Appanoose County's Board of Supervisors still plan to update the county's comprehensive plan, the board's chairman said Wednesday.

The board voted Monday, 3-0, to terminate a contract with local Chariton Valley Planning and Development Councils of Government. The contract was set to begin on July 1.

The termination came after citizens voiced concerns in a petition on whether Chariton Valley, which had authored the city of Centerville's recent update, could listen to county residents and formulate a plan that may have different priorities.

Centerville's comprehensive plan became a controversial topic, as it included recommendations for new zoning regulations — particularly recommending that the two-mile area outside corporate limits would be zoned by the city under Iowa code.

The plan itself did not implement the zoning, though it was implemented soon after in a separate process.

Mark Waits, Appanoose County Board of Supervisors chairman, told locals at Wednesday's Kaffee Klatch that supervisors were back to square one on the issue.

"Be assured that we will press forward with a comprehensive plan," Waits said.

Additionally, Waits said that 10-15 transit will begin a monthly route from Centerville to Des Moines. The route will be traveled the third Thursday of the month, beginning in July.

In other news:

— The Children's Arts Festival is scheduled for June 22. Volunteers are still being sought, contact Judy Dorman or Mary Wells at Main Street Centerville for more information.

— There will be a groundbreaking for RAW Metal Works' new building and business expansion at the industrial park on Tuesday at 9 a.m.

— RAGBRAI volunteers are still needed for the July 24 event in Centerville, and the days leading up to and following. Contact the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Chamber of Commerce at 641-437-4102 or visit for more information.

Kyle Ocker can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.



Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Daily Iowegian. Prior to becoming editor, Ocker was a correspondent, sports editor and associate editor at the Daily Iowegian, and was the managing editor of the Knoxville Journal-Express.

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