Flanders touted his support of street improvement, as well as a partnership with Deere and Co. to do infrastructure work that should help ensure that Deere will be a part of the community for a long time to come. But it's those streets citizens have pushed for most, Flanders said, and he has thrown his support into that effort. The city has put $9 million toward those repairs, he said. And that's not going to stop.
When Flanders asked him what some of the most positive changes have been over the past two years, Lazio agreed street repairs really have taken off, but he credited the council as a whole for supporting street funding. But more needs to be done, he added. For one thing, he said, we're playing catch up.
A group recently "shopping Ottumwa," he said, didn't reveal their presence until after they'd left. The challenger said one message the group had for community supporters: The streets are terrible.
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