Mayor Dan Zimmerman called for a graduated speed limit both directions and indicated Tama would be working with Tama County officials to make this change.

To Proceed With

$1.2 Million Sewer Improvements

Council members voted 5-0 Monday to make application for federal and state funding for a sanitary sewer improvement project estimated at $1,270,500 in cost.

Marty Wymore, Region 6 Planning commission executive director, said the project involves line replacement, slip-lining some existing lines, work on some 50 manholes, generators for al lift station and the treatment plant and lift station improvements.

Sought will be a Community Development Block Grant totaling $600,000 at $670,500 from the State Revolving Fund.

Wymore said the applications are due this month and the city will receive a decision no later than April.

If approved, Wymore said environmental reviews, engineering and televising of some lines would take place in 2013 with the actual work being done a year later.

In other business Monday the council:

agreed to take bids to clean a ditch and culverts along the city roadway south and east of the Iowa Premium Beef plant. Mayor Zimmerman said plant officials had agreed to maintain the ditch in the future after work is completed by the city.

decided to again offer a total of 10 water meters to residents beginning April 1 of next year which allow them to be not be billed for sewer for water they use for lawn and garden care. Water usage is matched by sewer charges but water used in gardens does not enter the system. A $100 deposit will again be charged and the meters will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

voted to allow Jeff Feisel to again trap at city-owned Cherry Lake. Zimmerman reported a large number of beaver are in the lake area.

approved payment under the city's housing rehabilitation program for work at 211 East 5th St. for $25,410 to TJA Construction and approved a bid for TJA for work at 504 Wilson St. in the amount of $40,900. However, it was noted this amount would be reduced by amendment to meet the program guidelines.

approved the sale of a used 2004 Ford Crown Victoria police car and an all-terrain vehicle through advertising an auction on Craig's List.

approved purchase of a picnic table for a downtown park area development on a city-owned lot between Brady and Associates at 20-7 W. 3rd and Willett and Rathjen Law Offices at 215 West 3rd. A bench won by city officials at a conference will also be donated to the project. A downtown business committee has called for development of the area for a park.

approved Jeff Large as a new member of the Tama Fire Department.

approved a liquor sales license renewal and outdoor service area for the Tama-Toledo Country Club.

 
 

 

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