The Ottumwa Courier

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November 3, 2012

Ottumwa police to begin restructuring department

Creation of downtown police officer to follow elimination of parking attendant, retirement of lieutenant

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OTTUMWA — Consolidation of mechanics

The city’s public works department will also seek council approval to consolidate its mechanics and Ottumwa Transit’s mechanics under one department.

Currently, Ottumwa Transit has two mechanics, who will be transferred to public works and will be subject to the Teamsters collective bargaining agreement.

Donald Sanders, the current garage foreman, would become a supervisor of all mechanics and would no longer be subject to the collective bargaining agreement. His foreman position would remain open under the agreement, though the city has no plans to fill that position.

Transit Executive Director Diane Gawronski said her department’s two mechanics will be part of the public works department on paper, though they will remain at the transit facility to continue servicing the vehicles.

“I’m not against it, but it was not our decision. What I heard is that people were talking about this about nine months ago, and it got put on hold,” Gawronski said. “It’s to better observe economies of scale.”

Also on the council’s agenda:

• Approval of an agreement between the city and Calhoun-Burns & Associates, Inc. for engineering for the Market Street Bridge Deck Replacement Project. The city will be using federal-aid funding through the Highway Bridge Program with a cap of $1 million. Preliminary cost of this project is estimated at $3.07 million.

• Approval of the nearly $44,000 purchase of upgraded components for the police department’s in-car digital video recording system. This would complete the second phase of the upgrade.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at City Hall. The meeting will air live on GO-TV, cable channel 6.

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