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October 24, 2013

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Hoffman said the remaining money would be fronted by ACF.

Hoffman said All Play wants to make improvements at the sports complex. They want to “laser grade” and seed the fields to make them more user friendly for soccer and football players, increase the amount of parking and irrigation. The cost of All Play’s improvements comes to $230,000.

Hoffman said ACF wants to move forward with two rental cabins in Lelah Bradley Park on the east side of the lower reservoir, with the goal of building six cabins. Each cabin will have its own dock to the reservoir and access to a nearby walking trail.

The total expense for the Lelah Bradley Active Living Campus recreational cabins comes in at $370,000.

Improvements at Lelah Bradley also include a ranger’s residence that is currently under construction which boosts the total investment to $750,000, Hoffman said.

“It’s going to be a real nice development for the city of Centerville,” Hoffman said.

The Iowa Economic Development website states Vision Iowa assists projects that provides “recreational, cultural, entertainment and educational attractions. These attractions position a community to take advantage of economic development opportunities in tourism and strengthen a community’s competitiveness as a place to work and live.”

The council voted 5-0 to endorse a letter of intent to apply for Main Street Iowa status with the city collaborating with Grow Centerville, Inc., doing business as Organizing for Main Street.

Patti Lind and Bill Burch, representing Grow Centerville/Organizing for Main Street, made the presentation.

One thing Lind and Burch stressed was Main Street communities are eligible for state and federal money that non Main Street communities are not.

Centerville up until the mid 1990s was a Main Street Iowa community, Lind said. Main Street Iowa first started in 1986, she said.

The Main Street Iowa website states it has the “goal of economic development within the context of historic preservation.”

The meeting lasted 63 minutes. The next Centerville City Council meeting is 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 at City Hall.

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