Tuesday, August 9, 2022

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Paid for by taxpayers in… Des Moines


Amount: $190

To: Medtech Forensics Inc. in Florida

For: Purchase of blood test kits and evidence-collection swabs for the Des Moines Police Department.


Amount: $975

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To: Blur MediaWorks Inc.

For: Cost of coordinating, scripting, filming and editing a marketing video for Des Moines Parks and Rec.


Amount: $20,000

To: The Principal Charity Classic                 

For: Cost of public relations and marketing services.


Amount: $1,395.81

To: The Conley Group Inc.

For: Payment for patrol security services for Wastewater Reclamation Facility for the month of June.


Amount: $1,024.49

To: Pleasant Hill Hy-Vee

For: Purchase of steaks, steak sauce and Lawry’s seasoned salt.


Amount: $1,368.81

To: Parks and Recreation Department

For: Reimbursement for STARS teenage leadership program’s field trip to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Mo.


Amount: $12,898.92

To: Edwards Graphic Arts

For: Postage costs for approximately 80,000 summer newsletters.


Amount: $10,117.98 and $1,465.45

To: Bob Brown Collision and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, respectively

For: Settlement payment for a property damage and bodily injury claim submitted by Susan Lucas as a result of an accident with Police Officer Eric Moorman.


Amount: $8,672

To: REW Services Corporation

For: Payment for services removing asbestos and mastic from floor tiles in the Great Hall area of City Hall.


Amount: $1,910

To: Commonwealth Electric Company

For: Cost of furnishing and installing a light fixture at Altoona Waste Water Reclamation.


Amount: $4,500

To: Aneesah Shabazz

For: Settlement payment after a claimant was having an asthma attack and was transported to the hospital in a city ambulance. As she was being removed from the emergency vehicle, the gurney was “dumped,” according to reports, and she landed on her face. Original claim was $25,000 but was settled to $4,500.


Amount: $2,537.50

To: Brad Earp and Colton Smith

For: Payment for athletic training services for youth soccer on June 22 – 26.


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Name: Gerald B. Wetlaufer

Title: Professor of Law

Department: University of Iowa College of Law

Years of service: Since 1985

Annual salary: $140,897.04



The Des Moines City Council recently approved Mayor T.M. Franklin Cownie, to travel to Oak Park, Ill, from Aug. 14-17, to attend the 2013 Mayors Innovation Project Summer meeting. The meeting is said to allow for peer-to-peer exchange between mayors on common problems and solutions, while also providing sound strategy and effective tools to address the city’s issues in an innovative and inclusive way. This travel expense comes with a $1,065.12 price tag to local taxpayers. CV

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