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September 18, 2012

Council moves forward with 2012 street project

CENTERVILLE — Monday's Centerville CIty Council meeting wasn't like most others.

Most council meetings don't have more than 80 in the audience, don't have 20 to take the microphone to address the council and don't have a public hearing that lasts almost 70 minutes.

The reason Monday's meeting was so unique was the public hearing to listen to input regarding the 2012 street improvements project consisting of repaving portions of 10th, East State and West State streets and the associated assessments.

One by one 20 introduced themselves and told the council they were against the 2012 street improvements project and assessments. They used words like hardship, bad economy, financial ruin, not necessary, assessments too high and it will not attract new business.

One person living in the project area spoke out against it and presented a petition to the council he said was signed by 54 opposing the project and seven in support of the project.

Kim Crego, city clerk and commissioner of municipal services, said City Hall received 27 written objections to the project and four verbal comments in support of the project.

Crego and Mayor Jim Senior spoke in favor of the project during the public hearing. Crego lives in the project area and is facing approximately $6,000 assessment, while Senior does not live in the project area.

After the public hearing on the 2012 street improvements project, which was opened at 5:35 p.m. and closed at 6:44 p.m., the council passed by 5-0 votes two associated resolutions: 1). Resolution of necessity to construct as a single improvement the 2012 street improvements and 2). Resolution directing preparation of detailed plans and specifications, form of contract and notice to bidders.

Senior stressed the resolution of necessity was just a statement by the city that they wanted to do the project.

Crego said the city does have the capacity to issue general obligation bonds to cover the entire $4.3 million estimated cost of the 2012 street improvements project.

Councilman Darrin Hamilton said he wants to look at ways to spread the cost of the project across the entire community.

"This is the first leg of a long journey," Councilman Rob Lind said.

By 7:05 p.m. just a handful of people remained in the audience.

Read more audience comments and other action from Monday's meeting in Thursday's Daily Iowegian.

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