Tuesday, August 16, 2022

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Paid for by taxpayers in… Des Moines


Amount: $800

To: The Garden Center

For: Purchase of 100 Karl Forester plants, at $8 a piece, for Fleur Drive.


Amount: $139.21

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To: Hy-Vee

For: Purchase of baked goods and refreshments for the Fire Department open houses and recruit graduation celebrations.


Amount: $379.70

To: Polk County Treasury

For: Purchase of 6,000 Polk County Jail booking information documents for the police department.


Amount: $116.08

To: Sherwin-Williams

For: Purchase of paint for the City Hall remodel, as the city clerk’s office moved.


Amount: $1,548.22

To: Brownells Inc.

For: Purchase of magazine glocks, handgun simulators, assembly mechanisms and other ammunition and gun parts for the police department.


Amount: $260

To: Eurest Services (Chicago, Ill.)

For: Payment for services scrubbing the cement floor and removing the spots on the second floor at the library (eight hours of work at $32.50 per hour).


Amount: $86,080

To: Gatso U.S.A. (Beverly, Mass.)

For: Payment for citations for which the city has collected fees for speed and red light infractions for the month of October, as per contractual agreement. The city paid Gatso $25 for each speeding ticket (2,644) and $27 for each red light that is run (740).


Amount: $4,750

To: G and S Service

For: Payment for towing ($1,490) and storage ($3,260) services for the month of October.


Amount: $12,759

To: Iowa Department of Pubic Safety

For: Payment for monthly terminal billing and line services for the month of October for the police department as per contractual agreement.


Amount: $2,236.92

To: Quality Painting Company

For: Payment for services removing graffiti (44 hours of labor at $43.50 per hour).


Amount: $334.12

To: ABC Pest Control

For: Monthly payment for services removing and exterminating pests such as ants, spiders, roaches, silverfish, rats, mice and bat bugs from city buildings.


Salaries and Such

Name: Bruce Trautman

Title: Public Service Executive

Department: Natural Resources

Years served: Since June, 2012

Annual salary: $122,532



The Des Moines City Council recently approved council member Skip Moore to travel to Sacramento, Calif., from Nov. 13 – 16, to attend the Partners in Forestry Conference. The conference serves as the premier national platform for sharing best practices in partnership development, as well as innovations and models of success in urban forestry programs and projects. The trip comes with a $1,567 price tag to local tax payers. CV

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