The Ottumwa Courier

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April 11, 2014

City Council to discuss several property sales

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa City Council will meet Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall for its second and final regularly scheduled meeting of April.

Included on the agenda for the evening, among various other items, are several public hearings on the sale of many city-owned properties.

The property located at 519 W. Fourth St. is up for approval for sale to Mike Hill, 723 E. Mary St. is possibly being sold to Elmostafa Ahmen and 430 S. Ward St. is being sold to Nancy Rupe. All of the properties have to be approved for sale by the council.

Likewise, the council will be setting a public hearing date for the intent to dispose of city owned property at both 318 N. Davis St. and 829 Wabash Ave. to the Ottumwa Habitat for Humanity.

Councilmembers will also be discussing the approval of an agreement between the city and Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation for funding for the façade rehabilitation efforts of 16 of the 18 buildings located in the 300 block of East Main Street.

In June of 2013 ORLF promised to give $250,000 toward the projected $1.1 million cost of the total façade improvement project. The rest of the bill is being paid for by a $500,000 grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s downtown master façade improvement program and $125,000 from both the city’s Capital Improvements Program and property owners in the designated block.

Before the start of the Ottumwa City Council meeting, the Ottumwa Board of Health will meet for a public hearing on the condemnation of the structures located at 817 Chester Ave.

As always, the meeting can be seen in its entirety on GoTV.

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

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