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December 3, 2012

Centerville City Council meeting countdown at City Hall

CITY COUNCIL PREVIEW

CENTERVILLE — The Centerville City Council tonight will hold three public hearings, vote on two associated resolutions to move the items forward and consider one resignation.

The first public hearing concerns the city and $90,000 in general obligation capital loan notes and levying a tax to pay for the principal and interest for the notes.

The resolution is to authorize up to $90,000 in general obligation capital loan notes projected to pay the costs of equipping the police department, including the acquisition of police cars. The city plans to levy $92,344.38 on all of the taxable property in Centerville for fiscal year July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

The capital loan notes carry a 2.75 percent interest rate.

The second public hearing is to discuss the Community Development Block Grant application with Chariton Valley Planning and Development.

Their is no resolution shown in the agenda for the CDBG, which is an effort by the city to target housing rehabilitation in the area north of Highway 2 from North First Street to North 21st Street.

If the CDBG moves forward the start date is expected to be July 2013 and end March 2016.

The CDBG application amount is for $392,490 with a $10,000 local match. The $10,000 local match is split: $5,000 for technical services and $5,000 for hard construction.

The plan is to target 10 units. A per unit breakdown of costs shows each getting $24,999 in hard costs of rehabilitation, $3,500 in technical services, $7,400 in lead hazard reduction and carrying costs and $1,600 in temporary relocation.

CVP&D's grant writing fee is $7,000.

The third public hearing is to discuss conveying real property in Bella Vista to Jeff Hill. The accompanying resolution is to convey Lot 17 in Bella Vista to Hill for $7,000.

In other action, the council will:

• Recognize the Centerville reserve police officers for completing the training at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Des Moines.

• Recognize Steve Kozak as Citizen of the Month.

• Consider the resignation of Joyce Davis, city bookkeeper, effective Dec. 31.

Davis' letter dated Nov. 26 thanks the city "for the opportunities for professional and personal development that has been provided me during the past eight years. I have enjoyed working for the City, but have decided to take early IPERS retirement and move on to other things."

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