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May 21, 2013

Flood debris removal up for consideration

OTTUMWA — A month after heavy rainfall caused rivers and streams to flood Ottumwa streets and homes, the city council will solidify a plan to remove the debris left behind.

At the council's meeting tonight, members will consider awarding the $12,500 contract for flood debris removal to Garrison Mowing and Tilling. Debris needs to be removed on both sides of the levees along the Des Moines River within city limits, as well as both sides of the Joe Griffin Levee on the south side of the city.

The council will also discuss plans for the hot mix asphalt (HMA) and Portland concrete cement (PCC) Street Crack Repair Program for this year.

The annual preventative maintenance programs consists of sealing cracks in both HMA and PCC pavement. The process is critical in extending the useful life of existing HMA mats, according to the city's engineering department.

Each year, $50,000 is budgeted for the project from the Expanded Street Repair Program. Forty-one streets are scheduled to see HMA repairs, as well as several cracks on the trail system, for which the Wapello County Trails Council donated $2,000 to the city. There are also 24 streets scheduled for PCC repairs.

The council will also consider:

— The appointment of Tom McAndrew to police chief, effective immediately. The council voted 3-2 on May 10 to offer the job to McAndrew after interviewing three candidates.

— The contracts for three construction projects: the East Maple Street Reconstruction Project, Eleaner Drive Reconstruction Project and Dubuque Street culvert replacement.

— The third reading and final approval of a zoning ordinance change at the Ottumwa Veterinary Clinic.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in council chambers at City Hall. The meeting will air live on GO-TV, cable channel 6.

To follow reporter Chelsea Davis on Twitter, head to @ChelseaLeeDavis.

— Chelsea Davis, staff writer

 

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