Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

May 6, 2013

Several local businesses expanding

By Michael Shaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian

---- — 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.

Senior said the Safe Route to Schools sidewalk project is on schedule.

Appanoose County Supervisor Dean Kaster gave the county report.

Kaster announced the recent heavy rain event caused $180,000 in damage to county roads and bridges.

The county has started the process to replace Treasurer Mary Kay Williams who retired.

Executive Director Joyce Bieber gave the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce report.

Bieber announced they received enough donations to replace the 56 American flags around the downtown Square with the potential to place some on the Levee. She said the flags typically last two years.

“So, we appreciate everybody that made donations. We had a lot of donations,” Bieber said. “And some very, very generous donations.”

Bieber said the Tourism Committee got a gambling money grant and with matching funds will replace the banners in the downtown Historic Square District originally placed in 1999.

Bieber announced Wine Fest will be from 3-9 p.m. June 8 on the courthouse lawn. She also made a request for volunteers for the event.

“I’m really pleased with the way that is turning out,” Bieber said.

Marcia Thomas gave the Rathbun Lake report.

Thomas said the lake is at 916.46 or 12 feet above normal of 904.15.

Island View and Bridge View are open for camping. Buck Creek and Prairie Ridge are expected to open for camping the end of May.

The US Army Corps of Engineers will hold a meeting from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 at the Rathbun Regional Water Association office, 16166 Highway J29, to discuss potential revisions to the Chariton River water regulation manual.

Representatives from the local YMCA, BOB group, Game On and SPF SIG spoke briefly.

Wednesday, June 5 at 10 a.m. Kaffee Klatsch will land at the Appanoose County Board of Supervisors boardroom.