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.