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Officials mull Tama city-wide clean up

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

The City of Tama talked City Wide clean up at their first meeting of March on Monday, March 5. Present for the meeting were council members Robert Tyynismaa, Doug Ray, Aaron Haughey and Kenny McAdoo and Mayor Mike Carnahan. Council member Emily Babinat was absent.

Two years ago the city had done away with city wide cleanup and have just been cleaning up brush. The largest reason for this decision was due to the cost the city was accruing. It was costing upwards of $10,000 for clean up. Tyynismaa raised the idea of having the citizens of Tama pay to participate in city wide clean up.

The City of Toledo is requiring anyone who wants to participate in city wide clean up to pay a $10 fee. If the fee is paid there will be one day that the city will pick up unwanted items.

Mayor Carnahan recommended that the city of Tama continue to offer brush pick up only and use Toledo as a case study to see what happens.

Ultimately the council decided to keep it to just brush pick up this year at the end of April.


The council approved the budget for fiscal 2018-19 totaling $3,901,242. The estimated total tax levy rate for $1,000 property evaluation is $19.29. For agricultural land within the city limits the rate per $1,000 evaluation is estimated at $3. This compares to the current years property tax rate of 18.45 per $1,000 property valuation and ag land at the same $3 rate.

Expenditures are down due to the East 5th Street Revitalization project.

REC Golf Net Donation Request

Jerry Vaske was present to request a donation for a net that would be used during REC Golf. The net would be set up at the Tama-Toledo Country Club and would also be used by the South Tama golf team. Cost for the net would be roughly $1,000. Vaske will also be seeking donations from the City of Toledo as well as the STC School Board. Mayor Mike Carnahan questioned if the city could donate to a private club.

The council recommended Vaske touch base with the STC REC board to see what their financial commitment would be and then come back to the council.

Mowing Bill

Tom Wilkerson was not present but the council discussed an issue regarding mowing. McAdoo informed the council that Wilkerson had expressed frustration over receiving a bill for the city mowing a property he owns. The bill was received by Wilkerson following the mowing season The reason being that according to city clerk, Alyssa Hoskey, billing doesn't get sent out until mowing season is over.

Wilkerson received two bills each for $200. According to City Attorney Dan Rathjen, lawn lengths are to be kept below six inches per city code.

Approve Ambulance Service Driver

The council voted to approve Randy Comstock as an ambulance service driver. After some discussion, Rathjen recommended that Mayor Carnahan speak with Don Weitzell, Tama ambulance administrator, to adopt a form similar to what the Fire Department uses for new personnel.

Pay Rate For Judy Welch - Part Time - Fill In Clerk's Office

The council discussed and approved former city clerk, Judy Welch, filling in when needed at the Tama City Clerk's Office. Welch would serve as a fill in during vacations or illnesses. City Clerk Alyssa Hoskey recommended Welch be paid $15 per hour as an on call basis.

Hoskey informed the council that Welch would only be able to stay on with the League of Cities for five years as a mentor. This rule is set due to the nature of changes that occur in the business.

Disposal Of Orange Dump Truck

Due to liability issues the public works department wants to junk the truck so another title could not be sought for this truck. The cost would be $1,000. The council voted unanimously to approve this request.


Haughey asked if anyone had put any thought into the Code of Ethics. McAdoo recommended the council meet before the next council meeting to discuss at 5:30 p.m.

Ray commented the band did well playing at the State Basketball Tournament.

Tyymisaa informed the council that the nets are up at the park. Tyynismaa and Babinat switched duties and Tyynismaa attended the Tama County Community Foundation meeting.

Carnahan reported about an upcoming census. Carnahan also discussed the burn ban but no decisions were made. He informed the council the Lincoln Highway Bridge project is still moving along.

Carnahan and Toledo Mayor, John Lloyd presented STC Superintendent Jeff Berger with a proclamation that on Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16 are going to be proclaimed STC Community School District Activities and Athletics Days. People are encouraged to wear school colors, columbia blue and black.

In other business, the council voted to approve the purchase of the following waste water parts: Tideflex Technologies in the amount of $2,850 for digester air nozzles and Evoqua in the amount of $13,500 for oxidation ditch rotor discs.



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