“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.