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July 15, 2013

Airport land purchase should move forward

The Centerville City Council during tonight’s meeting is expected to approve an application for the Centerville Municipal Airport for a $470,000 Federal Aviation Agency grant to purchase land surrounding the airport in order to be FAA compliant. The city’s match amount is $47,000.

The council had a public hearing scheduled pertaining to the lease-purchase of two vehicles for the Centerville Police Department. The vehicles in question will come from Deery Brothers Chevrolet Inc. and are a two wheel drive and a four wheel drive Chevrolet Tahoe truck with police up fitting.

The principal amount for the lease or lease purchase of two police vehicles is $65,459.24. Kansas State Bank is loaning the city that amount at 3.53 percent interest over four years resulting in a total payment of $71,336.20.

Also on the agenda for tonight’s meeting is Ron Hudson, who has made a request for the council to ban “recreational” wood fires during the summer months of March through September. Hudson says the smoke from the fires forces surrounding neighbors to keep their windows closed and they cannot go outside on their deck or patio because of the “contaminated air quality.”

Paul Kness is on the agenda with a question about land devoted to a community garden. The city-owned land in question is located at 541 N. 12th St.

Darrin Hamilton is on the agenda with a request the council approve a pool party for Appanoose County Little League at a discounted rate during the state tournaments being held in Centerville.

Mike Bogle has submitted his resignation from the Local Option Sales and Service Tax Oversight Committee effective July 1.

The council’s next regular meeting is 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 at City Hall.

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