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July 5, 2012
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Paid for by taxpayers in…Des Moines

(paid during the week of June 25)

Amount: $128.76

To: Larry Baker, author from Iowa City

For: Payment for mileage reimbursement after a 40-minute presentation at Central Library on June 18 (232 miles roundtrip).

Amount: $41

To: Fedex (Palatine, Ill.)

For: Shipping fees for Hewlett Packard computer equipment requested by Steve Wichman for the police department.

Amount: $5,170

To: Gatso (Beverly, Maine)

For: Payment from 60 days worth of citations collected from the red light cameras ($1,525) and the speed cameras ($3,645), as per the contract.

Amount: $6,124.25

To: Gilason and Hunter

For: Reimbursement for a 2005 Chrysler 300 that was impounded by the police in February and auctioned in May.

Amount: $757.40

To: Hy-Vee

For: Payment for food services at the Hy-Vee Safety Celebration for the Wastewater Reclamation Facility on June 6.

Amount: $297.96

To: Jason’s Deli

For: Purchase and delivery of 28 traditional box meals, each containing a sandwich and a cookie plus bottles of water for the Wastewater Reclamation Facility conference tour on June 5.

Amount: $12,652.47

To: Polk County Community, Family and Youth Services

For: Payment for homeless prevention through the Housing Services Department, as per contractual agreement.

Amount: $296

To: Push Pedal Pull

For: Purchase of a flat, incline bench for Fire Station 4, including $27 in freight fees.

Amount: $4,726.75

To: QPS Employment Group (USA Staffing Inc.)

For: Payment for wages for seven temporary hires at the Wastewater Reclamation Facility, each at $18.50 per hour for one week in May.

Amount: $2,160

To: Robert Half Technology (San Francisco, Calif.)

For: Payment for wages for temporary employee Chris Kaufman in the Information Technology Department at $54 per hour for one week in June.

Amount: $64

To: Starch and University West Pet Clinics

For: Payment for veterinary services for police K9 “Harley” including dental, rabies vaccination and booster shots.

Salaries and Such

Name Chuck Gipp

Title Director

Department Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Years served Appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad on May 31 following the resignation of former director Roger Lande

Annual salary $130,457.60


The Des Moines City Council recently approved Forensic Identification Technician Kevin Risk to travel to Columbia, Mo., from July 29-Aug. 3 to attend training sponsored by Bevel, Gardner & Associates. The course, taught by renowned crime scene re-constructionists, promises to improve Risk’s ability to understand the course of events in violent crimes. This comes with a $1,599 price tag to local tax payers. CV

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