Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

June 19, 2013

Here come the candidates

By Michael Schaffer
Managing Editor

---- — The Centerville City Council at Monday night's regular meeting made no changes to the itinerary for the two-day visit the five city administrator candidates will make this Friday and Saturday.

The five candidates are Patrick Antonen, Darrel Steven Carlyle, Joe Gaa, Chelsea Huisman and Alan Johnson.

The itinerary, which can be found in Monday's Daily Iowegian or online at, due to inaccurate information provided by the city, has one change. The council's special meeting is at 12 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at City Hall to discuss the city administrator candidates with community leaders and department heads.

The council most likely will meet in special session sometime next week to decide on the best candidate. A day and time has yet to be determined.

The council Monday at approximately 6:40 p.m. went into closed session to discuss the purchase of land at the Centerville Municipal Airport to make it Federal Aviation Administration compliant.

The council in other action at City Hall Monday night:

• Approved a request made by Dale Sales for the Lions Club to hold a fundraiser at the intersection of highways 2 and 5 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. July 13. The vote was 3-2 with Rob Lind and Darrin Hamilton voting no to the request.

Sales said the money will stay in the community mostly to help children who need eyeglasses.

Based on council conversations about Highway 2 and 5 fundraising the next applicant may not fare so well. Concerns about city insurance liability and safety could very well derail fundraising at the intersection.

• Approved a request made by Jami Livingston to use the city swimming pool free of charge for Summer Reading Program participants. Livingston asked and the question about a grill was said to be OK outside the pool fence.

• Approved a request by Police Chief Tom Demry to lease to buy two of the three patrol vehicles previously approved by the council.

• Listened to Laurie Appleget with Alliant Energy as she presented the Community Annual Partnership Assessment. The report highlights what Alliant Energy has done in Centerville and Appanoose County. Information about CAPA can be found at

What came out of that presentation was the city's desire to have Alliant Energy do a free energy audit for City Hall. The Law Center and library have had energy audits done before.

• Approved a resolution to authorize loan agreement and providing for the issuance of $970,000 in general obligation refunding capital loan notes, series 2013.

Getting City Hall ADA compliant was not on the agenda, but George Johnson, building and code compliance officer, said the front door swings the right direction and the only items that need correction are the mail deposit slot and the front stoop has a lip that needs to be dropped a couple of inches.

The Centerville City Council's next regular meeting is 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 1 at City Hall.