By Michael Schaffer
---- — 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.
“I hate the thought of banning recreational fires because people enjoy them,” Lind said.
Dillard said he needed more evidence before he would consider a city-wide burn ban. Dillard gave Hudson a suggestion: Call the Centerville Police when it becomes an issue; build a case in your favor.
“I realize people like it,” Hudson said. “But the people doing the burning don’t care. You wait all winter long to open up your house and they start burning. Fire likes that have no place in town. They shouldn’t be in residential suburbs.”
Darrin Hamilton’s request for a pool party July 28 for Appanoose County Little League at a discounted rate during the state tournaments being held in Centerville was council-approved. Hamilton said approximately 200 are expected to go to the pool, with each one being charged $1 per person to cover operating expenses.
Lottie Wilson talked to the council about improving the drainage ditch the runs through Morgan E. Cline Park from 10th Street to Fifth Street. She said the Park Board, Committee is ready to make a $100,000 Resource Enhancement And Protection grant application to make it happen.
Wilson called the “Storm Water Restoration Project” at the park a great time to improve the area.
The goal would be to get the $100,000 REAP grant and use the $30,000 the city recently gave them to cover the $4,500 cost for grant writing by Hall Engineering and the $2,000 cost to Iowa State University to develop plans, designs and drawings.
The council voted 5-0 to go ahead with the project.
Mike Bogle’s resignation from the Local Option Sales and Service Tax Oversight Committee effective July 1 was accepted by the council.
The meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m. The council’s next regular meeting is 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 at City Hall.