Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

Local News

February 10, 2012

City delays donation decision for Rathbun Lake Area YMCA

CENTERVILLE — The Centerville City Council Monday approved a resolution to contribute $2,000 in annual fees in planning support to Chariton Valley Planning & Development Council of Governments.

"The commitment (will be) used to secure or match other federal and state funding," stated Nichole L. Moore, CVP&DCoG executive director, in a letter submitted to the city.

CVP&DCoG serves Appanoose, Lucas, Monroe and Wayne counties.

The council took no action on the Rathbun Lake Area YMCA request for a $25,000 donation from Centerville.

Councilman Rob Lind, after listening to several individuals make the case for the donation, said they would have a better answer in the next two-to-three weeks as the city goes over its budget.

YMCA Executive Director Randy Groff said they serve more than 2,000 in Appanoose County and have 1,280 members. One out of 10 Appanoose County residents who participate at the YMCA receive financial assistance to pay the membership dues.

Groff said the YMCA is one of the only recreational facilities for all ages in the community. The YMCA benefits the community in other ways.

"Typically, recreation is in the top five as you're looking at individuals that tour your community and look at bringing a family here. It could be physicians, executives," Groff said. "Our mission is all about providing opportunities for healthy lifestyles in our community."

Groff said out of the YMCA's $300,000 yearly budget, $100,000 comes from fundraising in order to remain strong in the community. One-half has been raised so far, but the YMCA is coming up short by $50,000, based on things out of our control, he said.

"There's a number of reasons in our community why we don't see consistent support through membership programs," Groff said. "Therefore, we need to look at partners in our community to be there to support us."

The YMCA has four large donors: Mercy Hospital, Appanoose Industrial Corporation, Appanoose County Community Fund and Iowa Trust and Savings Bank. Appanoose County committed $10,000 this year to the YMCA.

Groff said in 2010, Centerville's recreation program was losing $16,000 per year. The city and the YMCA agreed to have the YMCA run the city's recreation programs.

In 2010, the city agreed to $13,000 and in 2011 to $6,000 in wellness funding. Centerville had no wellness funding scheduled for 2012.

Centerville Mayor Jim Senior called the YMCA "an absolute gem in our community."

Councilman Edwin Brand questioned Groff on why a non-profit that adheres to Christian values would approach the city for taxpayer assistance.

"You don't see a conflict between government funding and an organization with Christian principles?" Brand asked of Groff.

Groff said they accept all religions at the YMCA. He said Christian principles are part of the YMCA's values.

Lind said the city has an obligation to provide its citizens recreational opportunities.

Ann Young, representing Mercy Hospital, said a non-profit like the YMCA has to rely on donations to make a budget. Program fees alone to balance the budget would be too costly and no one would be able to afford the charges, she said.

The comments made during the Highway 2 and 5 lane configuration public hearing were more than two-to-one to keep it the way it is. At least 11 said they want to keep the current three-lane configuration through Centerville and five said they want to go back to four lanes

Centerville Mayor Jim Senior said the comments he has heard were all in favor of three lanes.

Some of the stated reasons for three-lanes were fewer accidents, better traffic flow, better access, better for emergency vehicles and safer.

Some of the stated reasons to go back to four-lanes were bumper-to-bumper at high traffic times, many near accidents and slow moving vehicles block traffic.

Many who spoke had something to say about Highway 5 south and the potential for problems when the new Wal-Mart store opens.

"That's an accident waiting to happen when you open that store," said one man who didn't identify himself.

An official with the Iowa Department of Transportation who attended the meeting said there are no plans at this time to change Highway 5 south near Wal-Mart.

In other action Monday:

•The council accepted multiple resignations: Joe Sharpe from the Airport Commission effective immediately, Jim Senior from the Drake Library Board due to conflict of interest and Angie Budeslich from the Municipal Housing Agency.

•The council made several appointments: Jay Rogers to fill Andy Woodrick's vacancy on the Airport Commission, Miranda Phelps to fill Jim Senior's vacancy on the Drake Library Board, Linda Miller to fill C.J. Hash's vacancy on the Centerville Municipal Waterworks Board, Virginia Padovan to fill O.R. Parks' vacancy on the Historic Preservation Committee and Ron Eggerman to fill Angie Budeslich's vacancy on the Municipal Housing Agency.

•The council passed a resolution authorizing a loan and disbursement agreement for up to $1.2 million in sewer revenue capital loan notes. The loan has a 1 percent or lower interest rate, according to Kim Crego, city clerk and commissioner of municipal services.

•The council approved the contract for the sanitary sewer pipe rehabilitation project phase IV to low bidder Municipal Pipe Tool Co., LLC based in Hudson, Iowa for $380,941.50. The next closest bidder was Insituform Technologies USA, Inc., based in Chesterfield, Mo., for $446,358.68.

•The council approved the request from Tom Gesualdo for a refund of liquor license fees resulting from the sale of Alibi.

•The council approved the tentative agreement for the 2012-2014 collective bargaining agreement for Centerville street and utility department employees. Now with final approval, city union employees are assured a 2 percent hourly wage increase effective July 1, 2012 and a 2.5 percent hourly wage increase effective July 1, 2013.

The council listened to:

•Ron Creagan on the need for a brush dump for yard waste since Appanoose County had found other uses for the facility the city had been using located near Mystic. Creagan said the city needs to look at other options and taking yard waste to the fairgrounds has to stop, he said.

Where the city decides to locate the brush dump would need Iowa Department of Natural Resources' approval, Creagan said.

The council's next regular meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at City Hall.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry © 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved.July 28, 1929: Feelings between coal owners and the county’s miners were about to explode. Complicating the situation, the miners were divided between two unions. The United Mineworkers of America was led by a

    July 30, 2014

  • Former Centerville teacher drowns in Creston

    A long-time Centerville Community School District teacher and coach has been identified as the man dive teams recovered from a southeast Iowa lake on Tuesday morning.

    July 29, 2014

  • Three year old case ends in prison term suspended A 36-year-old Moulton man was sentenced to state prison suspended to probation in the Appanoose County Courthouse July 18.Donnie D. Vanderlinden Jr. was sentenced to five years in prison, all but 30 days suspended, to five years probation to the Eigh

    July 29, 2014

  • Mercy receives Award Mercy Medical Center — Centerville received a 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Gov. Terry E. Branstad during a special recognition ceremony held June 20 in Ottumwa.The hospital was honored with a length of service award by the Iowa Senior Health

    July 29, 2014

  • County attorney requests an assistant

    Monday morning the Appanoose County Board of Supervisors in the Courthouse boardroom moved to table a request from Appanoose County Attorney Susan C. Daniels to hire an assistant county attorney and amend her budget by $38,833.60 to cover the cost.

    July 28, 2014

  • 072514 CCC Meeting Photo Delay in street paving project Nancy Huisman, with Hall Engineering, Monday delivered to the Centerville City Council an update on the East and West State streets and North 10th Street paving project.Huisman recommended the city delay the project until the spring of 2015.The new t

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Honey Creek Resort recognized for recycling MORAVIA — Honey Creek Resort State Park on Rathbun Lake has been selected as having the best government recycling program by the Iowa Recycling Association.“Iowa’s Greenest Resort” received the award July 17 during the Iowa Recycling Association annu

    July 23, 2014

  • Appanoose County Farm Bureau annual meeting President Mark McGill welcomed 85 members and guests to the annual meeting of the Appanoose County Farm Bureau on Tuesday, July 15 at the Faith United Methodist Church, south of Centerville. Guest speaker Walt Hackney, who writes DTN’s “Talkin’ Lives

    July 23, 2014

  • School board reviews legislative priorities The Centerville School Board met for a regular meeting Monday, July 14, welcoming new member Steve Hoch, who replaced Tom Lange after his resignation.High School band director Jim DePrizio approached the board to see if the Band Boosters could receiv

    July 22, 2014

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry © 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved.July 23,1920-1926: For some people, the changing role of women in this time, was leading to the breakdown of the family. The "Divorce Rate Is Appalling," said one headline. It was the KKK Southern Iowa America

    July 22, 2014

  • 072214 Medics Skills Photo Local medics advance skills Recently, six EMT’s from Mercy Medical Center advanced their credentials and skill levels to become paramedics.Dan Howington, Brenda Howington, Jeff Devoll, Katy Devoll, Andy Mericle and Jerilyn Inman invested their time over the last 18 months to ob

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry © 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved. July 22, 1945: Exline’s L. Jay Johnson, who opened a funeral home on East Maple Street on his return to Centerville from World War 2, survived the U.S. 8th AAF. He won a “Lucky Bastard” award from his fellow airmen on completion of 25 dangerous missi

    July 22, 2014

  • 072214 AC Fair Photo1 Antique tractor display The Lapland Plowboys Antique Tractor Club will be displaying a large selection of antique tractors Monday through Friday at the Appanoose County Fair.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Fire protection score improves CENTERVILLE – The Centerville Fire Department recently received word that the community’s rating on Insurance Services Office’s Public Protection Classification survey had improved.The survey in question analyzes the fire suppression services in a co

    July 22, 2014

  • Humble Heroes Foundationhelps soldiers' children CENTERVILLE — Justin Zaputil remembers when Master Sgt. Travis Riddick died. The common reactions didn’t feel right.Mourning and then moving on left something undone. It didn’t seem to accomplish what Zaputil and a handful of others wanted. It didn’t

    July 22, 2014

Obituaries
Featured Ads
Poll

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
     View Results
Iowegian on Facebook