Tama Co. Supervisors By: Joyce Wiese
April 25, 2014
Monday morning, April 21, 2014, at the regular meeting of the Tama County Board of Supervisors, the County Engineer Lyle Brehm, gave a report on farm to market extensions in towns with a population of less than five hundred people. According to legislation passed in 2003 farm to market extensions in towns with a population of 500 or less are the jurisdiction of their respective county. Highway E44 going through the town of Elberon is a farm to market extension and Elberon has a population of less than 500. This makes the main road going through Elberon under the jurisdiction of Tama County. Brehm says Tama County is obligated to spend the money to take care of the road. There are two bridges on the road that fall within the city limits, both with load limits. The location of these two bridges within the city limits allows them to access a pool of money to assist in replacing them. The City of Elberon was able to secure the money to pay for eighty percent of the replacement of the two bridges. Brehm says the county needs now to enter into an agreement to make it clear the county will be paying for the expense of the two bridges and the county will expect to receive the eighty percent reimbursement for the expense. Steve Kenkel, Attorney in the city of Toledo, was present to discuss a tax abatement. Two documents for taxes due on a parcel for Jose Garcia show a tax statement summary with a $1360.00 total tax due for the tax years 2009 through 2014. The certificate of redemption sheet with $709.00 due is for a Tama County tax sale certificate which is for tax year 2007 and 2nd half taxes of 2008. The grand total for this parcel comes to $2069.00. Kenkel told supervisors the trailer on this property had been boarded up and was unlivable. This is located in the Dayline Trailer Court in Tama, Iowa, and is a Bonnavilla mobile home. Yuska will start work on the process of abatement. The Tama County Auditors quarterly report, ending March 31, 2014, shows $770.92 in collections on maps, platbooks (GIS shapefiles) and miscellaneous items. The board approved the report. Norm Gossard, Garwin and the mayor of Garwin were in to discuss a problem with a house abandonment in Garwin. Gossard said he had great concerns for the welfare if children who play in the park near this house . Gossard said the house has been empty for many years and is falling apart as well as having areas of the building in a dangerous condition that could cause harm to anyone going in or around the property. County treasurer Michelle Yuska was requested to look into the situation and see what could be done by the county. Yuska will contact Gossard with more information and set up a time for Gossard to come before the Supervisors again. A representative from the Iowa DOT was present to discuss the possibility of renting the empty space in the basement of the Tama County Health Department building. Supervisors were told the DOT was looking for office space. This is the area where the Veterans’s Affairs and County Relief office used to be. Supervisors were interested in renting this space and gave requirements for the DOT which would need to be addressed if the rental should go through. Tax suspensions were approved for Llana Bennett and Penny Mathes. Claims for the past week came to $166,100.61.
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