By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Monday night the Centerville City Council approved a resolution awarding Phase V of the proposed sanitary sewer pipe rehabilitation contract to low bidder Municipal Pipe Tool Co., LLC, of Hudson.
The winning bid of $1,439,236.50 came in lower than engineer's estimated cost.
In other action Monday, Centerville Mayor Jim Senior presented Citizen of the Month to Bob Holcomb and Paul Kness. In selecting these two men, Senior praised their volunteer work with the Betterment or Bust group and other organizations "always for the betterment of Centerville.
The council approved 3-2 a request from the VFW to sell poppies at the intersection of Highway 2 and 5 on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The request asked for the stop lights at the intersection to be turned to flashing during the four hours.
Todd Sales, who spoke for the VFW, said past sales at the intersection netted around $1,000, by far their most successful fundraising venue.
The poppies are made by disabled veterans and money raised goes to help local veterans.
Councilman Rob Lind voiced opposition to the venue — the intersection of two busy highways — but not to the fundraiser's intent.
"To stop people at state highways to do this ... the DOT does not condone this," Lind said. "There's too many negatives in this project. I just wish groups could find a way to do this without stopping people on the highway."
Besides Lind, Councilman Darrin Hamilton also voted against the request.
The council in April of this year denied the very same request made by the Betterment or Bust group to fundraise at the intersection of state Highway 2 and 5. The vote then was 3-2 to not allow BOB to fundraise at the intersection.
Voting no were Lind, Hamilton and Councilman Randy Marcussen.
The council approved a 28E agreement with Appanoose County, pending county approval, concerning a Hazmat vehicle. The agreement calls for the city to purchase a Hazmat vehicle selected by the city to tow the trailer and Appanoose County will pay one-half of the purchase cost.
Centerville is responsible for the maintenance, repair, insurance, license and operation of the vehicle.
Appanoose County is responsible for the maintenance, repair, insurance and license of the Hazmat trailer and to keep the trailer stocked with supplies.
The Hazmat trailer will be stored at Centerville City Hall.
Centerville Fire Department Chief Mike Bogle said the money to purchase the vehicle will come from Local Option Sales and Service Tax and he's working with Carl Chevrolet in Des Moines to purchase the vehicle.
The Appanoose County Board of Supervisors Nov. 5 are expected to consider the agreement.
Kim Crego, commissioner of municipal services and city clerk, said collaborating with the county on Hazmat was a positive step.
"This is a very positive step forward for our relationship with the county," Crego said. "Obviously, we've had some strained relationships."
A familiar face at City Hall is resigning effective Oct. 23. Tammy Johnson in her resignation letter dated Oct. 9 said "I have enjoyed working with you and appreciate the opportunities I have been given here at the City, and hope that the City and everyone involved is successful in all the endeavors."
The council's consideration of six different job descriptions: Commissioner of Municipal Services; Lead Waste Water Operator; Lead Water Distribution Operator; Financial Specialist; Customer Service Representative/Cashier; and Executive Assistant, was postponed until the Nov. 5 council meeting.
Two public hearings were held. One was for the proposed Community Development Block Grant-Housing Rehabilitation Grant application. The council determined the grant application should be filed to obtain funds to rehab low and moderate income single family owner occupied dwellings located inside Centerville.
Nichole Moore, with Chariton Valley Planning and Development, in Centerville, charged with submitting the grant application, said because the city has decided to rehab and improve housing stock they will assemble a CBDG to submit to the Iowa Economic Development Authority on Dec. 12 to receive funding.
Moore said her office has received 42 pre-applications for housing rehabilitation.
Right now, 26 would meet the preliminary guidelines to qualify, Moore said.
"The benefit of this is you're going to help low to moderate income homeowners in the city of Centerville," Moore said.
The second public hearing dealt with the sanitary sewer pipe rehabilitation phase V project.
To round out Monday's council meeting, Centerville Fire Department Capt. Vern Milburn, with the help of Red Cross representative Tony Burke, talked about their upcoming city-wide fire safety effort.
On Saturday, Oct. 20 volunteers will canvass every Centerville residence to educate occupants about fire prevention and safety, ice storm safety and smoke alarm installation.
"Not only is it saving the public's life, it's also saving firefighter's lives as well," Burke said.
Monday's council meeting lasted approximately 77 minutes. The next Centerville City Council meeting is 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at City Hall.