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October 24, 2013

Water bills sent to collection

The Centerville City Council Monday night voted 5-0 to turn over for collection more than $12,500 in delinquent, inactive water department accounts.

The 54 accounts total $12,542.68. The accounts will be sent to the county, state and a collection agency.

Six of those accounts will be sent to the Appanoose County treasurer totaling $1,614.09 for collection. The other 48 will be sent to the state of Iowa Offset Program or to a collection agency totaling $10,828.59.

The council voted 5-0 to waive the Appanoose County Baseball Association’s sewer portion of their water bill during the state baseball tournament as they watered the fields for play. The council waived $304.76 but the association did pay the minimum sewer amount.

Park Board representative Lottie Wilson informed the council a work day is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2 to remove brush, shrubs and dead trees in City Park. She asked for volunteers, who will have to sign a waiver to protect the city. And it was discussed the wood will be offered to the public for a donation.

The council voted 5-0 to fund $1,000 a year for five years a local effort to secure a Vision Iowa, Community Attraction and Tourism grant.

William Mark Hoffman, representing Appanoose County Foundation and Appanoose County All Play, made the grant effort presentation to the council.

Hoffman said the state at one time offered CAT grants for 1/3 of the cost of a project. But after a presentation to the Vision Iowa board in early October, Hoffman said, they were told the state could only do 20 percent or $120,000 of the cost of the project.

So we need to raise 80 percent of the $600,000 project or an additional $80,000 the state will not fund, Hoffman said.

Besides Centerville’s $5,000 now (Centerville had previously committed $5,000 in-kind), one additional commitment for funding was approved by the Appanoose County Board of Supervisors Monday morning for $10,000 payable over five years, Hoffman said. Plus, the Tourism Committee, which had committed $20,000 in hotel and motel tax to the project, would be the next place Hoffman said he would approach with an additional $20,000 donation request.

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