The Ottumwa Courier

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September 13, 2013

Supervisors canvass school board elections

OTTUMWA — In just a matter of minutes with the reading of names and numbers, the election of new school board members in Wapello County were made official.

The Wapello County Board of Supervisors approved the canvass of election results for school board elections in the Ottumwa, Cardinal, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and Indian Hills districts in the county.

In Ottumwa, David Weilbrenner, Michael Burton and Carol Mitchell were the top three vote-getters, receiving 1,255 votes, 914 votes and 719 votes respectively.

In the Cardinal School District, Todd D. Hart (69 votes) and Mike Kayser (73 votes) will join the school board.

In the E-B-F District 1, Mike Mayberry received 18 votes. In District 2, Dan Hulbert received 10 votes. In District 6, Bruce Severson received 34 votes and in District 7, David Friendman received 44 votes.

The Indian Hills District 4 winner was Thomas W. Keck with 250 votes. In District 5, Richard J. Gaumer had 614 votes. Results for additional Indian Hills counties will be canvassed at the Sept. 24 supervisors' meeting.

In other business:

A resolution was approved to remove several mobile homes from taxation and abate the taxes. Supervisor Jerry Parker explained that this is the culmination of a project to remove derelict mobile homes from Hidden Valley Trailer Court.

"The list says, 'Gone, gone, gone, gone ...'" he said. "This is what we wanted to do, and now they're gone."

Several personnel changes were approved, including the hiring of a part-time clerk at the American Gothic House, a new part-time employee for Wapello County Public Health and two part-time employees at WCPH moved to full time.

A resolution was passed to approve a contract with UMR Inc., a subsidiary claims payer, replacing the county's current claims payer, which is going out of business. The coverage and other details of the contract will remain the same, only the company itself will change.

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