Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

September 6, 2012

Council yanks obelisks; in-city bow hunting rule changes fail

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — The Centerville City Council Tuesday tonight at City Hall voted to not approve changes to the police department's rules and regulations governing the upcoming 2012/2013 bow deer hunt inside city limits.

The two changes to last year's bow deer hunt rules the council didn't like were to only hold bow proficiency tests every three years rather than every year and any hunter who violates the rules and regulations would be prohibited from getting a permit the next year.

The vote was two in favor of the new changes — Councilmen Rob Lind and Darrin Hamilton — and three against the new changes — Councilmen Randy Marcussen, Richard Smith and Edwin Brand.

What's next? The motion was only for the changes so apparently the hunt will go on, but will adhere to the rules enacted for the 2011/2012 bow hunt.

The 2012/2013 bow deer hunt inside city limits is scheduled to start Oct.1 and end Jan. 10 and would be closed during shotgun season.

The controversial issue of placing metal obelisks on the four crosswalks on the Square was somewhat settled Tuesday night.

The council voted 5-0 to remove the three Centerville Garden Club obelisks from the crosswalk on the east side of the Square before Pancake Day and for the rest of the winter. The council gave the Garden Club approval to place the metal sculptures  on the Square for a trial run during their July 2 meeting.

Marcussen said "they look out of place, they look kind of weird just sitting there. They look like they were just stuck there."

But the city does need to have something in place to keep people from driving through the crosswalks, Marcussen said.

Lind said the goal is to find something to block the crosswalks to prevent cars from driving through them.

Kim Crego, city clerk and commissioner of municipal services, informed the council the Safe Routes to School project committee has sent letters to residents along the route asking for voluntary contributions.

"So hopefully they'll step up and we'll get some money from them," Crego said.

In other action, the council voted to:

• Approve an agreement with Chariton Valley Planning & Development COG to write and prepare an application for a Community Development Block Grant housing rehabilitation grant. The cost for CVP&D's services is $7,000 and can be paid in three equal amounts.

Submitting a grant application does not guarantee the city will receive any housing rehabilitation grant money.

"Should the city have other projects that you see will need assistance, we would be glad to talk with you about those as well," Nichole Moore, CVP&D executive director, wrote in an email sent to City Hall Aug. 22. "Please trust me as the director that we are moving forward in the right direction and that we are here to assist your community."

• Re-appoint Steve Fogle to a five year term on the Board of Review, Minimum Housing Standards; re-appoint John Humphrey to a two year term on the Municipal Housing Board and appoint Don Hook to a five year term on the Centerville Airport Commission.

• Approve a $16,743.96 change order due to additional cost for water main relocation, which brings the revised contact amount to $1,639,043.96 for the Sludge Processing Facilities Improvements 2011 project with contractor Oakview LLC.

The meeting adjourned at 6:41 p.m.

The next Centerville City Council meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at City Hall.