Called on account of rain

Supervisors reschedule solar ordinance hearing

West Union Cemetery located east of Traer. The cemetery is surrounded by agricultural fields that were recently enrolled in a lease agreement with TED Renewables LLC, a solar development company. PHOTO BY SOREN M. PETERSON

Much discussion at the Monday, April 3 Tama County Supervisors meeting surrounded the Solar Ordinance Public Hearing that was scheduled for Tuesday evening, April 4.

After receiving up to date weather information provided by citizen Kathy Harkema, the supervisors ultimately decided to postpone the hearing and reschedule it for April 25 at 6 p.m. Other alternatives were suggested including starting a Zoom account for only $150, similar to what the Tama County Landfill has done for their meetings. However, the cancellation was deemed the best option due to the weather.

Other business

The supervisors also passed the L.O.S.T. Resolution. This resolution shows the supervisor’s support of the current local option sales tax instead of the legislation that has been introduced where the current local tax would be changed to a statewide sales tax, and 3/8 of a cent would go to the Iowa Water and Land Legacy trust fund. This legislation would also eliminate the county’s control over the L.O.S.T. revenues.

Jesse Ward from the County Engineers’ office provided the supervisors with a map of where rock will be hauled. Roads are being worked on around the county, and Denco Highway Construction will be coming in to fix cracked roads. Work that was scheduled to start during the week on Toledo’s Deer Creek bridge can’t start due to problems relocating a line.

An application was sent for a grant to possibly get money for broadband.

A public hearing for the maximum tax levy is set for Monday, April 17, at 9:45 a.m.