The traveling first Wednesday of every month Kaffee Klatsch meeting landed at Chariton Valley Planning & Development on the west side of the Centerville Square at 10 a.m. May 1 with 24 in attendance. The meeting lasted approximately 42 minutes.
Executive Director Tod Faris gave the Appanoose Economic Development Corporation report.
Faris announced exciting changes coming to Centerville as several existing businesses are looking at growth and one new business — Shark Fin Shears — was given state OK to proceed with construction.
“So I guess they’ll be able to start building as early as today (Wednesday),” Faris said.
Faris said SFS owner Randy Feman has filled several key positions. Faris said the starting minimum wage at SFS has to be at least the average Appanoose County wage of $13.30 per hour or else the business wouldn’t qualify for federal or state funding.
Hydra Pools has added more employees to keep up with demand for pool liners. They currently have 20 employees and are so backlogged they have been putting in overtime, Faris said, adding they are outgrowing their current location.
“They are very, very busy right now,” Faris said.
Pete Harkness plans on expanding at their present location, Faris said, which might include some sort of update or remodeling of the business located at Highway 5 north and Haynes Avenue in Centerville.
Faris announced the CIRAS group from Iowa State University today at 11 a.m. will have the College of Design meet at CVP&D then tour the city to develop plans for signage in the city and county.
“We have a lot more people coming into our community now that had never been here before,” Faris said. “They heard that it was a pretty neat place, maybe.”
Centerville Mayor Jim Senior delivered the city report.
Senior said the East and West State Street and North 10th Street paving project plans should be ready in February, bids in May and construction to begin in late June or early July, 2014.