The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

July 17, 2014

Community involvement helps Ottumwa shine

OTTUMWA — Citizen involvement is helping educate the community about Make Ottumwa Shine projects.

Planning and Development Director Jodi Gates updated Ottumwa City Council members Tuesday night on two committees that are helping educate the community as well as deal with nuisance issues.

The education committee, she said, is hoping to get an education piece together to place in the city’s water bills as well on the city’s website and Facebook pages, as well as having a booth at Ottumwa’s Home Show in the Spring.

The nuisance committee is focusing on reviewing the city’s code. One of the items they are proposing is lowering the grass height from 12 inches to 8 inches and prohibiting vehicles from parking on the grass in the front of the yard. It’s their intent to have draft ordinance suggesting changes to come before a City Council work session.

Besides hearing about citizen involvement, the council also OK’d all items on the City Council’s consent agenda despite J.R. Richards casting a dissenting vote.

After the meeting, Richards explained why he voted against the consent agenda. “I feel we shouldn’t just automatically reappoint people to boards and commissions. We should open it up to other citizens who might want to apply before reappointing someone automatically,” he said of the mayor’s reappointment of Pete Rich to the Water Works Board of Trustees for a term to expire on July 22, 2020.

In other business, council:

n Approved the appointment of Karen Whitte as a full-time transit driver.

n Approved beer and/or liquor licenses for Champion Bowl and the Recovery Room, pending final inspections.

n Approved plans and specifications for the Iowa Avenue reconstruction project between Highway 34 to Main Street.

n Approved plans and specifications for the 2014 South Loop Trail improvement project.

n Authorized the transfer of $300,000 from the local options sales tax fund to street projects fund for the Quincy Avenue reconstruction project.

n Authorized the transfer of $287,000 from the Local Option Sales Tax fund to the Street Projects fund for the West Main Street reconstruction project.



Text Only
Local News
  • 0723 OTT Riverfront color photo -L -M Ideas flow at Riverfront Renaissance workshop OTTUMWA — Ideas flowed as freely as the river itself Tuesday evening as more than 100 Ottumwans shared their vision of what the riverfront can be.The Riverfront Renaissance design charrette, sponsored by the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, drew p

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kids … not cash OTTUMWA — From a project that started with nothing, supporters created a top-notch education facility for at-risk youth. Someone in on the project from the beginning shared the story. Wapello County Supervisor Jerry Parker addressed a community advis

    July 22, 2014

  • Staying healthy during extreme heat OTTUMWA — After unusually cool temperatures last week, it may have been easy to forget how the heat of summer feels, but an incoming heat wave will quickly remind you. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, heat is the No.

    July 22, 2014

  • Shooting ruled homicide OTTUMWA — The death of a man shot in Wapello County has been ruled a homicide. The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office on Monday received a 911 call of a shooting 4 miles southwest of Ottumwa. Deputies discovered Clinton Gus Leedom, 49, of Bloomfield, to

    July 22, 2014

  • 0723 OTT flood file photo Over $1 million to fight floods EDDYVILLE — It's not the way a town wants to get $1 million, but the damage suffered by Eddyville in recent floods has prompted the federal government to cut a check. Actually, it's Area 15 Regional Planning Commission, a community assistance agency

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Driver's license services temporarily suspended KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Treasurer’s Office has notified the Iowa Department of Transportation that it has suspended driver’s license services due to staffing issues in the county treasurer’s office. It is anticipated suspension of the services

    July 22, 2014

  • 0723 OTT Canoe Camp color photo -L -M -T Canoe Camp teaches water safety OTTUMWA — Six children at Pioneer Nature Area and Nature Center pond were making waves and getting wet as they flipped their canoes over in attempt to rescue each other. Since summertime and water activities go hand-in-hand, the goal of the activity

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0723 OTT Seth Techel mugshot -T Techel jury may begin deliberations Wednesday DAVENPORT — The jury in the third trial of a Wapello County man accused of murdering his wife may begin deliberations as early as Wednesday in Scott County, Davenport. The jury was excused mid-afternoon Tuesday while Judge Daniel Wilson, who continue

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Three appointed to Board of Adjustment OTTUMWA — Three new faces will appear on Wapello County Board of Adjustment, thanks to help from the county’s newspaper of record, the Ottumwa Courier. Four applicants applied for the positions and three were selected. New members include Marcia Week

    July 22, 2014

  • Slain woman's boyfriend: I didn't kill her DAVENPORT — A married man who had an affair with a slain Wapello County woman testified this morning that he did not kill her. Jason Tinnes, a jailer who worked with the late Lisa Caldwell Techel, said their affair ended shortly before she died. Tinn

    July 22, 2014

Photo reprints