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May 6, 2011

City Council votes to give non-union employees a paid holiday

CENTERVILLE — The Centerville City Council during its meeting Monday narrowly passed an agenda item giving all city employees the same day off with pay.

The council voted 3-2 to make Good Friday a paid holiday for the city's non-union employees. The city's union employees in public safety and wastewater, water and street departments already had Good Friday off as a paid holiday.

Voting to level the paid holiday playing field for city employees were councilmen Bill McAfee, Wallace "Moe" Carter and Robbie Morgan. Voting to deny the paid holiday were councilmen Rob Lind and Darrin Hamilton.

In other action, the council voted 5-0 to accept Tom Chamberlin's request for voluntary annexation of property at 22984 Highway 5 south into the city limits.

The council tabled Daniel Dueker's request for a 75 percent reduction in the $1,000 fee he was charged by the Centerville Fire Department. Dueker lives in rural Appanoose County, approximately five miles north of Centerville.

On April 2, he and his wife were burning some weeds in the back of their property when the wind carried the fire into an adjacent field. They called 911 and the Centerville and Mystic fire departments arrived and in less than 30 minutes the fire was under control.

The Centerville Fire Department charges $1,000 when they respond to a grass fire call outside the city limits.

Centerville Commissioner of Municipal Services Kim Crego said the council tabled the fee reduction request so the city can review the rural fire response fee structure.

"The Fire Department Committee is looking at the fee structure," Crego said.

The council voted 5-0 to approve a resolution authorizing the loan and disbursement agreement issuance of a not to exceed $900,000 sewer revenue capital loan notes.

The council voted 5-0 to approve Dianne Humphrey's request for tax exemption under the Centerville Urban Revitalization Plan for property at 1605 S. 20th Street.

The next Centerville City Council regular meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 16 at City Hall.

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