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Supervisors approve bid for E911 tower location assistance

June 8, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Representation of Tama County in property dealings to acquire up to four sites for new 911 communication towers will be handled by Appraisal and Real Estate Services of Iowa, Traer. The board of supervisors voted 3-0 on a voice vote Monday after receiving three bids.

Jammie Howard is the real estate broker with the firm which submitted the low bid of $487.50 per site which totals $1,950 if all four locations are needed.

Other bidders were Wobeter and Associates, Toledo, $1,450 per site and Wedmore Realty, Toledo, $2,500 per site.

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Radio communications tower at the Tama County Courthouse in Toledo.
-News-Herald file

The tower plan is part of the new communications system for police, fire and ambulance in the county which could carry a price tag of up to $6.7 million. When complete it will replace a radio system over 20 years old which has been termed as "failing at an alarming rate" according to E911 and Emergency Management Coordinator Mindy Benson.

1st District Supervisor Larry Vest said some public-owned sites and existing towers will also be evaluated to see if they are suitable.

Tama County is 722 square miles and a November, 2018, report suggested some of the radio coverage may also be possible through shared sites with adjacent counties.

Racom Corp., Marshalltown, has been contracted to develop the system and provide the equipment.

In other business on Monday the supervisors:

, approved a budget amendment, following a public hearing during which there as no comment- added expenses for Pioneer Cemetery and museum upkeep $3,200; increased unemployment costs $6,100 partially offset by a $5,000 grant received by human services; gravel hauling on rural roads and payroll reimbursement $208,000. Also, appropriating budget amounts to department budgets- supervisors $2,800 for Pioneer Cemeteries; human resources for the $5,000 grant; roads- $200,000 for gravel and hauling; Historical Society Museum $400 for utilities; and non-departmental $9,100 payroll reimbursement for unemployment costs.

approved assessing no levy for Drainage District No. 1 which is northeast of Traer near Wolf Creek after consultation with a district trustee.

approved claims totaling $96,516.



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