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218 E. Jackson St.

George Johnson, Centerville's building and code compliance officer, said the building at 218 E. Jackson St. basically imploded and now is a safety hazard and needs to be torn down. The owner does not have the money to demolish the collapsed structure, so Johnson asked the City Council to foot the bill. The City Council didn't take a vote because Johnson said he wasn't ready to proceed based on what he learned recently about the cost and methods to dispose from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
C. Not sure
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