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Supervisors approve disposal of the Otter Creek Lake home

September 16, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Relocation or demolition of the home which had been provided for the Tama County Conservation director at Otter Creek Lake and Park north of Toledo appears to have passed its last hurdle.

Tama County Supervisors voted 3-0 approving the undertaking on Monday morning, Sept. 9.

The county conservation board had decided renovation of the now-vacant property was too costly and had opted for removal.

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Conservation Director's home at Otter Creek Lake and Park northeast of Toledo.
Chronicle-News-Herald file/John Speer

1st District Supervisor Larry Vest voiced concerns about the plan and had sought evaluation of the property during the Aug. 19 supervisors meeting. Since then it appears to have been determined the Conservation Board decision the house is beyond repair is correct.

Conservation Director Logan Roberts told The News-Herald on Monday the board plans to have the upper structure of the home removed this fall. She said the board intends for any money for repair of the home to be spent on lake and park renovations and improvement and other wildlife areas in the county.

It is planned to convert the lower concrete level of the home for park and lake storage Roberts said.

The house has been vacant since the April retirement of long-time conservation director Robert Etzel.

Homes to

City Of Tama

A pair of tax deeds held by the county for residential properties at 504 and 508 John Street in Tama were assigned to the City of Tama by the supervisors on Monday.

Photos of each of the wood-frame homes showed them to be in what appeared ot be significant disrepair.

The county has held the deeds since 2017 and there have been no takers at tax sales Tama County Treasurer Michelle Yuska confirmed. Property taxes due on the 504 John Street property are $8,849 and there is $10,117 due on the 804 property, Yuska said.

The City of Tama intends to raze both of the homes according to the request for the assignments in letters from City Attorney Dan Rahtjen.

In other business Monday the supervisors:

approve utility permits for Grundy County REC in Carlton Township and for ITC in York Township.

approved claims totaling $194,056.



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