The Ottumwa Courier

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March 17, 2012

Ottumwa Police Department getting new equipment, cars

Transit to request annual funding from IDOT

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Police Department hopes to purchase two new cars and an investigations device.

The department is interested in purchasing a handheld, cellular exploitation device which can retrieve all data, including deleted data, from cell phones, PDAs and GPS devices for investigative purposes.

The Cellebrite UFED System would cost approximately $12,000 and would be paid for through funds from the 2011 JAG grant.

The device would be helpful in harassment and child pornography cases, where evidence can often be found on cell phones. An investigator would be able to retrieve deleted data such as text messages, videos, photos and call history.

Several other state agencies use this device in their investigations.

It’s also time to retire two of the Ottumwa Police Department’s vehicles.

The council will look at the purchase of two new 2013 Ford police cars from Stivers Ford, of Waukee, for $49,772, which is already in the budget.

One of the vehicles will be reassigned to the city’s Planning and Zoning Department, while the other will go to auction as it needs approximately $2,000 in repairs.

Normally the city buys Ford Crown Victorias for its police cars, but this model was discontinued last year. The new Ford model — the Ford Police Interceptor — is basically a Taurus in a police package, said Ottumwa Police Chief Jim Clark. They will be all-wheel drive and have V6 engines. Clark said the vehicles will get better gas mileage and have better traction in winter weather.

The council will also review the 2013 consolidated grant application Ottumwa Transit Authority will use to apply for its annual federal funding request from the Iowa Department of Transportation.

“They have a formula and part of it is ridership numbers,” said OTA Interim Director Mark Hagist. “Part of the grant application is federal and part is state funding. They pretty much tell us what’s there and how much to apply for.”

Also on the agenda:

• Approval of a $44,000 loan from the general fund to the Wildwood Drive/U.S. Highway 34 urban renewal area for the first of two interest payments for the Kohl’s development. The loan will be paid back to the general fund over a 10-year period.

• Pipe work at the Finley Avenue pump station; repairs at the Cedar Creek Golf Course; public hearing for the Marilyn Road Reconstruction Project.

• Repair of a hangar floor drain and exterior concrete apron at the Ottumwa Regional Airport; public hearing for the inflow and infiltration removal project at the airport.

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

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