The Ottumwa Courier


January 7, 2014

Full slate for first 2014 City Council meeting


However, under the C-1 classification, the owners of the lot could put in a business that could bring the same amount of traffic as a car lot would. City Planning and Development Director Nick Klimek read a list to the council of the different businesses that could inhabit the property under its current C-1 classification. If the owner of the property wanted, and if the building met the proper standards, they could put a bar, restaurant, childcare facility, bakery or use it residentially, among several other uses, without needing the city’s approval.

According to Klimek, the owner of the property has worked well with city officials to make the car lot work. The lot has been properly paved and there has been a security light put in the lot, and they have also agreed to limit the lot to six cars at a time and have hours of operation set at 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., so as to avoid the high school traffic.

Councilmembers were split on the vote for the item. In order to pass, it needed a four-to-one yes vote, but it only received a three-to-two yes vote, which meant the recommendation failed.

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