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November 4, 2013

City Council 2013: Ron Creagan

CENTERVILLE — 1. What is your background? I have been married to my wife Angella for 46 years. We have two children. Cindy who lives in Ottumwa and Brenda Fry who lives in Centerville with her husband Eric and their son Cameron, whom is my pride and joy. I have been an active member of the Centerville Fire Department for the last 32 years. Prior to working for the city of Centerville I worked construction for a local contractor for 14 years. I am highly skilled in the installation of private and municipal sewer and water systems. I am a licensed HV AC installer. I have my Class B Master's Electrical license. I also own and operate several small businesses, which are R&A Auto, R&A Mini Storage and Ron Creagan Excavating.

2. Why should people vote for you?: I have lived and worked in Centerville my entire life. I am very concerned about the future of our town. I would love to see my hometown grow and prosper.

I have served two consecutive terms on the city council, from 1981 to 1985. I was employed with the city of Centerville for 26 years, five years as assistant street commissioner and 21 years as street commissioner. During my employment with the city my employees and I brought many new ideas to the street department. We installed new sewer systems, paved several blocks of streets, intersections and city owned sidewalks. Under my supervision the street department demolished over 30 homes, several of these lots were sold and new homes have been constructed on them.

The street department along with assistance from the county secondary road crew built the Cottonwood Bridge at the reservoir. The street department with the cooperation of the City Council, were responsible for the addition in the Oakland Cemetery. This addition is now known as the Shanahan Addition. Under my supervision the new shop was also built for the street department.

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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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