The Centerville City Council Monday night voted 4-0 to appoint Neil MacArthur to fill the council vacancy created by Edwin Brand’s resignation.
Pastor Brad Dittmer was the other Centerville resident who sought the council seat.
Both men during the interview process at the start of the meeting said they wanted to help the community.
“I’m putting my name up just simply because I feel that we need people to step up,” Brad Dittmer said. “I’d like to be an example.”
“I really feel like we have found home,” Neil MacArthur said of his and his family’s move to Centerville. “And if I can make a small contribution in these next few weeks ... I’ll be glad to do it.”
Brand submitted his resignation letter dated Nov. 6 and the City Council during a special meeting Nov. 13 voted to accept it.
MacArthur will finish Brand’s term in Ward 2 until the end of the year. Darrin Hamilton the first of 2014 will be sworn-in as the elected councilman in Ward 2 after beating Jay Rogers in November.
The council voted 5-0 to close a public hearing on a proposal to file a Community Development Block Grant, housing rehabilitation grant application in conjunction with project administrator Chariton Valley Planning and Development.
The grant, if awarded, will go toward the rehabilitation of a certain number of “low and moderate income single family owner occupied dwellings in the target” in Centerville, according to a document in the council’s agenda packet for Monday’s meeting.
Nichole Moore, CVP&D executive director, said the program will assist eligible homeowners with needs like roofing, siding, windows, gutters, downspouts, painting, insulation, wiring, flooring and foundation concerns.
“Those needs are identified that will be addressed in the areas will bring the house up to minimum housing standards according to the state of Iowa,” Moore said.