Friday, August 12, 2022

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Paid for by taxpayers in… Des Moines


Amount: $855.20

To: General Binding Corporation                 

For: Purchase of 10 rolls of gloss laminating paper for the library.


Amount: $856.64

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To: TMC Auto Body

For: Payment for a settlement claim after a May 3 incident where Police Officer Charles Negrete changed lanes and struck the claimant Charles Maddex’s right front bumper and light assembly at the 1300 block of East Grand Avenue. There will be a claim for a car rental expense later.


Amount: $5,608.36

To: Lounsbury Sand and Gravel

For: Purchase of topsoil and dirt (both priced by the ton) for Public Works.


Amount: $337

To: Midwest Office Technology

For: Payment for monthly maintenance and lease on a black-and-white and color copier for Des Moines Waste Water Treatment.


Amount: $1332.72

To: Pepsi Beverages Company

For: Purchase of 68 cases of Pepsi products (pop, Gatorade and Aquafina) for Grays Lake Overlook Terrace.


Amount: $10,137.97

To: All Makes Office Interior

For: Purchase of 13 Trinity lounging recliners with removable backs and loose seat cushions (priced at $714 each), shipped to the City of Des Moines Fire Department, Station 1.


Amount: $3,475

To: JayPro Sports LLC

For: Purchase of 30 royal blue bleacher pads for the Parks Department.


Amount: $1,500

To: Nite Owl Printing

For: Design and layout of the Police Annual Report (including 20 pages plus front and back covers).


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Name: Alexander Somek

Title: Charles E. Floete Chair in Law and professor

Department: University of Iowa College of Law

Years of service: 10

Annual salary: $196,967.94



The Des Moines City Council recently approved Mayor T.M. Franklin Cownie to travel to Denver, Colo., from June 3 – 7 to attend the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council meeting. Attendees will discuss best practices for the conversion and restoration of local forests in an effort to become more resilient to climate change while improving forest health, creating new jobs, and reconnecting citizens with their natural resources. This came at no cost to local taxpayers.

The city council also recently approved district chief Matt Porter to travel to Baltimore, Md., from June 5 – 10, to attend the IAFC International Hazardous Materials Response Teams conference. The conference promises to provide sessions that will increase knowledge of hazmat response and techniques, which is said to enhance effective operational decision-making at emergency events. This travel expense comes with a $1,360 price tag to Des Moines taxpayers. CV

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