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March 28, 2014

City buying land for airport fence project

OTTUMWA — The City of Ottumwa is currently in the process of constructing a fence surrounding the runway at the Ottumwa Regional Airport, and the process could get easier at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

In order for the project to move forward, according to a consultant’s projections, the city has to purchase .44 acres of land from owners Jim and Sherelyn Hornick.

According to the City Council agenda from the March 18 meeting, the Hornicks currently have an access easement on the land for farming purposes, so the city will have to create a new easement and rescind the old one.

If the council approves the easement, they will then vote yes or no to let the city purchase the .44 acres of land from the Hornicks. The cost is set at $9,600 per acre, bringing the total to $4,224.

Other items on the agenda for the April 1 City Council meeting include three Mayor Proclamations.

As a part of the consent agenda, Mayor Tom Lazio will proclaim April 1, 2014, as National Service Recognition Day; the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month; and the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The council will also be voting to approve the appointment of Richard Ritz as an officer for the Ottumwa Police Department, as well as whether or not to authorize the payment of $7,122.14 for the cost of his Peace Officer Certification Training.

There will be a meeting of the Ottumwa Board of Health before the City Council meeting, and they will be discussing the condemnation of a structure located at 322 Frank St.

As always, the City Council meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall. It can also be viewed in its entirety on GoTV.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh

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