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Ottumwa

October 4, 2013

Council candidate profiles

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“I am aware of a lot of things that are being done for economic development. It [the chamber Ambassadors] gives me the opportunity to thank businesses, corporations, individuals for their investment in Ottumwa.”

3. The city's codes on property maintenance have to be addressed carefully, Meyers said. While templates from other areas can help, the council needs to make sure they fit the specific needs of Ottumwa. But the code doesn't mean much if the city won't support the people enforcing it, and he thinks the recent revisions to the nuisance code are a start.

“Unless the city is willing to back up what we have on paper it puts [inspectors] in an awkward position. I do think that, by enacting what we did, we've given them some teeth.”

4. Meyers is willing to look at a new review of the parks, but he also points to the city's assessment from just a few years ago. He said that gives the city a workable plan and ways to measure progress that didn't exist earlier. He's aware that many prefer Ottumwa Park be kept with more open space, in part because of the non-profit groups who use it.

“We are working from that master plan. We should be getting a written report (update) shortly. For all the people I see in this town who volunteer, how can we do all this without them? This town has to be so proud of the people who step up.”

5. Meyers sees several things the city needs to make sure of in the coming years. While he's proud of the work the council does, he believes the city can work better if people remember how the system is supposed to work. That means the council generally works through the city administrator, rather than trying to manage individual departments.

“It's one thing to say you wish we had a commission, but that's not what we have. The top priority is still continuing to work for all Ottumwa citizens.”

 

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