The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

November 12, 2013

Rock Bluff Road changes a concern

OTTUMWA — The public hearing for the Rock Bluff Road grading and paving project Tuesday answered a few questions the public had, but it also left many aspects open for the moment.

Several land owners affected by the road project attended the Wapello County Supervisors' meeting to give comments and have their questions answered about how they'll be affect by the plans. County Engineer Brian Moore explained that this is very similar to the plan made a year ago, but several adjustments have been made in the meantime.

The county is working to get environmental clearances for the land along the proposed road, which has included an archeological study. The Phase 1 study found "artifacts," Moore said, and the Phase 2 study found even more.

"It's a significant artifact area that is protected. The state historical society deems it significant, so we're looking at the options," Moore said.

Those options include a Phase 3 study, which would be a full-blown removal of the artifacts in the area, or completely staying away from the area altogether. Right now, Moore explained the county is still working toward getting the environmental clearances, then they can look at individual properties to decide what land will be taken from which areas for the road.

Bruce Severson and many other neighbors in attendance said they were most concerned about not receiving information as it became available. He said there is a lot at stake property-wise if the right of ways carve out too much of the land owners' properties.

"It's not our intention to take more than we need," Supervisor Steve Siegel said.

Moore said there isn't much that can be done right now with the combination of the archeological site and the Indiana bat habitations along the area.

"Because of the environmental work, we can't do much more right now," Moore said. "We haven't gotten that far along yet. I'm limited to what I can say."

Text Only
Local News
  • A change at Evans OTTUMWA — You can get kids to memorize facts. But teaching them to think can take more time. Educational leaders told the Ottumwa school board that the school year that begins 2014 will shift Evans Middle School students from 45-minute periods to 60-

    April 17, 2014

  • 0418 OTT Tree City U.S.A. logo Ottumwa awarded as Tree City U.S.A. again OTTUMWA — Having big, beautiful trees throughout a community can help spruce up a city and make it more attractive to visitors. Ottumwa has shown a dedication to making the community more green and inviting, and the efforts have been recognized by th

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0418 OTT Agriculture Day color photo 2 -T -L -M Cardinal students celebrate Ag Day ELDON — Sometimes the best way to learn is to get out of the classroom and come face-to-face with things that you might not see every day. Students at Cardinal Elementary School got that chance Thursday during Ag Day. Every year, the Cardinal FFA and

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0418 OTT Five Things logo -T -L -M Five things to do in southeast Iowa this weekend OTTUMWA — It's a weekend of Easter celebrations, historic events and educational opportunities in southeast Iowa. Many people are gathered together this weekend, and the surrounding communities have scheduled events perfect for the whole family. 1. S

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0418 OTT Joe Tafta bw photo -L -T -M Pursuing opportunities OTTUMWA — Joe Tafta follows the rules. The Simpson College junior hopes to be a U.S. marshal one day, so he’s careful about what he says and does. But not always. On the afternoon of April 1, Tafta says, he nearly got booted out of Dunn Library for m

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0418 OTT OEDC director -T Guiding our growth OTTUMWA — An organization designed to help Ottumwa grow has found a new employee in Indiana. The Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) board has chosen Sharon Stroh as the group's new executive director. “We are confident she will hit the g

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0417 OTT Earth day color photo 1 -T -M Cargill celebrates Earth Day by educating ALBIA — In honor of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, employees from Cargill Eddyville and Cargill Pork are visiting with students at Grant Elementary and Lincoln Center in Albia all this week. On Wednesday the Courier caught up with them as they went

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • 0417 OTT Saving Center color photo -T -L -M Hedrick building has friends HEDRICK — The community wants a civic center, and they've been willing to work for it. "I'd say we have 15 to 25 volunteers each time," Tommy Smith of Hedrick said. "These are all good people." Smith was volunteering his services at the Easter Brunch

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Southern Iowa farmers preparing for planting OTTUMWA — Even though the winter seemed to linger like Iowa was going through an ice age and cold and wet weather has highlighted the early spring, farmers are starting to get out to their fields to put down fertilizer and get fields ready for planti

    April 16, 2014

  • 0417 OTT Camp Wapello fence photo -T -M -L Good fence irritates good neighbor DRAKESVILLE — For 82 years, Camp Wapello’s iconic entryway has welcomed people to peacefully coexist with nature. Now there’s a 400-foot barbed wire fence down the middle of the road. In February, Davis County Supervisors approved vacating of portion

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Photo reprints