The Ottumwa Courier


June 17, 2013

Changes coming to council chambers


But both Morgan and Weller plan to sit out this election in order to spend more time with their families and focus on new careers.

"I'm just not prepared to do it for another four years," Morgan said. "As of right now, I'm just kind of ready for a break."

But he did take out papers to run for mayor recently after he said several people approached him about taking the plunge.

Morgan will be finishing his first term on the council, four years he said he's proud of.

But before his term ends, he would like to see a new firetruck purchased for the Ottumwa Fire Department, as well as "everything with Market Street Bridge hammered out."

"We've really done a lot in the last four years, and I'm happy with the way I'm leaving it," he said. "We've put more money into street projects than I believe at any other time in the history of Ottumwa. We've kept sewer rates down ... they went up 12 percent instead of the 50 percent they could have."

Weller said a new job with McCune and Reed Insurance and wanting to spend more time with his wife and son led to his decision to not run.

"I don't want to be tied down — all the meetings, the phone calls, the researching of agenda items and so forth," he said. "It takes time. But I've enjoyed it; I don't regret it at all. I've seen a lot of projects go through and I'd obviously love to stick around and see some more ... but maybe one day down the road as I get a little bit older, maybe I'll do it again."

Weller said the council will leave the city better than it was four years ago.

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