Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

April 3, 2013

Council appoints Dillard to fill vacant at-large seat

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

DES MOINES — The Centerville City Council Monday at City Hall by a 4-0 vote appointed Jennings Dillard to fill the empty at-large council seat formerly held by Randy Marcussen before he resigned earlier this year.

Dillard was administered the oath of office by the mayor and immediately assumed the council seat and participated in his first meeting.

Dillard located to Centerville in October 2010 and is the facility manager for Hydra Pools.

Dillard will fill the seat until the next regular city election, which is Nov. 5.

The other three candidates in the running were Ron Creagan, Jay Rogers and Cindy Donovan-Steahr.

Centerville Mayor Jim Senior praised the candidates and encouraged the other three to consider running for office in the future.

In other action:

• The council accepted the resignation of Madeline Cummins from the Planning and Zoning Commission and appointed Scott Arnold to fill her vacancy.

• The council appointed Dr. Larry Heikes to fill a Library Board vacancy.

The above two appointments were approved by 4-0 votes with Dillard voting present due to his lack of familiarity with the individuals in question.

• The council by a 5-0 vote gave Crystal Smith permission to hold the farmer's market on the Courthouse lawn starting this spring running through the fall.

• The council by a 5-0 vote approved a request to use city property at 541 N. 12th St. as a community garden for 12 months.

Paul Kness, of Centerville, brought the request before the council. He called it an excellent place to put a garden.

Now, the city will have two community gardens, one on the north and one on the south side of town.

• The council voted 5-0 to hire Brimeyer Fursman, based in Maplewood, Minn., to recruit individual(s) for the council to consider to fill the vacant city administrator position.

The city will pay B Y $14,900 for their services. B Y’s local representative is based in Knoxville.

• The council decided to table the demolishing of the property at 218 E. Jackson St. The city received two bids — both only $15 apart — and were much more than they wanted to spend so they decided to seek additional bids.

The council held the second reading of the ordinance amending one chapter, creating two chapters and deleting obsolete and redundant provisions in the Centerville Municipal Code. The second reading was passed 5-0 and the third reading by a 5-0 vote was waived.

The resolution itself was approved by a 5-0 vote with amendments after a few minor errors were discovered.

Centerville Mayor Jim Senior awarded the Citizen of the Month to Royal Simmons.

The meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m.

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