Friday, January 28, 2022

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Paid for by taxpayers in… Des Moines


Amount: $2,228

To: Quality Painting Company

For: Payment for graffiti removal services at various locations — 45.5 hours of labor at $43.50 per hour and $248.75 in materials.


Amount: $428.50


To: Thompson Publishing Group (Tampa, Fla.)

For: Payment for a one-year renewed subscription to Family and Medical Leave Handbook for the City Attorney’s Office, including $29.50 in shipping fees.


Amount: $800

To: Fast Signs

For: Purchase of two signs featuring a tree graphic for Prospect Park.


Amount: $965.13

To: Lounsbury Sand and Gravel

For: Purchase of top soil for the sewer department at $13.25 per ton.


Amount: $75

To: Organized Crime Suppression and Interdiction (Orange, Calif.)

For: Registration fee for Sgt. Dan Blom to take a Leadership and Ethics class in March, which will be hosted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.


Amount: $141.25

To: Polk County Treasurer

For: Cost to have 6,000 Domestic Violence Hotline cards printed by the police station.


Amount: $293,842.82

To: Powerhouse Compression Services (Alberta, Canada)

For: Payment of parts and services to overhaul and rebuild an engine generator at the Wastewater Reclamation Facility as per bid contract.


Amount: $954.22

To: Sherwin-Williams

For: Purchase of paint to use on the soccer complex.


Amount: $4,198.48

To: TMC Auto Body

For: Payment for repair services provided for Sophia Eckert, of Hartford (and whose husband is a Des Moines fire fighter), as per a property damage claim which states public works driver Shannon Hazelton hit Eckert’s vehicle on Aug. 23 while making a lane change rendering Eckert’s vehicle non-drivable.


Amount: $782.37

To: Ferno-Washington (Wilmington, Ohio)

For: Purchase of parts to repair Emergency Management Services cots, including $15.18 in freight fees.


Amount: $1,825.74

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

For: Wage payment for temporary employee Chris Kaufman for the week ending Sept. 7 (33.81 hours at $54 per hour) in the Information Technology department.


Amount: $2,199.50

To: DBA National Band and Tag Company (Newport, Ky.)

For: Purchase of 25,000 animal licensing tags for 2013 ($87.98 per thousand).


Salaries and Such

Name      Benjamin Allen

Title      President

Department    University of Northern Iowa

Years served     6

Annual salary      $339,456




The Des Moines City Council recently approved Mayor T. M. Franklin Cownie to travel to Dubuque from Oct. 2 – 4 to attend the 5th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference. The conference promises to provide education opportunities for leaders and staff on the latest sustainability ideas, plans and best practices in four distinct programming tracks: water; energy and resource management; transportation and mobility; and community knowledge and engagement. The two-day trip comes with a $528 price tag to Des Moines tax payers. CV

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