By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian
---- — The Centerville City Council Monday night at City Hall discussed and then voted 5-0 to purchase a new street sweeper.
The new sweeper lists at $175,000, but with the proceeds from the sale of the current sweeper, the final cost was projected at approximately $140,000.
The model the council voted to purchase is manufactured by Elgin Street Sweepers. The new model is a mechanical model and is more efficient, Steve Hawkins, public works director, said.
“It’ll do a lot better job, I think,” Hawkins said. “And we saw that during the demo.”
Hawkins said Centerville at one time used a mechanical street sweeper and it was time to go back to that design. The city’s current street sweeper is an air type sweeper.
“There’s no doubt in my mind this is going to be a lot better piece of equipment and you’ll be able to get over I think two-three times more streets in the same amount of time,” Hawkins said. “You’re going to see the difference.”
Patrick Antonen, city administrator, said the current street sweeper is very slow, only gets approximately one mile to the gallon and has to make several passes to sweep the streets.
The city is waiting on quotes to sell the old street sweeper, Antonen said. The council vote was to authorize the purchase of a new street sweeper up to the dollar amount of $175,000 before the final details of selling the old one are worked out.
The money is available in the city’s road use tax fund, Antonen said. The fund has more than $600,000 in it.
“And we need to start spending that down,” Antonen said. “The state doesn’t particularly like to see a lot of money left in your road use account.”
In other action Monday night the council approved:
• A public hearing date for Monday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall for electric and natural gas franchise(s).
• A request by the Eagles Aerie No. 2675 in Centerville to extend outdoor service during a state fundraiser over the May 3 weekend. Tim Moore, with the Eagles, said a state fundraiser was held in Iowa City last year and more than 400 attended the event.
• A brush dump renewal agreement identical to what the city and Appanoose Conservation Foundation agreed to last year beginning April 5 through Nov. 22 at Lelah Bradley Park. The brush dump will be open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
• Linda Miller’s resignation effective immediately as a member of the Water Board and appointed Frank Belloma to take her place.
• A request by Mark Cary to do an exploratory bottle excavation at various locations in Centerville. Cary wants to unearth artifacts suitable to be displayed at the Appanoose County Historical and Coal Mining Museum in Centerville in addition to some he would keep for himself.
The West Des Moines man has done other archeology digs in Iowa. Cary approached the council and was given approval at their July 16, 2012 meeting — pending the approval of the private property owners — to conduct an excavation with his father at various locations in Centerville but job circumstances prevented that from happening.
• A request made by Paul Kness of Centerville to allow the property at 541 N. 12th St. to be used as a community garden for 12 months. Part of the vote included the provision the property would continue to be used as a community garden until it is sold.
The property at North 12th Street joins property at South 16th Street and Fourth and Madison as community gardens in Centerville.
• A contract amendment between the city and Iowa Economic Development Authority on behalf of Jef-Scot Metal Industries. The amendment extends as of Jan. 17 Jef-Scot Metal’s project completion date job obligations deadline to June 30, 2014 and maintenance period completion date to June 30, 2016.
As a result of receiving state funds, Jef-Scot Metal was required to create 20 full-time jobs.
• A resolution to amend the salary of Kaitlyn Wilson, part-time dispatcher, to $10.30 per hour effective Feb. 7. The salary is the normal pay for a part-time dispatcher Centerville Police Chief Tom Demry said.
During department head reports Antonen talked about the need for new computers at City Hall, new chairs for council chambers and lights near Walmart at Dewey Road and South 18th Street.
Antonen said they plan to talk to Alliant Energy about placing several lights in the area.
Centerville Mayor Jan Spurgeon presented the March Jim Senior Memorial Citizen of the Month award to the 10 members of the public works department, which is a combination of street, water, wastewater and animal control department employees under the supervision of Steve Hawkins.
Monday’s meeting adjourned at 6:44 p.m. The next Centerville City Council meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 7 at City Hall.