The Ottumwa Courier

April 27, 2013

Council to inspect plans for Market on Main

By CHELSEA DAVIS Courier staff writer
Ottumwa Courier

---- — OTTUMWA — It's time to plunge into the details of downtown Ottumwa's new marketplace, Market on Main.

At the City Council work session Monday, Market on Main Director Heather Ware will discuss the plans and specifications for the rehabilitation of the marketplace's home, 327 and 331 E. Main St.

"We are taking what we think are going to be our final drawings for construction to City Council," Ware said. "They'll look over them, then approve them. If they do that, we'll then open it up for bids next week. The lowest qualified bidding person gets the project."

Ware said there will likely be some competition in the bidding process.

"I've had quite a few different people interested in it, wanting to know when the documents were going to be there," she said. "I've had people seek me out to ask about it, which is promising."

Hopefully, she said, there will be competition between local contractors, though in the end, the lowest bid will be accepted, whether or not it's local.

Fundraising continues to move forward.

"We're getting closer and closer in terms of having 100 percent everything there," she said. "A couple of grants are in the works for some extra projects. The more we can fundraise, the more we can do with the commercial and educational kitchens and different ways to get the community involved in what we're doing."

She will bring designs with her Monday night to show how the space will be used, both indoors and in the outdoor Green Space.

"And hopefully later in May or early June we'll start having people actually be able to apply to be vendors," she said. "That way we'll know when we're open in December that the food is going to be there."

The interior of the marketplace is almost entirely gutted, she said.

"Everything we can do as a volunteer crew has been done," she said. "It's to the point where when they come in it's pretty much ready for them to get started. We tried to do as much demolition work as we could so we could get the market open as quickly as possible."

The council will also:

• Appoint Nick Klimek as city planner, effective June 1.

• Approve the $10,000 purchase of a city-owned vehicle for maintenance of downtown landscaping in city rights-of-way. The city has received nearly $8,400 in grants and $500 from Main Street Ottumwa for this purchase.

• Approve payment of more than $6,500 to Ogle's Greenhouse/Southern Iowa Landscaping for Operation ReLeaf.

• Approve the reallocation of funds for the new public works garage at 550 Gateway Drive.

The council will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in council chambers at City Hall. The meeting will air live on GO-TV, cable channel 6.