The Ottumwa Courier

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November 7, 2013

Ghoul Gallup brings in twice the proceeds

EDDYVILLE — The Eddyville City Council this week learned that Cargill’s recent Ghoul Gallup 5K will benefit City Park renovations with an approximate $4,209 donation.

Councilman Doug Greenlee said that is about double what came in last year.

“That went real well. We had good help from the fire department keeping the roads blocked. The CC club was there helping with refreshments,” he said. “Participants really liked improvements to the park; they thought it was a positive."

Those improvements will slow down over the winter, but plans for the spring include seeding new areas, installing grills, work on the performance stage and sidewalks.

In other business, the council will continue efforts to clean up the city by starting the process to sell a recently obtained condemned property at 203 Walnut. The council will hold a public hearing on the matter Dec. 2.

The council listened to a complaint about the absence of a guardrail along a curve on Merino Avenue. A recent roll-over accident and semi tires hitting a home in the area have raised some concern.

“I’m sure the (Iowa Department of Transportation) put up all that they thought was necessary there," Councilman Dwight Lobberecht said.

He suggested the city contact the DOT to see why they didn’t see a need for a guardrail at that location. However, at this point, he noted it would most likely fall on the city to make any needed improvements, if any are deemed necessary.

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