"We really don't have any big problems on Memorial Day," he said. "We don't call in any extra people. Everyone is out doing their family thing. We just want everyone to have fun but use good judgment. We want people to be safe."
AAA reports slightly fewer Americans will travel from home over the weekend, though the majority of those who do will travel by car.
And as expected, gas prices are anticipated to increase over the weekend, averaging $3.65 per gallon nationwide, according to AAA. Locally, gas hit $3.97 per gallon at stations around Ottumwa on Thursday.
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Memorial Day closures: -- City of Ottumwa departments and offices at City Hall will be closed Monday. -- Ottumwa Public Library will be closed Monday. -- Ottumwa Transit Authority buses will not operate Monday. -- Ottumwa Water and Hydro Offices will be closed Monday. -- The Ottumwa/Wapello Landfill and Recycling Center will be closed Monday. Both facilities will be open regular hours, 7 a.m.-noon on Saturday. -- City residential trash collection routes normally collected on Monday will be postponed until Tuesday. -- South-side yard waste and bulky item pick-up day (normally Tuesdays) will be moved to Thursday. North- and south-side yard waste and bulkys will both be on Thursday next week only. -- The Ottumwa, Calvary and Jewish Cemetery office at 1302 N. Court St. will be closed through the weekend and on Monday. A "help center" tent will be open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday on cemetery grounds to assist cemetery visitors. -- The Beach Ottumwa will open for the holiday weekend at noon Saturday. The Beach will be open noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, weather permitting. Admission is $5. -- Wapello County offices will be closed Monday.