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May 7, 2014

Council votes to buy Armory

The Centerville City Council Monday night voted 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 and had vacated all contents in the building by approximately April 15.

The council by a 5-0 vote approved the memorandum of agreement between the Iowa National Guard and the city of Centerville. The agreement allows the city to assume immediate ownership of the building and start paying utilities.

The Iowa National Guard Executive Council has to approve the sale before it becomes final.

Patrick Antonen, city administrator, said they plan to have several work sessions to hear input on uses for the former Armory.

“I think it’s going to be a big asset to us,” councilman Ron Creagan said.

Centerville’s 224th Engineer Battalion moved into the 42,000 square-foot facility in September of 1992. The building sits on 15 acres of land.

In other action, the council approved:

• Collection of delinquent water and sewer accounts through various agencies totaling $5,626.56.

• To have a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. May 19 to amend the current fiscal year budget.

• A request made by Joyce Bieber, Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, for a temporary alcohol license for the eighth annual Winefest scheduled for Saturday, June 14. Bieber said they expect eight wineries to attend.

• A request made by Nancy Huisman, representing Appanoose County Trails, for the city to act as the fiscal agent in an attempt to get a Welmark Foundation 2014 Matching Assets to Community Health $75,000 grant. The grant doesn’t require matching funds and it will not cost the city any money, she said.

The grant application will focus on “developing an environmental design strategy to connect and expand existing trails and sidewalks within the City of Centerville,” according to a document in the agenda packet. The idea is to develop a trail plan to connect “schools, open spaces, athletic fields, and public facilities within the city.”

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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?"

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