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August 5, 2013

Council to appoint city administrator

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.

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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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