The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

July 16, 2014

Civil case focuses on Oskaloosa Water Board

OSKALOOSA — Counsel for the Oskaloosa Municipal Water Board and the city of Oskaloosa presented their arguments Tuesday morning in Mahaska County District court in the civil case concerning the removal of Water Board Trustee Errin Keltner.

The Oskaloosa City Council voted to remove Keltner from office in late April. Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt sent Keltner a letter in March informing him that he would be removed from office due to a lack of communication between Keltner and the city council.

Keltner and the Water Department Board are taking civil court action to reverse the city's action.

Keltner's attorney Richard Malm argued in court Tuesday that Keltner is not a city officer.

“The Oskaloosa Municipal Water Department is independent,” he said. “Its trustees are not city officers.”

Malm argued that the mayor overstepped his bounds by removing Keltner.

Amy Beattie, counsel for the city of Oskaloosa in the case, argued that the Water Department Board of Trustees is not 100 percent independent. She said the board administers the Water Department budget and can spend money to hire an attorney for court cases. However, Iowa Code 372 gives the mayor the power to remove a board member, she said.

City counsel Maria Brownlee added that the city owns the Water Department while the department has the power to manage itself.

Judge Joel Yates said that counsel for both sides must submit their arguments and supporting documentation to him by Friday. Yates said he will review the files and render a judgement as soon as possible.

Text Only
Southeast Iowa
  • Stuff the Bus photo United Way stuffs the bus for Operation Backpack

    OSKALOOSA — United Way of Mahaska County staff stuffed a bus with donated school supplies Tuesday morning to benefit needy students around the county.This is the third year for the Stuff the Bus program that the United Way has sponsored.“It’s a schoo

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Red Rock Dam 2.jpg North Tailwater to close Aug. 4

    The North Tailwater area near the Red Rock Dam will be closed to the public beginning Aug. 4 to enable construction of hydroelectric facilities at the Dam. The closure will extend until construction of the project is completed in the spring of 2018.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sunburn isn't the only sign of summer that can leave you itchy and blistered

    You've got a rash. You quickly rule out the usual suspects: You haven't been gardening or hiking or even picnicking, so it's probably not a plant irritant such as poison ivy or wild parsnip; likewise, it's probably not chiggers or ticks carrying Lyme disease; and you haven't been swimming in a pond, which can harbor the parasite that causes swimmer's itch.

    July 31, 2014

  • Centerville man violates sex offender registry

    A Centerville man with multiple felony convictions in Monroe County was recently sentenced in the Appanoose County Courthouse for OWI and sex offender violation.

    July 31, 2014

  • Fairfield stabbing suspects' trials separated FAIRFIELD — The three people accused of dragging a man into a Fairfield apartment before robbing and stabbing him have had a judge grant their requests to separate their trials. Dawn Dunn, Dustin Roll and Brett Hedblade are each charged with willful

    July 30, 2014

  • Brownsworth takes over helm at Van Buren hospital KEOSAUQUA — Ray Brownsworth officially started as Van Buren County Hospital’s new chief executive officer on Monday. Employees were introduced to and visited with their new administrator during a morning coffee session. Brownsworth was previously the

    July 30, 2014

  • streetscape July 29.jpg Paving may begin late next week

    The Third Street project in Knoxville is about three weeks behind, but paving may begin late next week. 

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Supervisors wrestle with staffing woes KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisor Chairman Bob Waugh says he wants county supervisors to help alleviate staffing problems within the county treasurer’s office. In May, supervisors opted not to replace a vacancy within the treasurer’s office. Va

    July 30, 2014

  • Muscatine named Blue Zones community MUSCATINE — Muscatine has been named a certified Blue Zones Community. Certification recognizes Muscatine’s community transformation through successful implementation of the Blue Zones Project. Community leaders, volunteers and organizations througho

    July 30, 2014

  • Former Centerville teacher drowns in Creston

    A long-time Centerville Community School District teacher and coach has been identified as the man dive teams recovered from a southeast Iowa lake on Tuesday morning.

    July 30, 2014

AP National