The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

October 4, 2013

Council candidate profiles


“The city has let [the lagoons] go for so long. That should never have been let go. You could have canoeing, kayaking, paddle boats.”

5. Economic development must be the city's top priority, Stevens said. That effort needs a long-term vision, as does revision of the city's code. He'd like to revisit issues in the new nuisance ordinance to clarify them. Without clarity, he said, it's difficult for a citation to stand up in court.

“Probably the top priority would be economic development. We need a vision and we need goals. I think we need to look at our entire code book.”


Matt Dalbey

1. Dalbey is a union steward at John Deere and says he and his family are committed to Ottumwa and the city's future. He sees that future bound up in the city's ability to adapt to the new property tax structure following the state's reforms and having employers that pay a decent wage. They're challenges, he said, but not insurmountable.

“I would like to see an increased focus on making livable wage jobs come to Ottumwa. Whatever this business requires to locate here, we need to take that into consideration. Sometimes the choices are going to be tough.”

2. Incentives would provide a boost for downtown redevelopment, but the city needs to weigh how to offer them. Trust would help as well. When the sewer separation project is finished, Dalbey wants the taxes that paid for it to come off the books as a show of good faith that temporary taxes are not always going to be permanent features.

“That's an essential component. You've got to have those incentives in place.”

3. Improving the city's appearance is a necessary step, Dalbey said. That means getting people to buy in and commit to making it happen. Honest conversations between city leaders and residents are a first step, before tightening any ordinances. But if unkempt or dilapidated properties hurt Ottumwa's chances of growth, that's a concern for everyone.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0724 OTT Tehel mug -T -M Resolution — Techel verdict reached

    DAVENPORT — The father of a slain Wapello County woman said he began to heal as soon as he heard the guilty verdict today. The jury unanimously pronounced Seth Techel, 23, guilty on charges of first-degree murder and non-consensual termination of a h

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police to parents: check kids' online activities BLOOMFIELD — The Bloomfield police chief says the arrests of nine men in connection with sexting a teenage girl underscores the need for parents to keep an eye on their children online. Chief Shawn Armstrong said cases involving one or two people are

    July 24, 2014

  • 0725 OTT birthday rumble -T -M Age 106, still ready to rumble OTTUMWA — With the stories flowing, Celma Birdsall had the ride of her life Thursday. "She shared a lot of memories," said her chauffeur for the day, Dennis Parrish. Birdsall has built up a lot of stories over the 106 years she's been around. After h

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0725 OTT College Connections color photo -T -M IHCC eases transition to college OTTUMWA — When choosing a college that's just right for you, it is important to find one that works its hardest to ensure your success as a student. Indian Hills Community College is doing just that this week with a College Connections Workshop spons

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0724 OTT Tehel mug -T -M Techel found guilty on both counts

    DAVENPORT — Jurors have found Seth Techel guilty in the 2012 murder of his wife, Lisa, and the couple’s unborn child.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Victim advocates: Helping families cope

    DAVENPORT — Family members of a slain Wapello County woman have someone to lean on — literally and figuratively — while they sit through a murder trial for the third time. Seth Techel, 23, is on trial in Scott County, Davenport. He faces charges of fi

    July 24, 2014

  • 0725 OTT Five Things logo -L -T Five things to do in southeast Iowa this weekend OTTUMWA — There's a wide variety of activities to choose from this weekend in southeast Iowa. Get out and explore the countryside, find some new books to curl up with or help raise money for some great causes. The choice is yours — pick one or attend

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0724 OTT Tehel mug -T -M Jury begins deliberations DAVENPORT — The fate of a Wapello County man accused of killing his wife is in the hands of a jury in Scott County, which began deliberations Wednesday and will continue deliberating today.The jury began deliberations about 4 p.m. Wednesday in the ca

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Van Buren says bye-bye to Waste Management KEOSAUQUA — Waste Management has been charging the Van Buren Community School District an average of nearly $1,600 a month to remove waste and recycled materials from the Douds and Keosauqua centers. Now faced with a bidding process, Waste Management

    July 23, 2014

  • Pesticide use is not all bad OTTUMWA — When you pick up a grocery ad, it seems like every other page has a produce item stamped USDA Organic, meaning that those items were spared from chemicals including Glyphosate, the most common pesticide in the world. As the Organic Food Mov

    July 23, 2014

Photo reprints