The Ottumwa Courier


January 6, 2014

First City Council meeting of 2014 set for Tuesday

OTTUMWA — Tuesday will be the first City Council meeting of 2014, and it will be the first for a few new members.

Councilmembers Matt Dalbey and Skip Stevens, as well as Mayor Tom Lazio, will participate in their first City Council meeting since being elected in November.

Topics on the agenda for the meeting include setting public hearings on Jan. 21 for several projects, including the Lagoon Pump Station Improvements Project, the Pennsylvania Avenue Reconstruction Project (Brentwood Drive to Jefferson Street), the Hangar Fire Detection System Replacement Project at the Ottumwa Regional Airport and Contract Three of the 2010 Flood Protection Mitigation Project.

Other recommendations for council members include the approval of the three-year lease with the Ottumwa Saddle Club, awarding the contract for the Market Street Bridge Deck Replacement Project and approving a change order for the Ballingall Fountain Renovation Project.

There are also a few projects that have been completed and are awaiting payment from the city. The Hamilton Street Sewer Separation Project is ready for the City Council to accept the work as final and complete so the final pay request can be approved, and council members will also vote on the approval of the $6,000 contribution to the storm drainage system at Theater Drive. The payment would be made to T.J. Heller for offsetting some of the drainage costs to bring the drainage system from a 10-year to a 100-year flood event. Doing so would mean the storm drainage system at Theater Drive would comply with current storm water drainage standards and encourage the development of the newly constructed Aspen Dental Clinic.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers of City Hall. Before the meeting, there will be a discussion among the council starting at 5 p.m. about the rules and procedures, committees, commissions and boards.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh


Text Only
  • Urbandale comes back to beat Ottumwa Midwest BOONE — Ottumwa Midwest led by seven runs in the fourth inning, but Urbandale National put together a furious comeback to steal the victory, 12-11, on Friday at the 9-10 Year Old Little League State Baseball Tournament. The top of the first saw Ottum

    July 25, 2014

  • Parks Dept. has long list of projects

    OTTUMWA — The Parks and Recreation Department has approved a list of capital improvements for the next two years that includes the installation of handicapped-accessible swings and new park bathrooms.

    July 9, 2014

  • 0710 Farmers Market Color Photo 1 -L -M Fresh food improves community

    OTTUMWA — Every summer across the Midwest, food stands pop up on gravel roads, and farmers markets are filled with a variety of home-grown products. Finding a fresh selection of healthy greens and juicy fruits isn't as hard as you might think. Accord

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0703 OTT Heart boy photo A Heartfelt Miracle OTTUMWA — It’s funny how wishes can change so completely in just a few weeks. But laughter wasn’t the reaction of Jeff and Mary Penrod.The Ottumwa couple’s son, Brandon, was 18 years old when, in February, Mary took him to the Pella clinic to get loo

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0703 OTT River Hills parking lot color photo -L -T River Hills expansion progresses

    OTTUMWA — Expanding River Hills Community Health Center downtown continues to be a priority with the Ottumwa City Council. Earlier this week, the council authorized city staff to survey the property, prepare a draft developers agreement as well as pr

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • Street repair program begins OTTUMWA — If you think roadwork projects in the city of Ottumwa are just about complete, think again. This week, the Ottumwa City Council awarded its preventative maintenance contract for sealing cracks in asphalt and concrete pavement roads througho

    July 2, 2014

  • A new look OTTUMWA — The 300 block of East Main Street in Ottumwa will be getting a facelift. During a public hearing earlier this week, the Ottumwa City Council gave its OK to the plans and specifications to renovate 15 buildings’ storefronts in downtown Ottum

    July 2, 2014

  • City won't tolerate bad behavior

    OTTUMWA — A newly designed policy to establish standards of behavior was presented to Ottumwa City Council on Tuesday night.The new policy’s introduction on Tuesday, demands city staff and elected officials exhibit professional behavior when they int

    July 1, 2014

  • 0702 OTT library grant color photo -T -L -M Ottumwa Public Library updates genealogy room

    OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Public Library is the recipient of a Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund Grant from the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation. The Friends of the Ottumwa Public Library group gave $5,520 to put toward a new microfilm reader. The

    July 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0625 OTT Riverfront Renaissance color photo -L -M Riverfront Renaissance begins mapping out ideas

    OTTUMWA — It was serious work to play with stickers and maps Tuesday evening. Concentration was on more than 70 faces as colored dots found their way up and down several maps of the river flowing through downtown Ottumwa. The Ottumwa Regional Legacy

    June 24, 2014 1 Photo

AP National