The Ottumwa Courier

June 18, 2014

Sprucing up the town

Courier Editor

---- — OTTUMWA — If you don’t want to keep your property clean within Ottumwa’s city limits, beware of the consequences. You will be fined.

On Tuesday night, the Ottumwa City Council approved abating nuisances on 12 parcels of property. City property owners will be billed. If the unpaid bills are not paid, they will be assessed to the property owners’ taxes. The nuisance assessment costs for the 12 properties were $3,593.

In addition to holding property owners accountable for nuisance violations, the city also disposed of city-owned property on Tuesday night.

Property at 702 E. Williams St. was sold to Central Iowa Ventures for $2,651. The property will be transferred by a quit claim deed. The buyer also will pay the cost of conveyance, including $3,400 in back property taxes.

KBC Investments, LLC submitted the highest bid on a home located at 621 Lamborn St. for $2,200. In addition, they will pay $1,810 in back property taxes.

Finally, bids for the Lamborn Street sewer improvement project will be received by the city until 2 p.m. July 9. A bid report and award recommendation will be presented at the City Council on July 15. The project includes the separation of the combined sanitary and storm sewer system to the Lamborn Street sewer.