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Historic Lincoln Bridge project down to two choices

Work not expected until next year

July 5, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Given a pair of options for restoration of Tama's 114-year-old Lincoln Highway Bridge, the Tama City Council expects the final decision to rest upon whether the project can win a grant through the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Kelly Scott, Snyder and Associates engineer for the city, and Chris Criswell, a structural engineer for a Snyder division, Shuck-Britson, outlined for the council plans which would primarily be aimed at the historic railings on the historic bridge or an alternative. which would also address the bridge approaches .

Located on East 5th Street repairs to the bridge were not part of a $1.4 million truck route improvement project on 5th Street from Business Highway 30 to U.S. Highway 63.

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Upon the recommendation of Tama city engineers the Lincoln Highway Bridge will be posted with these weight restrictions the Tama City?Council decided Monday night.

Criswell's report said the option at an estimated $124,000 cost would leave 2 inches of the bridge railing curb exposed and would not address the bridge approaches from either direction.

The second plan would improve roadway approaches some 60 feet in each direction and leave five inches of curb exposed, much like the original construction. Estimated cost of option two is $145,000.

The city already has funding in place, primarily from historic preservation grant sources totaling some $90,000.

A decision by the DOT Iowa on city bridge funding grants for 2019-20 are made as the result of an evaluation conducted beginning Oct. 1.

Awaiting this funding possibility in addition to August and October scheduled historical military convoy stops at the bridge site likely will move either project into the year 2020.

Scott also told the council a window of opportunity for bidders with historic bridge restoration experience can help assure the work is done by a qualified firm.

Utility Bill Hike

A flat rate of two dollars will be added to all water customer billings in Tama. Council members voted 5-0 to add the monthly charge. Voting in favor were members Emily Babinat, Robert Tyynismaa, Doug Ray, Aaron Haughey and Kenny McAdoo. The hike is projected to collect about $20,000 annually.

Superintendent of Public Works John Lloyd told the council the added cost is for expenses needed for the water department.

He listed maintenance of pumps, wells and tower costs among the area requiring more funding.

The city imposes a two percent annual charge on water customer bills to cover rising expenses.

"Costs are not two percent any more," Lloyd said in recommending the one-time flat rate. He said the annual increase may go to three or four percent in coming years.

Require Use Of

Water - Sewer Service

Following caution urged by Mayor Mike Carnahan, council members passed the first reading of an ordinance which would require all residences hooked up to city water and sewer service to actually use it.

Concern about homes which do not have sanitary conditions, particularly where children are present, prompted consideration of the ordinance.

It states, in part, not using water or sewer when a residence is connected is considered a nuisance violation.

The ordinance does not apply to commercial or industrial properties.

In other business the council:

approved a reimbursement totaling $6,691 to Ashley Alysworth / Flex Fitness for completion of interior improvements to her business through the city's downtown grant program.

approved purchase of six maintainer tires at a cost totaling $9,090 from Bears Inc. O.K. Tire Store.

approved adding Chris Harris, Conrad, to the ambulance roster as an EMT who will be on duty on weekends.

approved paying for training for water / waste water grade certification training for Waste Water treatment and Water Pollution Control plants operator Nick Peshel up to $6,000 in cost.s He must repay the city on a pro-rated basis over four years if he does not continue employment.

decided to conduct another survey by council members and city officials working as teams to assess property in disrepair in the city. The findings will be discussed at a special meeting set for July 29. The program experienced success in its trial first year in 2018.

heard a call from Tama resident Randy Fairchild for the city to install handicap door access in the Tama Civic Center Alyssa Hoskey, city clerk , said he city has applied for a grant for the work as well as restroom accessibility improvements.



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