The Ottumwa Courier


June 17, 2013

Changes coming to council chambers


"One of our goals was streets and sewers," he said. "When we took office, the city was spending $1 million or so a year on streets. This year, with the Market Street Bridge included, that's closer to $10 million. Seeing those kinds of changes, where we've really refocused our funds and put them toward infrastructure and getting streets done, getting grants, it's nice to see those get done."

Meyers plans to run again, and if re-elected, would begin his third term in January.

"I feel like I've learned so much about the various aspects of city government, and I feel like with the things I've learned and the mistakes I've made, to run for a third time would be an opportunity to put all of that to good use," he said.

He said the combination of quality elected officials, city staff and working relationships means the city "can accomplish good things."

"I've been part of councils ... that have hired and put some awfully good people in place and really positive things are happening for the city," he said. "So it would be neat to be part of seeing some of those projects come to completion."

The first time Meyers ran, 13 people ran for three open council spots; the second time he ran, 16 ran for the three open spots.

"The challenge when I run seems to be the number of people who run against you," he said. "In fact, I hope there are a number of good people who do run for council. Then it comes down to the voters."

The filing period for Ottumwa's city election is Aug. 12-29. The primary will be held on Oct. 8, and the general election will be held on Nov. 5.

— To follow reporter Chelsea Davis on Twitter, head to @ChelseaLeeDavis.

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