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Parking improvements totaling $88,235 in progress at Tama Civic Center, Library

July 12, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

There's just over $88,000 in parking lot improvements underway to serve the Tama Civic Center - Jacobsen Memorial Hall. Tama Public Library, police and fire stations, ambulance garage city clerk and mayor's offices, council chambers and the water department in downtown Tama.

The work is being funded from street funding left over from the 2018 East 5th Street improvement project city officials said.

City employees began removing the existing surface of the lot between the Civic Center and library Monday.

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Work began Monday, July 8, for site preparation for rebuilding the parking lot serving the Tama Civic Center and Tama Public Library. Public works director John Lloyd and Street Commissioner Stuart Eisentrager continued removing the old surface through the week.
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Fire trucks and ambulances which customarily use the north drives and lot for responses have bene turned around and will temporarily exit to the south.

The new lot will be concrete with Twin Cities Construction, Tama, the contractor at a price tag of $58,590.

The south lot will receive a new asphalt layer or "carpet coat" at a cost of $29,645.

Contractor is Kluesner Construction, Farley, Iowa. City officials were not certain of a timeline for that work.

Kluesner is a familiar company in the area having been hired in 2016 to fill cracks in Tama city streets, resurfaced parking at the south Tama High School and street patching for the City of Toledo in 2015.

The Tama Civic Center was constructed from proceeds from the Bertha Jacobsen estate in 1978. The Louise and Lucile Hink Tama Public Library was built in 2000 with proceeds from the Hink sisters' estates and civic and private contributions.



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