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Council addresses concerns over trouble at Wind Up

June 21, 2012
Ross Bercik - Managing Editor , Traer Star-Clipper

The Traer City Council met in regular session on Monday, June 4, with lots of business on the agenda this month.

The council began with approval of the consent agenda and previous month's minutes, followed by the report from Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera. He discussed the calls for service during the month of May, which included a few calls to the same residence for vandalism to property which included the keying and spraypainting of a car. The department also made an arrest on an individual on an unrelated matter because of a Black Hawk County warrant.

Council member Ray Mundt inquired about the recent trouble at the Wind Up Lounge, which allegedly had a fight reported on the previous Saturday evening. No arrests were made. Mundt's concern stemmed from the fact that there has been trouble at the bar, according to several residents, and that the bar may allegedly be overserving some customers.

The Wind Up is up for review of its liquor license by the council next month, and the council will decide whether to have a representative from the business speak at the next council meeting to address the problems.

Cigarette permits were approved for the Traer Short Stop, Weick Bros. and Hometown Foods.

A great deal of discussion again this month turned to the Traer Manufacturing building on the southern edge of town, with a representative from the Traer Development Corporation presenting the recommendation of the TDC that the city investigate the offer to purchase the building further. The city has been offered the chance to purchase the building as-is, but the TDC is concerned that the cost to renovate, coupled with a weak economy, could affect the long-term viability of such a purchase.

In addition, the building would come off the tax rolls if purchased by the city, meaning it would no longer contribute revenue that helps support the town. While the TDC is content with the findings of the environmental report, the representative stated that they would currently advise against making the purchase until more detailed figures can be obtained for the cost of repair and the possibility of re-selling the building once it is renovated.

In other business, the Mill Street Bridge environmental samples are done, and there is the possibility that a contract for construction will be available for the council's review at the next monthly meeting.

Representatives were not present to discuss the upcoming movie fundraiser that may be held to fund a film being shot in Traer and Clutier.

The Lions Club will begin hosting a flea market every Wednesday this Summer, allowing residents to sell their vegetables and other wares with no charge to set up a display table. The flea markets will be every Wednesday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Lions Club Park on Main Street.

Council member Dahn Kennedy inquired about the painting of lines downtown, and John Novak stated the city would most likely be painting the lines at the end of July in anticipation of the Winding Stairs Festival in August. Kennedy also brought up the issue of golf carts traveling on sidewalks, which is a ticketable offense. Golf carts are not permitted on sidewalks, and are to be driven only by a licensed driver. The Tama County Sheriff's Department can issue tickets to those not following the guidelines.

There is a new motor in the swimming pool, which opened last week. There will be a citywide meeting on Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. in Taylor Park. Everyone in the community is invited and encouraged to attend to hear about the developments in the pool plan.

The cost for season passes to the pool remains unchanged this year at $85 for a family pack or $45 per person.

The next meeting of the council will be Monday, July 2, at 7 p.m. at Municipal Hall.



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