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Tama Council wants change in local fireworks regulations

November 10, 2017
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

There were no "fireworks" at the Monday night, Nov. 6, Tama City Council meeting - rather they were just on the minds of Mayor Mike Carnahan and council members Robert Tyynismaa, Doug Ray, Aaron Haughey and Kenny McAdoo. The city officials are planning to bring proposed revisions of the new Iowa fireworks law enacted this year to the table when the annual joint meeting with the Toledo City Council convenes on Monday night, Nov. 13.

The meeting is held each year to review the operation of the Tama-Toledo Family Aquatic Center, South Tama Recreation Trail and Joint Recreation Program.

Both Tama and Toledo city councils went along with the general fireworks rules in Iowa State legislation passed late in the 2017 session. Tama Council members said at the time they believed both cities needed to have the same regulations due to their next-door proximity. In approving the initial ordinance, the Tama council went along with what Toledo had already decided: to allow fireworks to be used from June 1 to July 8.

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Council members also noted the time frame with which they had to work did not allow a lot of space to gather input.

As a result,"consumer" fireworks were allowed to be used from June 1 to July 8 and again are to be allowed from Dec. 10 - Jan. 3.

Complaints were voiced both at council meetings and to individual members about the scope of the time allowed for fireworks.

The legislation does allow for government entities to set their own rules on the use of fireworks.

On Monday night the council agreed to propose a time frame for fireworks of seven days prior to the 4th of July to the night of July 5 at 10 p.m. In addition they plan to recommend limiting the New Years fireworks from noon on Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. on Jan 1.

According to the Iowa Code fireworks fro New Years can be used from Dec. 10 to Jan. 3.

In other business Monday on 4-0 votes, the council:

approved waiving the penalty for late payment of water bills to Nov. 30 only for this month. A computer mistake changed the date to Nov. 30 from the usual Nov. 15 and one-half the bills had been sent out before the error was caught. Bills not paid by Nov. 30 will be subject to the customary ??? penalty.

approved adding $1,186 to an Alliant energy grant of $1,00 to add a swing set for kids at the southeast corner of the Tama Skare Park at 9th and McClellan. Council member Kenny McAdoo had called for the improvement at a previous meeting noting small kids at the park were seen often , but they were too small to use the skating portion or basketball court. A call for a building an ice skating rink was also made by council member Doug Ray but no action was taken.

discussed hiring a waste water plant operator to discuss Bill Brouwer who is retiring July 1, 2018 from a position he has held for 16 years. Brouwer called upon the council to consider hiring a Grade 2 or 3 operator soon to allow him to train the new employee for six months.

Public Works Director John Lloyd told council members they needed to be prepared to pay more in salary for an operator because the position is in demand in the state.

learned total cost to the city for razing the building at 242 West 3rd street in downtown Tama was $35, 670 including $26,000 to Iowa Demolition and $9,670 for landfill fees. This amount was less than the expected cost according to Lloyd.

tabled purchase of a new pickup truck for the waste water department.

approved engineering bills for 5th street to Snyder and aAssociates totaling $ 27,032; for street work with Vieth Construction Corp. totaling $336,023; and street work with Horsfield Construction Inc. totaling $126,154.



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