The Ottumwa Courier

December 17, 2013

New Councilmembers, Mayor sworn in

By JOSH VARDAMAN
Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — It was a special night Tuesday at the regular meeting of City Council in City Hall’s Council Chambers.

Before the items on the agenda could be delved into, the recently voted-in members of the next City Council, Bob Meyers, Matt Dalbey and Skip Stevens, and the next Ottumwa mayor, Tom Lazio, were sworn into office by Judge Kirk Daily, Iowa District 8 judge. The newly sworn in councilmembers and mayor will start their terms once the calendar changes to 2014.

After the new members were sworn in, the regular meeting, which will be the last regular meeting for the current council and Mayor Frank Flanders, started.

Items on the agenda included the approval of a site plan amendment to the Quincy Place Mall. With the approval from City Council, the mall has the city’s approval to make a 15,000-square-foot addition to the western portion of the building.

According to City Planning and Development Director Nick Klimek, the addition will allow the mall to attract new businesses in the future.

Other items that were approved by City Council included awarding the contract for the Second Street Manhole Installation and Utility Access Adjustments projects to D.C. Construction, of Douds. The costs for the projects are $11,090 for the Second Street Manhole Installation project, and $7,650 for the Utility Access Adjustments project.

City Council also approved the payments for many of the city’s street projects that have been completed. The 2013 Asphalt Street Repair Program, Tindell Street Sanitary Sewer Project and Phase V, Division 1 of the South Ottumwa Sewer Separation Project were all approved for final pay request.

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