The Ottumwa Courier

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December 3, 2013

Budget hearing again quiet

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Mike Heffernan, the Manager of Ottumwa Water Works, said the water rates for the city will increase by six and a half percent for next year, and could go up or down in the future. They will look at the rates each year and judge where they should be based on the projects taking place.

The reasoning behind the raise is the different programs in place, such as the ultraviolet treatment program that costs approximately two million dollars. There was a bad sample taken some years ago, Heffernan said, and because of that they have to continue to take a certain amount of samples to reach EPA standards.

Currently, they are working to replace the water meters throughout the city and are approximately 65 percent of the way done. Heffernan said they should all be replaced by late next year.

Some of the other items discussed were the disposing of city owned property located at 1228 Monroe Ave. The $6,500 bid by Mark Jansen was the one that was accepted for the property.

There was also a contract awarded to The Driller, LLC, of Pleasant Hill, for the Airport Force Main Replacement Project. The bid was placed at approximately $156,000, and was the best of the six that were received.

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