Monday’s Centerville City Council meeting will be without Mayor Jim Senior, who passed away Thursday, Aug. 1 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.
The council Monday night is expected to appoint Patrick Antonen to be Centerville’s first city administrator.
A related agenda item has the council considering a resolution that will pay Antonen $75,000 per year and lists Joyce Davis as bookkeeper with a rate of pay of $18 per hour.
The list of bills shows the cost to hire a city administrator includes Brimeyer Fursman’s recruitment contract expenses of $13,430 and The Continental with expenses of $1,218.14. At a prior council meeting more than $784 was paid in bills relating to the city administrator search.
An agenda item that affects nearly every Centerville resident is an ordinance that will reduce the sewer surcharge by $5 per user per month until the end of fiscal year 2014. The reduction is happening because 35 percent of revenue from the Local Option Sales and Service Tax is being directed toward the $20 sewer surcharge to pay for Iowa Department of Natural Resources mandated sewer system improvements.
In other action:
• Listen to an update on the Safe Routes to School project as presented by Nancy Huisman and consider an addendum to the SRTS project. The addendum calls for a nearly $3,400 reduction in professional engineering fees billed by Hall Engineering for the SRTS project.
• Consider Park Board and Park Committee recommendation to enter into an agreement with Des Moines-based FEH Associates Inc. for the preparation of plans, drawings and budget projections for the improvement of three city parks. The proposed agreement with FEH states they will be paid $9,500 for their services.
“The goal of this project is to provide three upgraded community neighborhood parks to better serve the Centerville community for many years to come,” states the FEH proposal for professional services.
• Macey Oden has submitted her resignation as an administrative assistant at City Hall effective Aug. 2.
• Joyce Bieber, Chamber director, has requested to have the Freedom Rock placed on the Courthouse lawn. Bieber’s request says the Appanoose County Freedom Rock will be painted the last week of August.
• Mike Gill has requested the use of the council chambers at City Hall to host a cribbage tournament during Pancake Day on Sept. 28.
• Consider bid for demolition of the building at 218 E. Jackson St. Joiner Construction Co. Inc. of Plano submitted a bid of $16,950 to do the demolition.
• Consider agreement with the Centerville School District for a school resource officer. The agreement is for one year until June 30, 2014 but can be extended upon mutual agreement.
• Consider proposal for asphalt overlay on 15th Street from Sheridan to Wall. Norris Asphalt Paving Co. based out of Ottumwa submitted a bid of $65,730 to do the work.
• Consider a 28E agreement with Appanoose County Conservation Board regarding management of land adjacent to the Centerville reservoir.
• Listen to the first reading of an ordinance placing restrictions on parking in front and side yards.
• Consider a resolution relating to fees and charges for burial plots in the Shanahan addition at Oakland Cemetery. The new resolution updates the one approved in 1980 and it increases various charges relating to the area.
• Consider a resolution regarding the Main Street Iowa program.