Improvements to both the Market Street bridge and Jefferson Street bridge are planned for 2014 — unfortunately, at the same time. This is an issue that needs to be addressed considering the large number of residents on either side of the Des Moines River who work or want to shop on the other side. If both bridges are closed for weeks at the same time, that only leaves the highway bypass around Cargill Meats Solutions and the Wapello Street Viaduct as venues for crossing the river. Voters should question city planners why the two bridges are planned to be closed at the same time. Couldn't this have been avoided? And is there time to correct that problem?
Another issue concerns the council and the mayor and the time limit accorded residents who want to speak at council meetings. Is that problem solved? Should it be further discussed? What do you think should be the time limit imposed on questions to the city governing board?
It was encouraging to witness the number of voters who participated in the recent Ottumwa school board elections, a number quite higher than those of other recent votes.
We hope the primary and general elections coming up also see a high number of eligible city voters turning out to select their choices from the number of candidates running.
Now is the time to get informed, be informed and be prepared to cast your vote. If you don't do your homework, don't be so quick to judge the council's actions.
We applaud the number of interested citizens who have thrown their hat in the ring. Thank you for volunteering to serve.
Now it is up to us, the voters, to give them their chance. Plan to elect the best person possible to lead our city government.
Your vote does make a difference in Ottumwa. Please exercise your right.
Judy Krieger is a retired Courier editor.