Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

August 22, 2013

New parking rules for residents

By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian

---- — The Centerville City Council Monday night passed the second reading of an ordinance adding restrictions for parking in front and side yards and adopting SUDAS standards by a 4-0 vote. The council waived the third and final reading by 3-1 vote. Darrin Hamilton voted no to waive the third reading.

Councilman Rob Lind was absent and Councilman Richard Smith participated by telephone. Councilman Edwin Brand acted as mayor pro-tem.

In essence, Centerville residents now have new rules governing where they can park vehicles. The ordinance targets parking in front and side yards. For example, it now prohibits the "operator of a vehicle to stop, stand or park such vehicle on any front yard or any side yard adjacent to a street except in a driveway or an off-street parking area." It also adopts Iowa Statewide Urban Design Standards for Public Improvements and Iowa Statewide Urban Standard Specifications for Public Improvements.

The complete ordinance will be published in an upcoming edition of the Daily Iowegian.

The council tabled tax abatement and demolition bid agenda items in order more research can be done.

Jacob Downs was on the agenda with a request for tax abatement. Conversations during the discussion of the item indicated the abatement is for an Indian Hills Community College Construction Technologies program-built house in Bella Vista.

Councilman Darrin Hamilton motioned to approve the item, but after discussion, some of which centered on the desire to table the item in order to do more research, the subsequent vote was 3-1 to not approve the tax abatement request. Smith voted yes to approve.

According to city officials the item was tabled to a subsequent meeting.

The other table was bids for the demolition of the collapsed building at 218 E. Jackson St. This make the second council meeting in a row where this item was tabled.

The problem seems to be more research in funding for the demolition and unresolved legal issues.

Centerville resident and attorney, Jim Milani, a vocal council critic concerning nuisance properties, addressed the council with his concerns. Milani said he wants the council to consider where demolition funds come from, realize some nuisance property owners have financial resource to pay for their property's demolition and before the city accepts any demolition bid they need to know where the demolition money is coming from.

Part of the council's meeting included department head reports.

Patrick Antonen, city administrator, said the council needs to set up work sessions to discuss financing alternatives for the State Street paving project. Antonen didn't elaborate what financing options the council might want to pursue.

Antonen said he plans to look into the city's pool contract, Golfview annexation and FEMA public assistance funding.

Jay Rogers with the Centerville Municipal Airport said they raised a total of $3,644 from the recent "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" fundraising event in Centerville.

The meeting adjourned at 6:14 p.m. to meet again in regular session at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at City Hall.

The change in meeting date is due to the Labor Day holiday.