Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

October 2, 2012

Council approves cemetery tour, bow deer hunt, three engineering agreements

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — The eighth annual Haunted History Tour at Oakland Cemetery was given the green light by the Centerville City Council Monday night.

Lisa Eddy, Appanoose County Historical & Coal Mining Museum curator, was given permission to use the west side of Oakland Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 27. A guided daylight tour will start at 3 p.m. followed by a guided twilight tour at 6:30 p.m.

Eddy said the 90 minute tour involves actors at select grave sites of notable individuals who recreate through words a part of that individual's life.

"We try to pick a person with an interesting story and within walking distance of each other," Eddy said.

The council by a 4-1 vote passed changes to the bow hunt within city limits rules and regulations for this fall.

The bow hunt is on but is only allowed in certain parts of Centerville and follows the Iowa Department of Natural Resources bow hunting seasons.

The archery only fall deer season is Oct. 1-Nov. 30, then closes for the shotgun deer season and reopens Dec. 17 to Jan. 10, 2013.

"We just want to limit the numbers," Councilman Rob Lind said. "And it's all done safely. According to many other urban areas in Iowa and they continue to have the hunt year after year and they've had year after year with no problems."

Councilman Randy Marcussen said he has heard from many people who do not want the hunt to happen.

"I mean, there is both sides of the fence," Marcussen said.

Kim Crego, city clerk and commissioner of municipal services, said last year's bow hunt rules and regulations were only for one year, 2011-2012.

"Because last year we simply wanted to have a trial run to see how it worked. It worked very well," Crego said. "So now we want to change the rules and regulations to reflect this year."

More information about the bow hunt in Centerville can be obtained by calling City Hall at (641) 437-4339.

The council approved three engineering agreements with Hall Engineering, of Centerville, for the 2012 street improvements project: East State Street agreement includes reconstruction of East State Street from Haynes Avenue to the entrance of Oakland Cemetery for a total cost of $100,600; North 10th Street agreement includes reconstruction of North 10th Street from West Maple Street to West Washington Street for a total cost of $117,902; and West State Street agreement includes reconstruction of West State Street from 10th Street to Fifth Street for a total cost of $216,160.

The engineering services agreements call for engineering design, construction engineering, surveillance and staking for the 2012 street improvements project. Work includes concrete and pavement removal, reinforced PCC pavement, PCC sidewalk, PCC driveway approaches, storm sewer and associated work.

The council passed a federal aid agreement for a Surface Transportation Program for the West State Street project area. The federal aid is approximately $600,000.

The council decided to hold a public hearing Nov. 5 on the proposed Centerville Municipal Airport improvement project.

The project includes the purchase of land to preserve and protect runway zones, obstacle free areas and open spaces to the building restriction line.

The purchase of 47 acres of land in fee title and three acres of land by easement near the airport are considered necessary to accomplish the project and bring the airport up to current Federal Aviation Administration requirements.

Documents included in the council agenda packet indicate the land will be acquired by eminent domain for public improvement. The packet shows five property owners, all of Centerville, who have property in the proposed airport improvement project area.

John Meyer, with French-Reneker-Associates, Inc., of Fairfield, the company hired by the council Sept. 17 to supply engineering services for the project, said eminent domain land acquisition has to be transparent and public record, with the exception of the actual negotiations with the land owners.

"We have a lot of hoops that we have to jump through to make sure that we preserve not only the rights of the property owners but the rights of the city," Meyer said, noting the five property owners are well aware of the city's intent and have had the opportunity to attend two public meetings.

The council decided to follow through with donating land in the 1200 block of South 15th Street to Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust Fund.

CVRHTF with the help of Indian Hills Buildings Trades class students plan to start this fall to build a house and finish in the spring of 2013. CVRHTF plans to purchase the neighboring lot to build on.

"Right now it's just a piece of government property that's tax exempt," George Johnson, building code compliance officer, said, noting two benefits are it goes back on the tax rolls and it benefits the neighborhood.

The council set Oct. 15 to hold a public hearing for the city's housing rehabilitation program with Chariton Valley Planning and Development.

The council agreed, with city attorney review and approval of the homeowner's association, to change the Bella Vista covenants.

The hope is the changes will encourage more individuals to think about Bella Vista as a place to build a house.

Lind said the city needs to make sure it makes good on its promises made to the homeowners who have built in the Bella Vista development.

The next Centerville City Council meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 at City Hall.