The Ottumwa Courier

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November 26, 2013

County forgives airport buildings' taxes

OTTUMWA — As an economic development move to help bring more jobs to the community, Wapello County Board of Supervisors forgave all the delinquent taxes on two parcels of property located in the Ottumwa Airport Industrial Park area.

On Tuesday, Ottumwa City Attorney Joni Keith requested supervisors forgive $4,335 in taxes on the two parcels up to the date of the transfer.

CT Development, LLC, is an existing business that wishes to expand its business on the property purchased at 14006 Commissary Drive. Joe Wiley purchased the parcel at 14003 Service Drive. According to Keith, he plans to use the property for a semi-truck and trailer service at the site. Wiley currently employs seven individuals as well as himself and plans to expand his business in the near future.

In addition to the two sold parcels, Keith said the city is diligently working with the Federal Aviation Adminstration (FAA) to sell a third parcel for the development of a museum. The holdup, according to Keith, is the FAA believes the property is worth more than it is assessed.

In other business, the board:

• Approved hiring Gary Reinhard as a full-time Operator II Motor Grader on secondary roads. He will be paid $18.99 per hour for the first 120 days. After that, Reinhard will be paid $19.78 per hour.

• Acknowledged the full-time hiring of Michelle Kirkpatrick as a home health care aid for the Wapello County Public Health Department. She will be paid an hourly rate of $9.50.

• Listened as County Supervisor Steve Siegel spoke about a regional mental health group meeting recently conducted with Appanoose and Davis counties. Siegel said among the issues discussed was program development. He indicated that administrative costs would be divided into thirds; however, program costs will be allocated by population with Wapello County taking on 62 percent of the costs.

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