The Centerville City Council agenda for tonight’s meeting has one item dealing with the discontinuation of the Centerville Municipal Water Works Board of Trustees.
The agenda item is a resolution calling for a city election to allow the citizens to decide if the Board of Trustees should be dissolved to allow the city to assume direct control of its operations. Iowa law states “a proposal to discontinue a utility board may be submitted to the voters at any city election by the City Council.”
Patrick Antonen, city administrator, wasn’t available Friday afternoon to talk about the proposed resolution.
Councilman Rob Lind, Friday afternoon, said the item made the agenda after three city councilmen brought it up. Lind said he wasn’t privy to their names.
Lind said the agenda item might prove to be beneficial and bring about meaningful discussions about the differences between the city and water department and hopefully resolve some issues. Specifically, Lind pointed to the time the city was without a city administrator and the water board needed guidance looking for grants, fixing new water rates “and a lot things didn’t get done. And I think there’s blame for both the city and the council and also with the water board,” he said.
Lind said there are “thorns” in the side of the water board and city that need to be worked out.
He said he would prefer the city not force an election at this time.
However, he didn’t rule out the possibility the board could at some point be replaced by an independent group of maybe five individuals who would oversee both water and waste water rates and counsel and guide the City Council on those matters.
A second item of note for tonight’s meeting is the city’s move to look at different financing options for the 10th Street and East and West State Street paving project.
This item was discussed Thursday night during a special City Council meeting at City Hall.
Friday afternoon Lind said the council during the special meeting wrestled with the special assessment percentage and what the rest of the community would have to pay for the paving project if the special assessment was to be lowered.
“But the movement is towards to reduce the special assessment,” Lind said, adding the amount has yet to be determined.
Lind said over the next 15-20 years many streets in Centerville will need repaved and the City Council needs to come up with a formula to pay for it which makes it fair for the people who live on those streets and the rest of the community.
“And that’s what (Thursday’s) meeting was,” Lind said. “Trying to arrive at what would be an equitable solution to the funding of these projects by the property owners.”
Could a new daycare, preschool be coming to Centerville?
According the council’s agenda packet, Outside the Box preschool and daycare will be located at 205 E. Van Buren St. Joy Korthuis and Ashley Koll are listed as owners and or directors of the new business.
They are on the council’s agenda asking for a letter of support from the city. Presented to the council are approximately 168 signatures endorsing the new daycare and preschool.
The information contained in the agenda packet indicates the new preschool and daycare can handle up to 70 children between the ages of 2 to 13.
Other items on the agenda include:
• A request to solicit donations for poppy sales for the benefit of the VFW at the intersection of highways 2 and 5 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Nov. 2.
• The tradition started by former Mayor Jim Senior will be continued tonight as Mayor Jan Spurgeon will present the Jim Senior Memorial Citizen of the Month Award.
• Lisa Eddy, curator at the Appanoose County Historical and Coal Mining Museum, is looking for permission to hold the ninth annual Haunted History Tour at Oakland Cemetery.
• The agenda contains several board and commission appointments, re-appointments and one resignation. Jan Spurgeon has submitted her resignation from the Planning and Zoning Commission due to a conflict of interest after being named mayor.
• Chariton Valley Planning and Development is on the agenda concerning Community Development Block Grant money for housing rehabilitation in 2014. This is the second straight council meeting where CVP&D was on the agenda seeking funding.
• Chuck Russell is on the agenda to discuss the Social Host Ordinance and SPF-SIG five year project addressing underage and binge drinking in Appanoose County.
* The council will consider a liquor license for South Side Cellar. Agenda packet items indicate the establishment is located in the 1600 block of South 18th Street and is owned by Danny Moore.