A small eastern Iowa town is calling it quits. The dis-incorporation of the tiny Clayton County town, Millville, was approved by the state City Development Board last week; however, Millville city officials voted to start the process of dis-incorporation last year. The town is home to only 21 people and has few operating businesses.
James Hankes has lived in Millville his whole life. He has served as mayor and a city council member for years. He said dis-incorporating the town was the best option for the city.
"It was time, people were moving out of town that were on the council. So many different laws now that you have to go by and a small town can't do all of that," Hankes said.
Hankes said the town did not dis-incorporate because of money. The city's legal and historical documents will be moved to the Clayton County Courthouse. Surplus tax money from the city will be used for street repair and four years of garbage hauling by a private company, with the reminder going to the public library and school in Guttenberg.
The Iowa City Development Board will handle adjudication of any outstanding claims against the city for a period of time before Millville's discontinuance becomes official.
The board will publish two notices in local papers announcing the dis-incorporation. Anyone seeking a claim against the city will have six months from the publication of the second notice to file.