The Ottumwa Courier

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December 4, 2013

Eddyville library board seeks more money

EDDYVILLE — Larry Leatherman, vice president of the Eddyville Public Library Board, requested a $1,000 increase in funding this week from the Eddyville City Council for the upcoming fiscal year.

Leatherman presented the board’s annual report. He noted that increases in employee health insurance premiums and costs of materials as well as well as unexpected building repairs have increased the library’s funding needs.

The library has already reduced facility hours to help reduce costs, which has not been very popular with the public, Leatherman said.

The board is requesting a total contribution of $30,000 by the city. The council will consider this request as they work on the city budget in committee.

In other business, the council held a public hearing and took action on adopting new ordinances. They basically just re-codified existing ordinances, editing wording and spelling as needed. This was requested by the auditor since it had not been done for about eight years.

In another matter, council members approved a grant extension for an additional six months for supplemental Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding. The $4 million grant will go toward generators at storm water pump over structures.

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