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May 4, 2014

City wants to purchase Armory

One item on the agenda for the Centerville City Council meeting Monday night has the council voting to make an offer to purchase for $1 from the state of Iowa Armory Board the vacant Iowa Army National Guard Armory on Dewey Road.

The National Guard closed the Armory on Jan. 24.

According to a Daily Iowegian story published on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1992, members of Centerville’s 224th Engineer Battalion completed their move into the new Armory on Sept. 12-13 of that year. The story listed the new facility as 42,000 square-feet situated on 15 acres of land.

Other items on the council’s agenda for Monday night’s meeting includes a water leak rates policy effective July 1. The policy’s stated purpose is to establish a “fair and consistent treatment of customers who have large unexpected leaks.”

The policy will allow customers who more than double their normal monthly water consumption — based on a 12 month rolling average — due to a water leak to request the leak rates billing. The leak rates policy reduces the customer’s sewer charge on the bill to their normal sewer charge which is based on a 12 month average.

The leak rates policy only applies “to one meter per residential or commercial establishment” and can only be requested once every five years.

Agenda items include:

n Joyce Bieber, Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, is on the agenda twice: One is to give the Chamber of Commerce report and the other is to request a temporary license for Winefest scheduled for Saturday, June 14.

n Nancy Huisman is on the agenda three times in three different capacities: One, representing the Park Board, is to present the city parks master plan and discuss proposal for improvements; two, representing Hall Engineering, is to give the council an update on the sludge processing facilities improvements project; and three, representing Appanoose County Trails, is to ask the city to act as the fiscal agent for a Welmark Foundation 2014 Matching Assets to Community Health grant.

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