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Home Base Iowa Community iniative receives Toledo City Council approval

Aim To Employ Veterans; Aid Employee Shortage

December 5, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Toledo has officially joined the list of cities in the sate which have elected to become Home Base Iowa Communities. Council members Joe Boll, Duane Pansegrau, Brian Sokol and Steve Vesely voted to approve a resolution approving the initiative during the regular council meeting on Monday night, Nov. 26. Member Darvin Graham was absent.

The Home Base Community is an effort by Governor Kim Reynolds to match military veterans with jobs available in Iowa.

Tama County Economic Development Executive Director Heath Kellogg pitched the idea to the council at their Nov. 14 meeting at which time they took it under advisement.

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He cited a seemingly ever growing list of jobs available in Tama County which his office maintains.

At the earlier meeting Kellogg said the veterans are "pretty well trained and have the skill sets needed. It's good for a community to bring in military families."

As a second part of the effort Toledo businesses are "encouraged to take whatever actions are necessary to become and continue to be a home base community."

The Tama County Board of Supervisors approved designating the county as a Home Base Community on Oct. 1 and the Tama City Council did so a week ago.

Kellogg said he is contacting all cities in the county to encourage them to consider approving the designation.

To Not Allow Closed Meeting Access

Council members denied a request from member Darvin Graham to allow him to review minutes or audio recording of a closed council session held on Nov. 12. Graham was unable to be present for the meeting.

The session involved a litigation matter according to the agenda. No council action was taken following the closed meeting.

City Clerk Kim McAdoo said the Iowa League of Municipalities did not have an opinion on the request. She said she learned from the League some cities allow a review and others do not.

Some council members said the matter would be discussed again and the information from the previous closed session would come up.

Graham made the request because he said he "will probably have to vote" on the matter in the further, McAdoo said.



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