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February 4, 2013

First Baptist Church files lawsuit against city

CENTERVILLE — The Centerville City Council tonight will vote on several agenda items, including one to hire a law firm to represent the city in a civil lawsuit.

The agenda item has council consideration to allow the mayor to sign a contract with the law firm of Ahlers & Cooney, P.C., in Des Moines, to represent Centerville in a lawsuit brought by First Baptist Church, et al.

The "engagement letter" from Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. dated Jan. 22 to the mayor and council essentially outlines what the law firm will do and charge for their services.

The council agenda packet does not explain why the church has brought suit against Centerville.

An intriguing agenda item is the prospect of a new business coming to the area.

According to information included in the agenda packet, Tod Faris, executive director of Appanoose Economic Development Corporation, "has been working with a potential new business to the community."

The council tonight will look at government funding to help bring the new business to Centerville, which includes working with AEDC, the city, the potential business owner and Iowa Economic Development Authority to utilize Economic Development Side-Aside Program funding.

The council has a resolution on the agenda to set a time and date to hold a public hearing for CVP&D for IEDA and EDSA application assistance.

Other agenda items the council will consider:

• The re-appointment of Lynette Cisler to Fair Housing Commission until Jan. 1, 2017 and Mary Beth Barnes to Historic Preservation Committee until Jan. 1, 2015.

* Approval of Chariton Valley Planning & Development to submit an application for a grant for street sign replacement.

• A request from from the Local Option Sales and Service Tax committee to move pool LOST funds to the demand certificate of deposit that will mature Feb. 7.

• Additional compensation for increased workload for temporary city clerk and mayor.

• Selection committee recommendation for interim administrator.

• Notice to bidders and bid proposal for park and cemetery mowing. If approved by the council, bidders will have until 12 p.m. March 4 to submit sealed bids to the city for the mowing and trimming of the mini-parks, Morgan Cline City Park, soccer field and Oakland Cemetery.

Mayor Jim Senior will present the January Citizen of the Month.

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