Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

December 19, 2013

Engineering agreement approved

By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian

---- — The Centerville City Council at Monday’s meeting at City Hall approved an engineering agreement with French-Renecker-Associates, Inc., out of Fairfield, in the amount of $27,138 for their efforts to get a fencing project completed at the municipal airport.

French-Renecker-Associates, for their part, will provided services to include survey and data collection, design, assist in bidding, engineering services, construction observation, project closeout and a short list of other services that could add to the firm’s final bill.

French-Renecker-Associates President John W. Meyer said the total cost of the project is in the $200,000-$220,000 range. Funding for the fencing project will come from an Airport Improvement Program grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to cover 90 percent and local funding of 10 percent. Bids are expected to be opened May of 2014.

The fencing project consists of the construction of new four-feet tall farm-type fence topped with one strand of barbed wire along newly acquired land and along existing property lines. Four-feet tall galvanized chain link fence will be placed in the terminal area to enhance security and control access and old fence no longer needed due to recent land acquisition will be removed.

The council in other action:

Approved a beer and wine license for The Garage Neighborhood Filling Station, LLC at 207 N. 13th St. on the Centerville Square. Many may remember this location as a breakfast and lunch destination known as the Market Place Deli operated by the daughter of Tom and Jene Marts. A document in the council agenda packet lists Jene as the owner and administrator of the new business.

Approved the first reading of an ordinance that amends several chapters and deletes one chapter dealing with the city’s liquor laws. The council will have the second reading of the ordinance at its next meeting.

Patrick Antonen, city administrator, called it “code cleanup” so it now mirrors state code.

“It’s cleanup work. We’re going through our city code now and trying to clean up as many areas as possible,” Antonen said. “This hasn’t been looked at for a very long time.”

Centerville Mayor Jan Spurgeon presented the Jim Senior Memorial Citizen of the Month award to life-long Centerville resident Gray Craver.

Spurgeon read the following statement:

A life long resident of Centerville, Gary attended Centerville Schools, graduating from Centerville High School with the class of 1961 and Centerville Community College in 1964.

Gary was employed as a police dispatcher for 37 years with the Centerville Police Department. He was hired on May 16, 1966 by Chief of Police, Donald R. “Bob” Curtis. He later served as communications supervisor. In 1986, with his help, the 911 Communications Center was one of the first to become fully NCIC certified in the state of Iowa. He retired in 2003.

Gary has an interest in local history and has researched the history of the Centerville Police Department and Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office. His other interest is doing family research, being a member of the Appanoose Genealogical Society, serving as president since 2006.

Gary served as a member of the Centerville Historic Preservation Commission, being appointed by the Centerville City Council to the commission in 1995. During his service on the commission the Centerville Historic Square District, the Old Appanoose County Jail and Sheriffs residence, Drake Public Library, the historic Second Baptist Church and the CB&Q Passenger Depot were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. From 2001 until July 2005 he served as chairman of the commission.

On April 1 , 2002, Gary was appointed by the Appanoose County Board of Supervisors as a charter member of the Appanoose County Pioneer Cemeteries Commission. He is currently chairman of the commission.

In 2002 and 2003 Gary served as a member of the Committee to Restore the Appanoose County Courthouse Clock. Through the efforts of the committee the clock was restored to the original weight driven operation the clock had when it was installed in 1905.

In 2003 Gary became involved with a group that is researching the Underground Railroad in Appanoose County to place sites on the National Park Service “Network to Freedom.” In March 2004 while serving in the group the J. H. B. Armstrong House, in Cincinnati, Iowa was placed on the Freedom Trail as a historic site.

In 2004 Gary served on the Appanoose County Courthouse Centennial Committee that rededicated the courthouse with a celebration on the south steps of the historic courthouse on Sept. 12, 2004, exactly 100 years to the day of the original dedication.

Gary is a member of the Appanoose County Historical Society, becoming a charter member of the society when it was reorganized in 1968. He has served as a board member of the society since 2002.

Monday’s meeting adjourned at 6:08 p.m. The next Centerville City Council meeting is 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at City Hall.