“We have to open it up so everybody has a chance,” Patrick Antonen, city administrator, said.
In addition, the council in March of this year voted to allow the lot to be used as a community garden this summer at the request of Paul Kness.
Two public hearings were conducted Monday. Both hearings dealt with franchise and fee agreements with Interstate Power and Light Company, the parent of Alliant Energy.
The council 5-0 passed the first reading of both ordinances to establish a 25 year natural gas and electric franchise agreement with IP&L and Centerville and a 3 percent franchise fee for both utility services.
The second reading will be at the next council meeting on Monday, April 21.
Due to Councilman Ron Creagan’s concern with part of the agreement, it was recommended the city meet with Alliant Energy officials to talk about utility services in the street improvement project area.
The 3 percent franchise fee will be billed monthly by IP&L on the sale of natural gas and electricity to their customers within city limits. The fee is a separate line item on customer’s utility bill.
Antonen in a previous Daily Iowegian story said the 3 percent franchise fee will replace the 1 percent Local Option Sales and Service Tax customers are paying currently.
The 3 percent franchise fee will start “on or before the first Company billing cycle of the first calendar month following 90 days of receipt of information required of the City to implement the franchise fee.”
The money collected through the franchise fee comes back to Centerville.
Centerville Mayor Jan Spurgeon proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
She said trees on the Square will be decorated with teal-colored ribbons in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
“I hope to play a very active role in preventing sexual violence in this community,” Spurgeon said.