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October 4, 2013

Council candidate profiles


“I'm not sure if enforcement is the right word. I think some codes are on the books that are too intrusive. … People just need to be conscious of what they're doing and be a good neighbor.”

4. Ottumwa's large parks system is a significant asset, Caviness said, but developing it for future use will require careful thought. He favors expansion at the Beach and the campground in Ottumwa Park, with an eye toward eventually adding a better water and sewer system for the campground.

“Ottumwa, 25 years ago, led the state in developing parks. The cost was significant but it was worth the investment.”

5. While Caviness said streets and sewers are always a top priority, he wants to find out what residents' priorities are rather than pursue personal goals. Opening doors to new business is also important.

“You cannot just close the door on any business that wants to come in. I will not deny any business assistance that wants to come into the community.”


Robert LaPoint

1. LaPoint has served on several city boards and believes that background, along with attendance at most council meetings, prepares him well to serve on the council.

“I have always had a keen interest and passion for city government.”

2. Development efforts downtown are very encouraging, and LaPoint believes the city and county should take a new look at the Dahlonega developments that were discussed about 10 years ago. The completion of the bypass could offer new opportunities for development there.

“There are a lot of wonderful things going on downtown. Downtown has gotten economic life. I think we're at a good position; I think we're at a turning point.”

3. LaPoint favors a review of the city's codes, particularly the new nuisance ordinance. The city's enforcement of maintenance codes for properties depends on complaints from residents or other business owners, which leads to uneven enforcement.

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