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March 21, 2013

Council accepts lower compliance check offer

CENTERVILLE — The Centerville City Council Monday at City Hall voted 4-0 to accept Hall Engineering Company's offer of $16,300 to conduct Davis-Bacon compliance review and certification for the sludge processing facility improvements project.

Chariton Valley Planning & Development of Centerville offered at a previous meeting to do the Davis-Bacon compliance checks for $30,400.

Funding for the sludge processing facility project could be jeopardized if Davis-Bacon review and certification requirements are not followed.

Nancy J. Huisman, with Hall Engineering, was not present, but submitted by email her update on developments with the Safe Routes to School sidewalk project.

Huisman's email, as read by Joyce Davis, temporary city clerk, said she wasn't comfortable with submitting final plans to the Iowa Department of Transportation at this time. The DOT informed the city they want final plans for the project submitted by March 19.

So, the bid letting will be pushed back to July 15 and all  easements have to be attained by April 23.

The council is expected to deal with this issue next month.

The council voted 4-0 to allow Appanoose Conservation Foundation to manage a brush dump from the first Saturday in April to the Saturday before Thanksgiving in November at Lelah Bradley Park. Mark Hoffman, Appanoose County Conservation Board executive director, made the request and said they expect to raise more than $1,700 to be used to construct cabins at the park.

The council passed 4-0 the first reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 1.24, creating Chapters 2.38 and 2.42 and deleting obsolete and redundant provisions in the city's municipal code.

The ordinance's second reading will be at the council's next meeting.

Centerville Mayor Jim Senior said the ordinance changes old and obsolete code and does away with some and adds some to make it more efficient.

The council approved 4-0 the purchase of a 2013 Silverado 1500 four wheel drive crew cab LT truck for the South Central Iowa Drug Task Force. Deery Brothers in Pleasant Hill provided the lowest bid from two other vehicle dealers: Pete Harkness in Centerville and Carl Chevrolet in Des Moines.

With trade-in and equipment, radio and light switch over, the new vehicle's cost comes to $24,713.82. To make the purchase appear local, Pete Harkness will pay the purchase cost to Deery Brothers then add $300 to make the final cost to SCIDTF $25,013.82.

Centerville Police Chief Tom Demry said Pete Harkness will go to Pleasant Hill and pick up the truck and deliver it.

Demry said local drug forfeiture money will be used to purchase the vehicle.

Demry said the new truck will belong to SCIDTF but since they are under city review, the truck will be titled under the city's name.

The council by a 4-0 vote passed a resolution to allow Rathbun Area Solid Waste Management Commission to issue solid waste refunding revenue bonds in the principal amount of not to exceed $1,050,000.

Centerville resident Mark Revers addressed the council with a request to have an ordinance enacted that deals with vehicles and items pulled by vehicles parked in resident's front yards and side yards of corner lots.

Revers cited community enhancement and appearance, supports city mission statement and property values and would help to sell the city to outsiders, as some reasons why the city should adopt an ordinance prohibiting parking on front yards and side yards of corner lots.

Revers drew exceptions to include improved driveways, parking pads and emergency and city owned vehicles.

George Johnson, city code compliance officer, said the city has an ordinance regulating parking in yards but it only applies to houses at Bella Vista. Johnson said he would support such an ordinance city-wide.

"Because I get a lot of complaints about people abusing their own front yards and I don't have have any tools in my toolbox to do anything to prevent it," Johnson said.

The council voted 4-0 to have the city attorney draft an ordinance to mirror Revers' request.

The council meeting adjourned at 6:33 p.m. The next regular Centerville City Council meeting is at 5:30 p.m. April 1 at City Hall.

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