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1. A large part of the July 12th meeting of Toledo City Council was discussing the resignation of Officer Shauncey Day’s employees and how far the city should award his contract.

Day leaves because he took a job with the Wyoming State Patrol to move to a place near the mountains as he is an avid nature lover. Day was discontinued by the city on April 11, 2019 and agreed to a three-year contract that included provisions for the city to buy off a $ 4,151.15 deal that Day had with his previous employer, the Meskwaki Nation Police Department.

Day submitted his resignation earlier this month and has worked for the city for two years and three months.

Police Chief Nathan Shepard said he respected Day’s decision, saying Day was a great service to the city of Toledo and someone who exceeded expectations. However, Shepard said it was the council’s decision how to deal with the contract. The city council decided to waive two-thirds of Day’s remaining contract, which means Day will have to repay the city $ 1,383.72 as he was employed for nearly two-thirds of the contract term.

2. The city council approved a three percent increase in the city’s water and sewage per gallon for the next three years. At an earlier meeting, the council heard input from Kendall Jordan, the superintendent of public works, with Jordan estimating an increase in the need for salt to run the city’s water softener system to around $ 3,000 in 2021. The News Chronicle previously reported that under the approved plan, customers’ minimum bills for water and sewage will increase by about 50 cents each year. No public comments were heard during the public hearings prior to the vote in the Council.

3. The Council discussed the regulation and operation of ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) and UTVs (Utility Task Vehicles) within the city with a view to speed regulation in the city. A city council member said there were children eight, nine, or ten years old who drove ATVs without a license.

Shepard said the law is in the process of being codified and that ATVs need to be registered with the DNR (Iowa Department of Natural Resources). ATVs are prohibited from driving in the city, except when snow plowing with the fixed sign and on certain agricultural trails to get to a gas station. UTVs must have the same safety equipment as flags and slow moving signs as golf carts.

4. The council approved the authorization to certify liens for mowing reports to the treasurer of Tama County. Officer Shepard said frequent violators who still have liens are the most important ones they want to pursue: 204 W. Marshall ($ 200); 101 W. Madison ($ 200); 504 S. Church ($ 200); 207 N Church ($ 200); 103 Business Highway 30 W ($ 200).

5. On the weekend of July 4th, Toledo Police issued 11 summons for firing fireworks. The city of Toledo banned the use of fireworks in 2020. However, the city of Tama allows them for a short period near the July 4th holidays. Although no people turned up to object to the quotations, there was a discussion of what to do to curb the use of recreational fireworks within city limits, as the city has no authority to ban the sale of fireworks.

In other council news:

The city council approved Ordinance 2021-02, which allowed the city to update changes in what was a five-year codification process.

Chief Shepard invited Councilors Joe Boll and Jeremy Cremeans, who sit on the city’s Public Safety Committee, to attend an upcoming department meeting as the department continues the hiring process to replace Officer Day. Shepard said he will have the public safety committee attend the department’s meeting after they finish testing their officer candidates.

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