The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

March 19, 2014

Keosauqua terminates contract with Waste Management


If the city decides to sell the pool at some point in the future, it agrees to offer it to a qualified tax-exempt organization. If there are no organizations wishing to purchase, then it would be offered by written offer and/or right of first refusal to the Van Buren Recreation Area, Inc., at fair market value.

The Community Foundation of Van Buren County, Iowa, and the Van Buren Foundation, Inc., each have offered, upon submission of appropriate grant application, to make “substantial contributions” to the establishment of a permanent outdoor swimming facility.

Richard Nichols, representing the Van Buren Recreation Area, Inc., presented the council with the proposed community public pool agreement.

The city agreed to consider annually its budgetary ability to contribute toward the maintenance and operation of the pool, but it did not commit to set any amount of annual budgeted sums for operation and maintenance. In the event of non-appropriation, the city has the right to terminate this agreement in whole, not not in part, at the end of any fiscal year of the city.

A separate concession and management agreement between the city and the club shall be prepared and in place prior to the dedication of the completed pool facility. The city and the club agreed to have representatives of the parties, consisting of three representatives of the club and three of the city, including the mayor and two council members who shall meet every two weeks to discuss grant applications, to review progress, delegate duties, outline fund-raising responsibilities and timelines and generally oversee the project.

Text Only
Southeast Iowa
  • Seusical 261.JPG Summer Fun for Families: Seussical the Musical

    Need a Dr. Seuss fix? Or just to get out of the house with a younger child for a few hours? Pella will be staging "Seussical the Musical."

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates

    On the other hand, with a net favorability of -8, Jar Jar is considerably more popular than the U.S. Congress, which currently enjoys a net favorability rating of -65.

    July 25, 2014

  • Taking a look at Iowa's rural bridges and roads

    OSKALOOSA — National statistics indicate that Iowa roads and bridges are in desperate need of repair.According to the Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland report, 22 percent of Iowa’s rural bridges are deficient.Maha

    July 25, 2014

  • 0726 OTT cedar creek Gone in a flash

    BLOOMFIELD — Bob Parker got about as close to lightning as you can Friday morning, and came out of it without injury. A line of thunderstorms started moving through southeast Iowa in the early morning hours. Parker was heading to work at about 7 a.m.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Southeast Iowa's Lake Darling State Park reopens BRIGHTON, Iowa (AP) — Lake Darling State Park has reopened after around six years of restoration work in southeast Iowa's Washington County. The $16 million project began in 2008 and included draining the 300-acre lake and replacing a dam. The park n

    July 25, 2014

  • Honey Creek Resort recognized for recycling MORAVIA — Honey Creek Resort State Park on Rathbun Lake has been selected as having the best government recycling program by the Iowa Recycling Association.“Iowa’s Greenest Resort” received the award July 17 during the Iowa Recycling Association annu

    July 24, 2014

  • Mammoth photo 2 Researchers find mammoth ankle

    OSKALOOSA — Researchers at the mammoth dig site in rural Mahaska County recently found an articulated mammoth ankle — a very interesting find.“It tells us something we never knew before,” said Dave Brenzel of the Indian Creek Nature Center. The mammo

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Van Buren says bye-bye to Waste Management KEOSAUQUA — Waste Management has been charging the Van Buren Community School District an average of nearly $1,600 a month to remove waste and recycled materials from the Douds and Keosauqua centers. Now faced with a bidding process, Waste Management

    July 23, 2014

  • MINE logo.jpg Two arrested on drug charges

    The Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement drug task force executed a search warrant in Knoxville last night. A man and a woman were arrested. 

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Propane suppliers: buy ahead to avoid price spikes DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — State officials and propane suppliers are advising consumers to fill their tanks before cold weather arrives because prices could climb again this winter. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports ( ) prices will

    July 23, 2014

AP National