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Violations at recycling sites are expected to hike charges in Tama County

-Toledo City Council

August 1, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

City and county residents and businesses alike County alike are probably facing a hike in charges for the landfill support fee. For Toledo residents and businesses the cost appears on the monthly water bill.

City Clerk Kim McAdoo told council members during their regular meeting on Monday, July 22, there's a shortfall in the current amount collected to pay the Tama County Solid Waste Commission bill. Moreover, Mayor John Lloyd and Public Works Director Kendall Jordan said the cost can be expected to be hiked more.

Solid Waste Commission Chair Linn Snell, Elberon, informed all cities in Tama County by letter on July 11 the commission is considering a raise in rates. He attributed this to "rising cost of recycling and serious contamination at our recycling dorp off sites."

Jordan, who also is chair of the Tama County Board of Supervisors, said the commission will decide on the assessment when the 2020-21 budget is set. This would become effective July 1, 2020. The cities were asked for input by Snell.

In addition to the operation of the Tama County Landfill north of Toledo the Solid Waste Commission maintains the recycling bins sites in all Tama County communities except Montour. Jordan said the disposal of trash and products other than recyclables definitely boosts those operation costs.

A recent example of recycling contamination issues appeared in The Tama News-Herald on July 19 after a number of household items including a refrigerator, satellite dish and kids wading pools were disposed of at the recycling site in Tama.

McAdoo reported the city collects about $23,208 annually from 967 residential water-sewer utility customers and $7,920 yearly from 120 commercial billings. these total an average of $31,128 while the solid waste bill totals $37,456. General fund money is applied to pay the deficit Mcadoo said.

The current residential charge is two dollars and is $5.50 for commercial, monthly.

Based upon the current county bill, rates would need to be adjusted upward 55 cents for residential to cover costs with commercial left at the same rate in one rate increase possibility.

In relation to the Solid Waste commission the council accepted the resignation of Mike Henle as the Toledo representative and approved the appointment of Les Richter as his replacement.

Annexation In Tama Approved

Consent for Randy and Connie Zimmerman to annex to the city of Tama their property located just outside the city limits along Business Highway 30 and K Avenue. State law requires properties within two miles of the boundary of "urbanized areas" to grant permission in annexation proceedings. Council members said they saw no issues with the proposal noting the property is entirely outside of Toledo.

The Zimmermans are long-time owners of Z-Line in Toledo and plan to open a truck service business at the location being annexed which had once served as a truck stop.

Operate Golf Carts At Age 16

Council members voted to move on to the first reading of a proposed revision of a city ordinance dropping the age requirement from 18 years old to 16 years for licensed drivers to operate gold carts on city streets.

City resident Barb Jordan proposed the change at the July 8 council meeting. She maintained if 16-year-olds could drive 70 mph on interstate highways they should be able to operate golf carts on city streets.

Resident Dale Yuska questioned the need for reduction in the age restriction citing safety factors during the July 22 council discussion.

Police Chief Bob Kendall said his department had encountered few problems with golf carts since their operation on city streets was first allowed in 2012. The current ordinance requires not only for the drivers to be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver's license, the golf carts must be registered with the city, have lights and flags among regulations.

A total of 21 golf carts are registered according to the city clerk's office.

In other business the council:

approved a request for a street closure on North Broadway by Bumblebees for Aug. 2

reviewed a building permit for construction of a fence at 612 East Street.

approved a liquor license sales renewal for Casey's General Store.



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