The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

December 1, 2012

Deadline for litigation against contractor to be extended

Housing grant could rehab 10 homes on city’s south side

(Continued)

OTTUMWA — CDBG grant could rehabilitate houses

Meanwhile, 10 homes on Ottumwa’s south side could be rehabilitated if the city receives a $380,000 grant.

A public hearing will be held for the 2013 Community Development Block Housing Sustainability Grant application.

The project would involve the rehabilitation of 10 houses on the south side of Ottumwa bounded by Richmond Avenue on the north, Ferry Street and contiguous properties on the east, Chester Avenue and contiguous properties on the south and Kettle Creek on the west, an area that contains more than 200 houses.

City planner Nick Klimek said the city has applied for the grant in the past, with the last program in 2007.

“It’s an owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program,” Klimek said. “It’s in a targeted district and it’s awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.”

The grant would require a local match of $25,000. It’s typically awarded in April, he said, and the contract would be set in May.

“We’re doing something sort of interesting with this project to make the grant application as competitive as possible,” he said. “We’re doing targeted mailing in the proposed district.”

The mailing will request that people who are interested and may qualify for the program “pre-apply.”

“That way when we show this to the state, we can say we have 15 people that are ready to go if we’re awarded,” Klimek said.

The council will also:

• Hold a public hearing for the Hamilton Street Sewer Separation Project, which calls for sewer separation and construction of a new storm sewer system in the 1000 block of Hamilton Street to Finley Avenue. The estimated cost is $160,000, which will be funded through local option sales tax. Construction is slated to start in the spring.

• Approve the Ottumwa Water Works Board of Trustees budget for 2013.

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.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0731 OTT Aviation plane -T -M Flying free OTTUMWA — The financial obstacle may have been removed if your career goal starts with learning to fly. "We have it set up for three terms, about nine months," said pilot and chief flight instructor Darren Graham at Indian Hills Community College. "

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Supervisors discuss pipeline potential KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisors received preliminary, general information on a new pipeline being proposed to carry oil from North Dakota through Iowa, including Van Buren County, then crossing into Illinois. The proposed Bakken Pipeline wou

    July 30, 2014

  • Fairfield stabbing suspects' trials separated FAIRFIELD — The three people accused of dragging a man into a Fairfield apartment before robbing and stabbing him have had a judge grant their requests to separate their trials. Dawn Dunn, Dustin Roll and Brett Hedblade are each charged with willful

    July 30, 2014

  • Local business donates grain rescue tube KEOSAUQUA — Stockport Elevator, owned by Roquette America, donated a grain rescue tube to Birmingham and Stockport Fire Departments. A training session was conducted Monday, led by Dale Ekdahl, a representative of Outstate Data, LLC, the device’s man

    July 30, 2014

  • Where do my taxes go? OTTUMWA — Wapello County Board certified its tax levy. But what does that mean? Based on budgets submitted by various levying authors, the Wapello County Auditor prepares and certifies the levy rates for the county. Budgets for each levy are based on

    July 30, 2014

  • OCSD releases elementary supplies list

    OTTUMWA — For years, parents of the students in Ottumwa's elementary schools have had to check to make sure the school supplies list they grabbed was the right one for their school. No more.

    July 30, 2014

  • Reducing runoff at the local level AGENCY — Pollution isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you look out at a field of Iowa corn or soybeans, but there’s growing concern about what manages to get out of the fields and into the water. The same nutrients that benefit the crops c

    July 30, 2014

  • Supervisors wrestle with staffing woes KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisor Chairman Bob Waugh says he wants county supervisors to help alleviate staffing problems within the county treasurer’s office. In May, supervisors opted not to replace a vacancy within the treasurer’s office. Va

    July 30, 2014

  • 0730 OTT Better Buildings -T -M Wildwood could be your home OTTUMWA — There was always one child per class who just adored school. If they went to Wildwood, they may soon be able to move in permanently. The Ottumwa board of education met Monday, where staff told them where the district stood as far as "facili

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • A changing roster -- for school board OTTUMWA — If the last time you saw your board of education was before Christmastime, the current school board might surprise you. Two members retired from the board: longtime educator Ron Oswalt stepped down, as did board president Carol Mitchell. Bo

    July 29, 2014

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook