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Could new life be “pumped” into a former downtown Tama business?

Want To Reopen As A Sports Bar and Lunch Spot

February 10, 2018
By Allison Graham - The News-Herald ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Future plans for the Town Pump were discussed at the regular council meeting on Monday, Feb. 5. Present for the meeting were Council members Doug Ray, Robert Tyynismaa, Emily Babinat and Mayor Mike Carnahan. The Town Pump closed in 2015 and ownership reverted to previous owner, Alan Timm. Now, two people are looking to re-open the establishment.

The council received an economic development and revitalization plan application form on Monday from Jeffrey Niedermann and Nathan Doran.

Niedermann and Doran would like to re-open The Town Pump as a lunch and a sports bar. Niedermann and Doran have a list of improvements they wish to use the grant for including updates to the front and back of the building as well as updates to the interior including improving vents for heat and air, replacing the floor, painting and tearing off ceiling to open the building up.

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Town Pump at 218 W. 3rd in downtown Tama

The grant application form also indicated interest in the potential of Niedermann and Doran purchasing the business.

While members of the council expressed interest in the project the application raised some questions in regard to the arrangement between Timm, Niedermann and Doran.

The agenda item was ultimately tabled as Niedermann and Doran were unable to attend the meeting due to weather and illness.

Oak Hill Cemetery Update

From Anne Michael

Anne Michael was present to discuss an update on Oak Hill Cemetery. Michael informed the council of the need of an update to the drive.

She also asked the council to continue the partnership started in 2010 between the City of Tama and the Oak Hill Cemetery group. This partnership consisted of the city giving $2000 and the Oak Hill Association $1000 for monuments at the cemetery.

Lastly Michael discussed the cemetery walk. For the past three years the association has selected individuals buried in the cemetery to learn more about. Those individuals are researched and then a presentation is done about the individuals during the cemetery walk. No final decisions were made by the council.


Kids Corner Board President, Brian Sokol, appeared before the council in January to update the council on the happenings at the day care. Sokol also requested a $25,000 donation from the City of Tama. One item the day care board is looking into is updating their security system to either a key fab system or key pad system. The council discussed the matter and indicated they were more open to the idea of donating money to a particular project such as the new security system as opposed to an open ended donation. Sokol is scheduled to appear before the council later this month. City Clerk Alyssa Hoskey, council member Emily Babinat and Mayor Mike Carnahan recently toured the facility. "It was enlightening," said Carnahan.

In July of 2016 $170,000 was reported missing from the day care. The center director at the time, Kristi Daniel, was subsequently terminated from her position but it is still not known if she had any involvement in the reported shortage. Daniel is from Gilman and had held the position since February of 2010.

The State Auditor's Office had confirmed at the time the money was reported missing that a State Audit was underway. The outcome of that audit is still unknown at this time. The City of Toledo agreed to open a line of credit for $200,000 to keep the day care afloat.

Since that time the day care has welcomed a new director, Amelia Kemper. Hoskey was present to give an update on the day care to the Tama council members. Currently the day care has 69 full time kids, 40 part-time and 22 drop ins. They currently have openings in their baby, one-year old and three-year old rooms. In 2017 their average daily attendance was 75 kids. They currently serve 35 families from Tama, and 22 families from Toledo.

In January, Sokol stated operations are going fine but it is the un-budgeted items that the board is seeking funds for. They launched a Building Brighter Futures Campaign in August 2017 to which they have received $5,000 from local business.

Monday was not the first time Sokol sought funds from Tama. He asked for financial assistance for the daycare in July of 2016 to which the Tama City Council at the time voted against.

Team Tama meeting

Members of the council along with Tama City Department heads gathered for a meeting prior to the start of the regular council meeting on Monday. In this meeting potential goals or projects were identified and discussed including: nuisance properties, gravel roads in town, curb and gutter, housing, city lots, annexing, parking, Lincoln Highway Bridge, sump pumps and sewers. The council looks to identify three to four of these items to work on starting this year.

In other council business

Due to the weather Chris Nelson was not present. The audit review was re-scheduled for February 19.

the council discussed appointing a council member to attend Chamber of Commerce Meetings. Tyynismaa is actually currently appointed to attend. There was some discussion between Babinat and Tyynismaa about switching duties. Babinat sits on the Tama County Community Economic Development Board. No final decisions were made.

Emily Babinat made a motion to hire a 6th officer for the Tama Police Department. Doug Ray seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

the council unanimously approved donating $250 to After Prom.

a public hearing for the budget was set for March 5.


Babinat discussed Tama County Economic Development

Robert Tyynismaa discussed the audible on the new siren. The siren will be tested every Thursday at 1 p.m.

Mike Carnahan discussed the possibility of recording meetings via video



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