The Ottumwa Courier

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December 19, 2013

Hranicka chairs his last city council meeting


• The council approved a resolution to appoint Heidi Bainbridge as new library board member and Dave Kirchner to the Area XV Multi-Housing board.

• A conveyance from KEDA (outlet 1) to the city was approved. The property is behind the hospital in the Des Moines City Subdivision, and it was given to the city by KEDA.

• The council will send a notice of nuisance to property owners of 607 First St. (the former Mike and Nikki’s building).

• The council received an update from Gary Lee about property on 110 Main St. (the Duckworth building). Lee advised the council that the contractor working on the building at 110 Main has reported he stabilized the building and that the foundation to the building is in good condition. He also advised that he will reevaluate the building in the spring to see if he will continue to renovate the building or will tear it down.

• Jim Chambers, City Superintendent, advised the council that seal coating the alley between Dodge Street and Lucas Street is estimated to cost $1,700.00. No action was taken.

• The council approved updating job descriptions in the policy manual and create a two-tier wage scale with regard to certified and non-certified positions.

• Councilperson Nichols discussed the responsibility of disciplinary action with regard to employees.

• The council voted to send a proposal to sell a 33’ by 149’ parcel adjoining the Owens’ property to Wendy and Jerry Owens.

• Hranicka discussed with the council the proposed FEMA flood maps.

• Kent Rice from French-Reneker-Associates advised the council that there isn’t any emergency CDBG funding available to replace the Badger water meters.

• Hranicka discussed preliminary figures for the FY15 budget.

• Kent Rice reported that Rathbun Regional Water is aware of the sand in the water system and has plans to perform repairs to alleviate the problem.

• Councilperson Peacock presented Hranicka with a Certificate of Service for his 12 plus years of service.

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