The Ottumwa Courier

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May 21, 2013

Veterinary clinic rezoned to commercial

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Neighbor Kevin Saylor asked the clinic’s partners to look the council and public in the eye and “say what you prefer to do” with the property in regards to expansion and possible acquisition of adjacent property.

“The unspoken problem is he won’t commit to staying on that location,” Saylor said.

Dr. Todd Williams, junior partner at the clinic, said the clinic’s “wish and desire is to remain” on North Court Street.

“Everyone in our practice would like to stay where we are today,” Williams said. “But we have to evaluate: is there enough land in our location? There are six vets on that site, and already three of us are at another location. That alone tells us that site is not enough.”

Councilman Brian Morgan noted that as long as a C-1 business doesn’t change the property’s footprint, provides adequate off-street parking and shows that there is a need in the community for his or her business, he or she could move a C-1 business onto the property as it stood as a residential district.

“It’s going to be extremely tough for you folks to keep something out of there that you don’t want,” said Councilman Mitch Niner.

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

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