Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

CNHI/Southeast Iowa

May 8, 2013

Disaster declaration expands aid

OTTUMWA — Gov. Terry Branstad has declared disasters in several area counties, extending the reach of assistance for flood damage.

The new declaration includes Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Marion, Monroe, Van Buren and Wapello counties, along with several others. The declaration allows residents to seek state grants to help with expenses related to flooding.

The region saw tremendous rains over the past several weeks, including record breaking rainfall in April. In a two-day period much of the area saw more rain than the previous four months combined.

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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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