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September 19, 2013

Water board avoids Nov. ballot

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It’s still an open ended issue because there are two ways to force the issue on the next city ballot.

One was what the council denied, through a resolution. The second way is for 10 percent of the number of voters in the last city election — or about 60 — sign a petition asking for it to be on the ballot.

The citizens of Centerville voted to form a water board in 1948.

The council voted 4-1 to lower the special assessment for sidewalks and driveway cutouts being charged to property owners in the 10th Street and East and West State Street paving project from 25 percent to 10 percent. The city would then bond for the remaining 15 percent.

Brand voted against lowering the assessment.

The City Council granted a request made by Joy Korthuis with Outside the Box with a letter of support for the new preschool and daycare to be located at 205 E. Van Buren St.

Korthuis said she is scheduled to meet with the Department of Human Services to present to them her plans. She said the plan is to be open by the first of the year.

Korthuis said the preschool and daycare will be open from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. and once they sign up enough children, they will be open 24 hours a day. She said the new preschool and daycare will be able to handle up to 70 children between the ages of 2 to 13.

Other items on the agenda included:

• The council voted 3-2 to allow the VFW to solicit donations for poppy sales at the intersection of highways 2 and 5 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Nov. 2. Post commander William Helleur said they have 10 people signed up to assist and they have a $1 million liability insurance policy.

Voting against the idea was Lind and Hamilton.

Lind said he was against the idea because it’s at the intersection of two state highways and it presents a liability issue, to which Hamilton agreed.

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