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August 14, 2013

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He named several other achievements during his first term in the mayor's seat, including more than $9 million in street repairs and construction this fiscal year (more than $6 million of which is coming from state and federal grants). He also said changes to the Ottumwa Water Works and Hydro board of trustees had a positive effect on the completion of Kohl's and John Deere Ottumwa Works' sewer separation project.

"I'm proud of the harmonious relationship forged between business, labor and economic development corporations and the city, evidenced by all participating in the Labor Day festival last year," he said.

Lazio could not be reached as of press time.

Bob Meyers

Meyers is the only one of the three councilmen up for re-election who's planning to run again.

"I've had a lot of citizens ask me to consider running again, so with that kind of support I thought, yeah, I would do it," Meyers said.

He wants to see the next council work hard to function as a team and work with city staff and other community organizations.

"I think overall the effort was pretty good to work as a team, but I don't want to get into the leadership aspect of things," he said.

One criticism surrounding city government is that more of the town's younger population needs to run for elected office.

"Certainly I feel like being retired that I have a bit of an advantage in that I can afford more time than perhaps some of the younger people," he said.

Robert LaPoint

LaPoint said he's been involved with city government for years, including his current service on the Parks advisory board and as chair for the Ottumwa Transit advisory board.

"I just have a desire to get in there and try to better this community," he said. "I think government needs to be more responsive to the citizens."

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