OTTUMWA — A newly designed policy to establish standards of behavior was presented to Ottumwa City Council on Tuesday night.
The new policy’s introduction on Tuesday, demands city staff and elected officials exhibit professional behavior when they interact with each other. “No one is to be subjected to any yelling, crude or hostile language on city property in the course of their work,” the policy reads.
City Administrator Joe Helfenberger read the policy before council members, noting two specific items.
First, if a staff person is confronted by another staff person or an elected official in a crude or unprofessional manner, they may break off communication or simply walk away. The staff should report the incident to their supervisors. No one is allowed to create a hostile or harassing/bullying encounter with staff or the public.
Secondly, Helfenberger noted, if a discussion gets out of hand between two parties in the course of city business, one should end the conversation and walk away. Staff and elected officials should always demonstrate respect and the highest ethical behavior in their interactions with everybody.
Finally, any disregard for the policy, Helfenberger said, will be grounds for disciplinary action. All city offices and work locations have posted the new Standards of Behavior policy.
In other business the council:
• Reappointed Monte Derby to the Cemetery Board with his term expiring on July 1, 2021.
• Renewed a five-year agreement with Pitney Bowes for $18,120.
• Set a public hearing for July 15 for the Iowa Ave. reconstruction project. (Highway 34 to Main Street)
• Set a public hearing for July 15 on the South Loop Trail Improvement project.
• Set a public hearing for Aug. 5 for a public hearing on the intent to dispose of city owned property at 821 W. Fourth.
• Approved the contract, bond and certificate of insurance for the Quincy Ave. Reconstruction project from Albia Road to Highway 34.
• Approved beer and liquor applications for Smokin Joe’s Tobacco & Liquor Outlet, Main Street Ottumwa for a 5-day temporary outdoor service area at Ballingall Park, Happy Joe’s Pizza and Courtside Bar and Grill with an outdoor service area.
• Disposed of city owned property in the 1800 block of East Main to Therese Brown.
• Disposed of city owned property oat 1917 E. Main Street to Terry Repp.