The Ottumwa Courier

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August 10, 2013

Nepotism policy, warning system updates up for discussion

OTTUMWA — The City Council will meet Monday to discuss amendments to its nepotism policy, providing flexibility in the city's ability to hire qualified candidates.

City Attorney Joni Keith recommended expanding the policy to include cohabitating couples and first cousins and to establish a process when two city employees within the same department marry or cohabitate.

The policy will not allow family members to supervise other family members, though.

If this change is approved, the council will vote whether to appoint Steve Lee Jr. to the position of police officer, effective Aug. 24. Lee is the brother-in-law of DARE officer Brandon Gravett.

Fire Chief Tony Miller has suggested replacing three Outdoor Warning System units, noting that the council previously voted to replace three to four units every year.

It will cost nearly $21,000 to update the three units with the most maintenance issues. Parts from the three units will be used to repair other units when maintenance issues arise, Dickinson Company staff told the city.

The council will also look at the $14,000 HVAC System Replacement Project at The Beach Ottumwa.

The city council will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in city council chambers at City Hall. The meeting will air live on GO-TV, cable channel 6.

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