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April 1, 2013

CITY COUNCIL PREVIEW: City Council to fill at-large vacancy

CENTERVILLE — The Centerville City Council tonight at City Hall is expected to make an appointment to fill the empty at-large council seat held by Randy Marcussen before he resigned earlier this year.

Thursday afternoon in special session council members interviewed candidates Ron Creagan, Jay Rogers, Cindy Donovan-Steahr and Jennings Dillard.

The person selected will fill the seat until the next regular city election, which is Nov. 5.

Tonight's council agenda includes the resignation of Madeline Cummins from the Planning and Zoning Commission and the potential appointment of Scott Arnold to fill her vacancy.

The council will consider the appointment of Dr. Larry Heikes to fill a vacancy on the Library Board.

Crystal Smith is on the agenda with a request to hold the farmer's market on the Courthouse lawn this spring through fall.

Paul Kness is on the agenda with a request to use city property at 541 N. 12th St. as a community garden for 12 months. The agenda request form Kness submitted states the property "is too small under current zoning laws to sell for a building site. Using it as a community garden site would maintain the property and benefit citizens in the north part of Centerville."

The council's selection committee has a recommendation for the full council to consider the hiring of a recruiting firm to to find an individual to fill the vacant city administrator position.

The council will consider bids for the demolition of the property at 218 E. Jackson St.

The second reading of the ordinance amending one chapter, creating two chapters and deleting obsolete and redundant provisions in the Centerville Municipal Code in on the council agenda.

Centerville Mayor Jim Senior is expected to award the Citizen of the Month to Royal Simmons.

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