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July 18, 2013

City tables airport land

The Centerville City Council Monday night voted to table the Centerville Municipal Airport request to apply for a Federal Aviation Agency grant to purchase land surrounding the airport in order to be FAA compliant because the grant amount increased. They did set a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to address the new grant amount application.

The old FAA grant amount was $470,000. The new grant amount is now $487,780.

Jay Rodgers, who serves on the Airport Commission, said the increase was due to the need for a 5 percent contingency fee.

The city’s match amount under the new grant amount is $48,778.

In other action:

The council entered into a lease-purchase agreement for two vehicles for the Centerville Police Department. Both vehicles are Chevrolet Tahoe trucks with police up fitting, one with two wheel drive and the other is four wheel drive and will be purchased from Deery Brothers Chevrolet Inc.

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.

Ron Hudson’s request to have the council ban “recreational” wood fires during the summer months of March through September or even all year as he said at the meeting failed.

Hudson said the smoke from his neighbor keeps him from opening his windows in the spring and summer and keeps him from go outside on his deck or patio because of the “contaminated air quality.” He said the neighbor burns fires continuously.

Councilmen Rob Lind and Jay Dillard took the lead to explain to Hudson it would take many more citizen complaints before they could act.

Lind said as far as he knew, to date, Hudson was the first to lodge such a complaint.

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