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June 11, 2014

Beach Ottumwa sub-committee established

OTTUMWA — A sub-committee to help guide The Beach Ottumwa was OK’d by the Parks and Recreation board Tuesday night.

The committee is sunset for July 2015, which means it is on a one-year trial period.

"With a 20-year-old building, we've got a lot of routine maintenance that we've got to keep up with but we ought to be looking ahead to what we should be planning for next year, not just repairing stuff this year," said Mayor Tom Lazio while explaining the need for the committee.

Lazio proposed five names for the board to consider as candidates for the new committee. Each of the five were chosen because they frequent The Beach Ottumwa facility. None of Lazio’s recommended candidates were approved by the board for the committee.

Board member Robert LaPoint said, "If we are going to have this committee, then publicize that we are going to have a Beach committee so that people that may have an interest can apply for your consideration." His suggestion was approved by the board. The other stipulation of the committee is there must be a Parks and Recreation Board member on the committee.

During the meeting, board members discussed complaints made by Ottumwa residents about the facility. It is Lazio's hope that the creation of this committee will allow The Beach Ottumwa to successfully move into the future. The committee will be able to give the facility the attention that Ottumwa residents believe it needs in order to begin to generate more revenue.

Lazio pointed out the committee, "Might actually come up with some ideas about increasing revenue, which is something I think we really need to look at, because when looking at other park facilities around the state, they're making money, so why shouldn't we be doing the same thing?"

Although establishing the committee is not something the Parks and Recreation Board or City Council has to approve Lazio explained, "I didn't want to do something that was going to be antagonistic or not well received by the Parks Board."

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