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November 10, 2011

Council approves Bogle for fire chief; goes into closed session to discuss department head job performance

CENTERVILLE — Monday night the Centerville City Council approved the Civil Service Commission's recommendation to have Capt. Mike Bogle fill the vacant Centerville Fire Department fire chief position.

The Commission's recommendation letter said Bogle was the most qualified candidate to fill the position.

At approximately 6:14 p.m. the council went into closed session to discuss department head job performance as listed on the council agenda.

The closed-session lasted until 7:47 p.m., Kim Crego, city clerk and commissioner of municipal services, said Tuesday afternoon. Crego said she, Ron Creagan, street department commissioner, Mayor Marsha Mitchell, the city council and the city attorney attended the closed session and they discussed purchasing policy.

Both Crego and Creagan submitted a request to have the council go into closed session.

The council's agenda packet did include a copy of the city's purchasing policy and procedures adopted April 6, 2009, a copy of Office of Local Systems: Bid and Quote Thresholds for Iowa Cities and Counties, a copy of Chapter 26: Public Construction Bidding and a copy of Chapter 180: Public Improvement Quotation Process For Governmental Entities.

In other action:

The council voted to open several areas for public hunting and made changes to the 2011-2012 rules and regulations for bow deer hunting inside the city limits.

Areas near the east wastewater treatment plant, around Bella Vista and Lelah Bradley Park are now open for bow deer hunting. Other changes include the city will only allow portable tree stands on public property and all stands must have contact information attached to it.

The Appanoose County Fairboard is allowing bow hunting on grounds near the fair. Anyone interested must first get permission from Appanoose County Fair chairman, Curtis Sebolt.

It was announced 17 city deer permits had been sold and 11 antlerless deer had been harvested.

The council voted to suspend the $50 funeral escort fee.

Seventh grade student Bailey Jackson was named the winner of the "If I were mayor ..." essay contest. Jackson was invited to attend the council's Nov. 21 meeting and sit with Mitchell.

Paying the city's bills took a slight detour when Centerville resident Bob Greene questioned a bill submitted by Road Use from D&R Tree Service for $350 for removal of a tree in the middle of the alley at North First Street. Greene questioned whether Creagan showed favoritism toward his daughter, who lives and operates a business at 604 N. First St.

"Every time the street department performs any kind of work on that alley, maintenance, which is very, very little, somebody calls, I'm called in on the carpet and questioned why am I giving a preference to my daughter," Creagan said. "That's not true."

Creagan's daughter, Brenda, said she and her husband paid $400 to have the tree stump grinded out and in the past have paid to have rock spread on the alley and paid to have snow removed.

Brenda said her father and family have not been treated fairly by the city or the council. She said all property owners should be treated equally but are not.

"Enough is enough. I really don't understand why we can't just work together instead of against each other," she said. "I don't believe any of this is right but because I'm the street commissioner's daughter all of this has become an issue. I can guarantee you that if this would have happened to any of you that you would be upset."

Creagan said when the alley was made the tree was healthy and his daughter and husband didn't want to cut down a live tree. The tree has since died and needed to be cut down, he said.

The alley in the 600 block of North First is used by other residents as a road to their property.

Brenda said the alley right now needs rock and graded.

"But it's probably not going to happen because there again, that would mean Ron Creagan's daughter is getting special treatment," she said.

Councilman Wallace "Moe" Carter said the city had an obligation to remove the tree "and make that alley accessible."

Councilman Rob Lind said the tree should have been cut down when the alley was made.

The city's bills were paid by an unanimous vote.

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