The Ottumwa Courier


October 4, 2013

Council candidate profiles


2. Gordy sees opportunities downtown, if the city can position itself to take advantage of them. That means cleaning up the district and working to offer incentives for business development. The combination of a vibrant district with a resurgent airport could become self-sustaining.

“Downtown is a great example of opportunity. I see opportunities for downtown to really come into its own. I would like to see downtown turn into specialty shops, little mom and pop shops.”

3. Gordy is not a big fan of the city's revised nuisance ordinance. He believes it nitpicks on people's yards but fails to address what people passing through town, including prospective businesses, see. Efforts like those aimed at renovating the theater or homes in town are set back when they are adjacent to sites that have been all but abandoned.

“There's no enforcement on that. It looks like garbage. “I truly think we need to actively pursue warnings [for negligent property owners]. When you're talking about the face of our town, that's it there.”

4. Gordy sees Ottumwa's parks as one of the major resources for the community and a good example of the potential the city has as an outdoor destination for people. He wants to see the lagoons in Ottumwa Park properly maintained and believes they have been allowed to deteriorate over the years. He would support efforts to bring in a consultant to look at how the parks can be developed.

“If there is a charitable organization in town that is wanting to donate that, I'm all for it.

5. Taxes and jobs are Gordy's top priority if elected. He said the two tie into each other much more deeply than most people realize. Tax policy helps determine whether businesses will come to town and determines revenues in more ways than just the money current businesses generate.

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