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December 1, 2012

Deadline for litigation against contractor to be extended

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

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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.

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