The Ottumwa Courier


May 20, 2014

Make Ottumwa Shine a big success

OTTUMWA — Make Ottumwa Shine had a lot of promise leading up to last week, and thanks to just enough nice weather and an abundance of volunteers, it turned out to be a terrific event.

At Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Ottumwa City Council, Health and Inspections Department Director Jody Gates gave a report about the week, which was a nothing but a success.

“Make Ottumwa Shine was a huge event this year,” she said. “I want to say thank you to everyone. It was truly a terrific event.”

According to Gates, there were over 1,200 trash bags handed out during the week, and volunteers spruced up over 100 spots around the community.

“We really can’t do it without the volunteers, and this year they made a huge difference,” Gates said.

To end the week, the City held a free landfill day. Community members brought all kinds of waste and disposables to the Ottumwa/Wapello County Landfill, the Ottumwa Recycling Center and the Market Street parking lot across from the Ottumwa Skate Park.

More than 176 tons of waste were disposed of throughout the day, and Gates said the Ottumwa/Wapello County Landfill saw over 300 vehicles, and over 100 went to the Market Street parking lot site.

The bags that were available for Make Ottumwa Shine are always available at the Ottumwa Health Department, so don’t think you have to wait a whole year to spruce up a part of the city.

In other items of business during the City Council meeting, councilmembers approved the purchase of six Outdoor Warning System Units for the city.

According to Ottumwa Fire Chief Tony Miller, Ottumwa currently has 14 units throughout the city, and they are working to upgrade all of them. Part of the upgrade will include taking the voice off of the system that says a warning has been issued.

Community members have complained in the past that the voice on the system is hard to hear and can be a little confusing, and Miller said the upgrades will not have a voice, just the siren.

The next regular meeting of the Ottumwa City Council is set for June 3 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall.

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