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.