Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

November 7, 2013

Council moves forward with housing application

By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian

---- — The Centerville City Council Monday at City Hall voted to move forward with a Community Development Block Grant housing application in conjunction with Chariton Valley Planning and Development.

Nichole Moore, executive director of CVP&D, briefed the council on the 2014 CDBG housing application.

Moore said they have 26 pre-applicants and 23 of them have meet the basic guidelines. The housing rehabilitation target area is north of Highway 2 from north First Street to North 21st Street, according to a document in the council packet.

Moore said HUD funding is for $393,790 with $18,800 of it going for administrative costs.

The council voted to hold a public hearing Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall regarding the CDBG for housing rehabilitation.

The council voted to authorize the Community Development Housing Needs Assessment that is needed for the grant application with the Iowa Economic Development Authority and CDBG for housing rehabilitation to assist 10 low-to-moderate owner-occupied housing units, according to information contained in the agenda packet.

The council voted to approve a local match commitment of $20,000 for the IEDA-CDBG for housing rehabilitation.

Moore said the application is 80-85 percent finished and is due on Dec. 11.

Tod Faris, Appanoose Economic Development Corporation executive director and Joyce Bieber, Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, addressed the council.

Faris said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is bringing the governor’s annual deer hunt to Centerville and Honey Creek Resort State Park in January 2014. Among those invited to attend the hunt, Faris said, are out-of-state professional site selectors and CEOs considering coming to Iowa and other in-state officials.

“So it’s going to be a pretty select group, specifically for development in Iowa,” Faris said. “And we get the pleasure of actually hosting that, which is pretty awesome.”

Faris said the hope is the deer hunt will continue to be held here in Appanoose County as long as Branstad is governor.

One other significant event Faris talked about is the Professional Developers of Iowa’s decision to bring their fall 2014 conference to Honey Creek Resort State Park during Pancake Day weekend.

Faris said the 40-year-old Professional Developers of Iowa has two conferences a year. One is in Des Moines and the other at a select location in Iowa.

The 2013 fall conference in September was held in Cedar Falls where 170 developers from all the state of Iowa attended, Faris said. The fall 2014 conference in Appnaoose County will the lowest populated area they have held a conference in Iowa.

Bieber talked about several tourism related items and a signage project with Iowa State University Design Lab, Centerville and AEDC.

Bieber said a recent state tourism report shows money expended in Appanoose County on tourism increased by 6 percent over last year, tourism payroll increased 4 percent and state and local tax collections both increased by 5 percent. Tourism spending in Appanoose County has increased by 18 percent and local tax collection increased by 15 percent in the last five years, Bieber said, which is close to increases in the state for the last five years.

“I’m not going to say we’ve outdone the state, but we’re inline with the state,” Bieber said. “We’ve kept pace with that and I know that the state has invested a lot in tourism over that time as well.”

Rounding out the meeting was council approval of a release of judgment for three individuals and property in Oak Park Second Addition and an off street parking request by Clayton Daniels at Van Buren and North Fifth Street.

All councilmembers were present for Monday’s meeting that adjourned at 6:10 p.m. The next Centerville City Council meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at City Hall.