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Tama approves water system connect with Toledo: Aimed at assuring supply in emergency

August 11, 2017
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Emergency water needs in Tama and Toledo are expected to be greatly improved pending final approval of a plan to link the two city water supplies officials in both cities believe.

A hookup is planned near the city limits' line on U.S. Highway 63 for a 10-inch Tama supply line to an eight-inch Toledo line which will require boring under the highway.

A valve and meter would be installed at the hookup to keep track of any water used.

Total cost is estimated at $48,790 for the hook-up, meter, pit and boring according to figures compiled by Toledo Public Works Director Kendall Jordan.

Tama City Council members voted 4-0 to proceed with the project at the regular meeting Monday night. Voting in favor were members Robert Tyynismaa, Emily Babinat, Kenny McAdoo and Aaron Haughey. Member Doug Ray was absent.

The Toledo City Council is expected to take action on the work at the regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 14.

Toledo Fire Department Historian Fred Raymond told The News-Herald this is not a new idea. He said the late Robert Leber, Toledo fire chief in the late 1950s - 1960s had advanced such a plan but it apparently met with resistance from some city officials and was never implemented.

The agreement allows for water supplied to one city to be replaced with water with no actual money changing hands.

New Lease For Sugar Shack - Depot

Tama businessman Ed Hardon has purchased the small building known as the Sugar Shack and previously as The Depot at the corner of 3rd and State (U.S. Highway 63) in downtown Tama.

Owner Lisa Blomme sold the ice cream shop to Hardon and signed over her interest in leasing the corner lot owned by the city.

The city council agreed to continue the lease to Hardon for the corner property for the rest of season. It has been rented for $250 on annual basis.

Hardon said he would be back before the council to make an offer to buy the vacant lot. Dennis Noe orignally opened The Depot on the property in 2005 and Blomme took possession in 2012, later renaming it The Sugar Shack.

Oswego Street Added, $1.9 million Bonds Approved

Rebuilding and pavement for one block of Oswego Street between 5th and 4th streets was approved on a 4-0 vote of the council. Oswego, continuing to 3rd Street from 5th Street is a route to the Werner Grain operations and is expected to carry truck traffic when the 5th Street conversion to a truck route is complete according to Street Superintendent Stuart Eisentrager.

The change order adds $162,430 cost to the East 5th Street job.

The council approved bonding for the $1.9 million project with Zions Bank, Salt Lake City, Utah, at a rate of 2.49 percent. the agreement depends upon receipt of internal credit approval. if it is not received by Aug. 9, the city will accept the proposal of Texas Capital Bank, Richardson, Texas, at a 2.65 percent interest rate.

The bids were the lowest for interest rate of those received.

The council also approved payment to Vieth Construction Corp. totaling $47,673 for ongoing work on East 5th Street.

Approve Property Purchase

Land on Tama's south side including property which includes a sewer lagoon may become part of a deal with the Cedar Falls owner. The council voted 4-0 Monday night to offer $10,000 to Shane Pitkin for about 53 acres. In turn the city will de-annex additional property in that area which Pitkin owns from the city.

If the purchase is accepted it could pave the way for an extension of the South Tama Recreation Trail on a loop south of the treatment plant north to Coal Chute Road.

In other business the council:

accepted the quote of Thomas Company, Tama, for a new furnaces and air conditioning for the city clerk's office and police station in the Tama Civic Center ta a cost of $4,781. Alliant Energy will pay a $1,050 incentive ot Tama for the improvements reducing the cost to $3,731.

approved vacating alleys between 3rd and 4th streets and Jackson and Garfield streets following a public hearing and set a public hearing for their disposal for Aug. 21.

conducted a public hearing on the adoption of the First amendment to the Revitalization Plan For Revitalization Area No. 3 to include multi-family housing.

approved purchase of a used, 2002 dump truck from Truck Center, Cedar Rapids, subject to inspection and approval of the vehicle by Street Superintendent Eisentrager.

approved Donovan Horne and Adam Myli as new members of the Tama Fire Department.



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