Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

November 7, 2012

Council votes to install new street light pole on Woodland View Drive

NOTE: The Centerville City Council spent a lot of time Monday night debating the merits of having Chariton Valley Planning and Development continue to write a grant so the city can be considered for Community Development Block Grant money for housing rehabilitation. Read what was said in Thursday's Daily Iowegian.

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — The Centerville City Council Monday night at City Hall voted 3-2 to purchase a new pole from Alliant Energy and have it installed to hold a street light in the 900 block of Woodland View Drive.

The cost to the city is estimated at $1,260.15 plus $6.01 per month for light fixture and electricity.

Voting yes were councilmen Randy Marcussen, Richard Smith and Darrin Hamilton. Voting no were councilmen Rob Lind and Edwin Brand.

The street light and pole became an issue when the council on Sept. 4 approved a resolution to install a street light on an existing pole at 928 Woodland View Drive, which is where Marcussen lives.

When Alliant Energy work crews came to install the light on the existing pole they were turned away. The cost to the city to have a light installed on the existing pole would have been $8.71 per month for light fixture and electricity.

Marcussen argued the existing pole is in his yard and not near the street, where it should be if a light is going to be put on it.

"We think it would be best suited to be overhanging the street," Marcussen said. "It wouldn't serve much of a purpose to have it on that existing pole. It’s going to light more of the street if it's overhanging the street than if it's overhanging a majority of my front yard."

Marcussen's residence is at a dead end and placing a pole and street light near the street would mostly benefit his property. There are other residences on the street but they are south of where the new pole would be placed.

Besides the monthly operating costs, the city is responsible to replace the pole if it is damaged or destroyed.

John Meyer, with French-Reneker-Associates, of Fairfield, hired by the city to assist in a land acquisition project at the airport, during a public hearing for proposed improvements at the Centerville Municipal Airport, said 46.5 acres are targeted to be acquired by fee title and 2.4 acres by easement.

"It is not for the expansion of the airport, that's the important thing," Meyer said. "It's not to make the runways longer. It's not to make them wider."

Meyer said changes in the last eight year in runway free zone or protection zone requirements is the reason for the land purchase and the Federal Aviation Administration wants airports to acquire the land.

The FAA will provide 90 percent of funding to make the land purchase.

The council tabled nine agenda items including six consideration of job descriptions and three items relating to the Community Development Block Grant housing rehabilitation grant application to the state as prepared by Chariton Valley Planning and Development.

In other action the council approved:

Change order number three for the 2011 sludge processing facilities improvements project between the city and Oakview dck, LLC in the amount of $4,941 due to a change in coal tar epoxy for the underside of the digester cover.

A resolution to vacate and convey a small portion of an alley to Todd Sales for $1.

A resolution to convey lot 26 in Sunnyside Addition in Centerville for the sum of $10 to Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust Fund, Inc. CVRHTF plans to purchase the adjoining lot and construct a new house.

The appointment of Ryan Moore to the Centerville Fire Department.

The council meeting lasted 95 minutes and the next meeting is 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Centerville City Hall.