The Ottumwa Courier

April 8, 2014

Courthouse to receive facelift

Courier Editor

---- — OTTUMWA — First, Chief Wapello received a facelift. Now, it’s the county courthouse’s turn.

On Tuesday evening, Wapello County Board of Supervisors approved spending $139,000 for repair and maintenance of the historic courthouse.

Karr Tuckpointing of Vinton was the lone bidder on the project. County Auditor Kelly Spurgeon said she had contacted other firms, but Karr was the only one to submit a bid. She also noted that it had been 10 years since the last repairs to the building had been made.

Masonry repair has been Karr Tuckpointing’s main business for 47 years.

In other business, supervisors:

• Acknowledged the Ottumwa Courier’s help in finding county residents who were interested in serving on the county’s local historic preservation board. Supervisor Steve Siegel noted because of the story, 24 residents have expressed an interested in serving on the five-member board and will no long consider withdrawing from the State Historical Society’s Certified Local Government program.

• Approved an hourly wage increase of 57 cents for LuAnn Criswell as a Clerk One in the CPC department. She will now be paid $12.59 an hour.

• Approved an updated 28E agreement with the Southeast Iowa Response Group. Mashaska County has voluntarily withdrawn and will form its on response group.

• Approved a liquor license for Smokin Bones of Agency from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015.