The Ottumwa Courier


April 15, 2014

City Council approves sale of properties

OTTUMWA — On Tuesday the Ottumwa City Council met for the last regularly scheduled meeting of April.

Included in the agenda for the evening were several dispositions of city owned property. Structures and land located at 519 W. Fourth St., 723 E. Mary St. and 430 S. Ward St. were all up for approval of sale and included in the public hearing portion of the meeting.

Two of the addresses—723 E. Mary St. and 430 S. Ward St. — contain structures that have been placarded by the city, while the other is a vacant lot. Ottumwa’s Health and Inspections Department Director Jodi Gates was on hand to explain the process and where the properties are going next.

She said the property located at 519 W. Fourth St. is a vacant lot, and the city acquired it on Sept. 30 of last year. The man buying the land, Mike Hill, lives adjacent to it, Gates said, and he offered the minimum price of $250 for the lot.

The property at 723 E. Mary St. contains a placarded house, and Gates said bids for the structure were accepted until April 8. The city received five bids, with the best coming from Elmostafa Ahmen for $4,000.

Lastly, the placarded house that sits at 430 S. Ward St. was approved to be sold to Nancy Rupe for the price of $2,500. According to Gates, the home is in need of significant repair, and the Health and Inspections Department is requiring Rupe to submit a repair plan for the structure.

In other items of business at the meeting, councilmembers voted on the approval of the purchase of playground equipment for Ottumwa Park.

According to Parks Department Director Gene Rathje, there were six bids received for the playground equipment, all totaling exactly $29,000. The Park Advisory Board and guests voted on which of the six structures they want to see built during their meeting on April 8. The winning playground equipment was then brought to the council for approval.

The entire cost of the project is being funded by a $30,000 grant from the Wapello County Foundation, and building will take place in July or August after the Wildwood Park playground construction is completed.

“It’s going to look brand new and colorful when it’s finished, and I think the kids will love it,” Rathje said.

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

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