By JOSH VARDAMAN
Courier staff writer
---- — OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Industrial Park will be greeting guests in a much brighter way soon, thanks to a new sign that will soon be constructed at the park’s entrance.
At a special meeting of City Council on Monday night in Council Chambers, councilmembers approved the request to provide $2,500 toward the new sign, which will take the place of the current sign.
As long as the Ottumwa Economics Development Corporation can raise the remaining funds for the sign, it will be installed. The total estimated cost for the deconstruction of the old sign and the building of a new sign is approximately $20,000, all of which will come from OEDC’s cash balance.
The sign that will soon be put at the entrance of the industrial park will be rear illuminated, and much more appealing to the eye than the current brick, overgrown landscape that currently resides there.
Other items discussed by councilmembers included approving the purchase of a John Deere Rotary Cutter for the Sewer Maintenance Department, which will be used to cut overgrowth to ensure proper flow. According to Larry Seals, Director of Public Works, the mower is included in the department’s budget, and will cost $5,540.99.
Councilmembers also approved the disposing of the alley behind 320 Church St., where South Ottumwa Savings Bank will expand its facility into the space. They also approved the sale of city owned property at 317 East Park Avenue for the price of $58,000.
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