The Ottumwa Courier


October 4, 2013

Council candidate profiles


“There's got to be a way to have people have yards with visual appeal. If we can sell it on a level that's honest … have that conversation, then go back and have that ordinance. If that's keeping [businesses] from coming here, that's something we have to address.”

4. Dalbey supports taking a good look at development options for the city's parks, but believes those development efforts can't be allowed to place the city in a position where it can't afford to maintain them. The Legacy proposal for a consultant is something he's willing to listen to, though he wants better information before signing off on any plans. He favors development toward the middle of Ottumwa, with outlying parks left to the neighborhoods for use.

“That's something we have to look at. We have to be able to sustain any of the developments. If Legacy is going to fund [a consultant], I don't see why it couldn't at least be looked at.”

5. Dalbey's top priority goes back to development. The city needs to do a better job of selling itself in terms of appearances, business options and incentives.

“That's what we need for our city. That's my top priority. What kind of community do we want? That's the question.”


Bob Meyers

1. Meyers likes what he sees happening in Ottumwa and said his experiences over the past eight years on the council make him more optimistic about the future. A former teacher, he has served two terms on the council.

“I'm fortunate to be part of a team that's moving forward. It's exciting to see good things happening.”

2. Meyers said his position as a member of the council gives him a slightly different view of development. There are times the city is approached about companies before they are ready to unveil plans for the public, and Meyers said both what comes to town and what doesn't helps him understand what the city needs to do better. He said his associate membership with the chamber of commerce also helps.

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