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November 4, 2013

City Council 2013: Darrin Hamilton

CENTERVILLE — 1. What is your background? Job(s), family, education, expertise, qualifications, etc.: I have been a lifelong resident of Centerville. My wife Heather and I have a 9 year daughter Ashlynn. I have been on the Centerville City Council for one term (four years). A volunteer fireman for the city of Centerville for the past 20 years. I am involved in various community activities and school functions. I have been employed at Davis County Hospital for 16 years and I recently been promoted as plant operation manager. For the past five years I have helped the Centerville city pool by volunteering as being the certified pool operator. Active on the City Park Board. I was an instrumental part in helping shift city government to city administrator type of leadership.

2. Why should people vote for you?: I am willing to listen to what our citizens have to say. I'm a hardworking and an understanding person. I will make a decision that is best for the whole city. I believe in being part of a solution and not part of the problem.

3. What do you hope to accomplish if you are (re) elected?: Renovate the city pool.Upgrade the city park and the mini parks on the north side and south side of town.Upgrade infrastructure.Have a more efficient and effective government. I would like to see the Safe Routes to School project finished.

4. What are some of the main issues facing the community and where do you stand on them?: Code enforcement. We need to make the town more presentable and look better for economic development. State mandated property tax roll back, this is going to cause the city to have to do more with less money. Infrastructure - we need to work on streets, new water lines, storm drains and sewer lines. Implement a sidewalk program, working with property owners on replacing sidewalks.

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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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