The Ottumwa Courier

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March 19, 2014

Property sold, part-time librarians OK'd

OTTUMWA — Two vacant city lots were sold for $1,000 Tuesday night during Ottumwa City Council meeting.

The lots were acquired by the city through a tax certificate process in November 2012.

Legally described as Lots 9 an 10 in the A.L. Graves edition, the lots are located at 1701 W. Main St. Steven Shedenheim offered to pay the city $500 per lot.

The city, in turn, will transfer the property by quit claim deed, with no abstract and Shedenheim will pay all the costs associated with the conveyance of the property, including the property taxes owed.

In the council’s notes, Shedenheim indicated he plans to use the two lots to plant a garden.

Besides selling city-owned property, the council also gave its seal of approval for the creation of two 20-hour part-time positions at the Ottumwa Public Library.

Sonja Ferrell, library director, said the creation of the job will help to create a more flexible schedule for its staff by hiring a part-time librarian. The library’s current reference librarian is retiring at the end of the month and a current part-time employee (28 hours per week) will be hired to fill that position. Ferrell said instead of filling the 28-hour part-time position, the library board voted to hire two 20-hour per week librarians.

The change, she said, will give the staff more flexibility in scheduling and help with staffing the library on Saturdays. The new hirings also would allow the director to devote more time to scheduling and implementing programing to bring more people into the building. Ferrell also indicated for the two openings, more than 40 individuals applied.

In other business, the council:

• Tabled until its April 1 meeting a report concerning the city’s goals.

• Approved the budget for the Wapello County for the County/City Law Enforcement Center.

• Adopted the city’s zoning map in GIS format.

• Endorsed the National Career Readiness certification for the city.

• Set public hearings for the disposal of city-owned property on 230 S. Foster Ave., 430 S. Ward St. and 723 E. Mary St.

• Approved liquor licenses for Las Palmas Night Club, Brickhouse Grill, Snobby’s Night Club, Roe’s Restaurant and bar with outdoor service area, Casey’s General Store #1886 and Hy-Vee Drug Store.

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