City water officials last month told the Tama City Council concerns are being voiced in other cities, Des Moines in particular, over the addition of fluoride to municipal water supplies. Council members said they would mull over the idea of holding a public hearing for input from residents concerning the practice.

On Monday night the council made little comment, but took no further action on setting a hearing.

This was after Tama dentist Nick Kubik presented a report of extensive scientific health findings in support of the process and Public Works Director John Lloyd stating Water Superintendent Kent Campbell suggested scuttling the idea of a hearing.

Tama city officials are seated for their first meeting of the new year on Monday, Jan. 6. From left are Council members Steve Baier and Crystal Kaufman, Mayor Dan Zimmerman, Council members Doug Ray, Mike Carnahan and Kenny McAdoo, City Attorney Dan Rathjen and City Clerk Judy Welch. The council has regular meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month. A special budget workshop meeting is set for Monday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in preparation for the city’s 2014-15 fiscal year budget. News-Herald/John Speer

In December, Campbell told the council Tama’s water supply has a natural occurrence of four-parts-per-million of fluoride and it is “fed” an additional three parts -per-million to bring it to recommended Department of Natural Resources standards.

Dr. Kubik said facts of the dental and health benefits and “60 years of use” support “optimally fluoridated water.” He also read a letter from the heads of the University of Iowa Dental, Medical and Public Health schools which supported the continued fluoridation process…

“Should the City of Tama discontinue adding fluoride to the municipal water supply?”