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June 15, 2014

Second reading of solicitation ordinance

The agenda for the 5:30 p.m. Centerville City Council meeting tonight at City Hall includes the second reading of an ordinance dealing with solicitation of funds in city streets and several request and discussion items.

The agenda shows the council will listen to the second reading of an ordinance amending a chapter of city code dealing with solicitation of funds in city streets.

The City Council passed by a 5-0 vote the first reading of the ordinance during their June 2 meeting.

Richard Wakefield, with the Centerville Lion’s Club, is on the agenda to discuss the proposed change in solicitation of funds in city streets.

Dale Sales, president of the Centerville Lions Club, states in a letter submitted to the city he is “appalled” at the proposed change.

“This proposal would handcuff our fundraising tremendously,” the letter from Sales states.

Mayor Jan Spurgeon is on the agenda to present the Jim Senior Memorial Citizen of the Month award.

Request and discussion items:

n Cathy Whisler with the Friends of the Oakland Cemetery is on the agenda to request approval to install a chime system at the cemetery and to build a bell tower.

n Mason Whisler with the Friends of the Oakland Cemetery is on the agenda to discuss a community columbarium at the cemetery.

n Vern Milburn is on the agenda to request permission to block off part of the Centerville Square for the Centerville Fire Department’s car show on Aug. 2.

n Robert Schwering is on the agenda to request permission for a liquor license for Stiffez Sports Bar at 301 W. State St.

n Lora Kelly with Relay For Life is on the agenda to request the use of the city-owned former Iowa National Armory for the Relay in case of inclement weather.

n Nancy Huisman with Appanoose County Trails, Inc. is on the agenda twice. One item requests the city to act as the fiscal agent for matching assets to Community Health grant application to the Wellmark Foundation grant program. The other is a request for the city to be the fiscal agent for a grant application to the Iowa Department of Transportation for the Iowa State Recreational Trails Funding program.

n Joyce Thomas with the Levee Committee for Improvements is on the agenda to discuss tree planting on Elm Street on each side of South 18th Street.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
C. Not sure
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