The Ottumwa Courier

September 13, 2013

Supervisors canvass school board elections

Courier staff writer

---- — 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.

The board authorized a letter of agreement with National Career Readiness Certificate to be used for documenting potential county employees and their essential work-related skills.

"This letter says we'd refer those applying for a job with the county to go through this process to know they're adequately prepared for the job," Supervisor Greg Kenning said.

Approval was also given to enter a contract with the City of Ottumwa for building inspection services. The county's inspector has left the position, and the contract will provide the city's inspector for the interim. The Ottumwa City Council will discuss the issue at its meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The next supervisors' meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the boardroom/courtroom of the Wapello County Courthouse. During the meeting, two public hearings will be held, one for a Fiscal Year 2013-14 budget amendment and one for the request of a loan to purchase three vehicles for the Wapello County Sheriff's Office.