The Ottumwa Courier


June 5, 2013

Veterinary Clinic rezoned

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Veterinary Clinic's neighbors' final chance at overturning the clinic's rezoning has been shot down.

The City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to override Mayor Frank Flanders' veto of the clinic's rezoning from R-1 residential to C-1 commercial despite continued protest from several neighbors.

"Not sharing [their plan] makes me nervous," said neighbor Eric Fritz on behalf of a neighbor who was unable to attend the meeting. "The people of the neighborhood chose to buy a home next to a small vet clinic ... not to allow unrestricted commercial expansion of who knows what."

Neighbor Richard Douglas raised concerns again that rezoning the property to a commercial district would raise its tax value while damaging his.

"Gentlemen, this is a very bad decision," Douglas said. "Please, don't destroy our residential neighborhood."

Flanders said the citizens' arguments have proven "more compelling" than any made by council or city staff, which influenced his decision to veto.

Councilman Mitch Niner said Flanders' previous comment that the rezoning could be considered spot zoning was "ridiculous."

"You've already purchased a house next to a business," Niner said. "More than likely, any kind of property depreciation has already happened."

But neighbor Jackie Topolinski said that's not the case, that in fact her property value has increased greatly in the last 14 years.

Neighbor Mark Eigsti said the clinic and its new partner providing no plans for expansion makes him nervous.

Topolinski agreed, saying the residential area is not meant for "excessive businesses."

"Especially ones where we have no clue what's coming in or what could come in," she said. "You need to listen to the citizens of this community who are telling you, 'No, we do not want this to change.' This is a residential area and needs to stay that way."

Text Only
  • The most fun you ever had

    OTTUMWA — Not every child's idea will be possible — but every idea was recorded. "Kaboom" project manager Brenna Hull of the nonprofit group's San Francisco office was in Ottumwa Tuesday. She asked students at the Ottumwa school district what they'd like to see in a playground.

    April 22, 2014

  • 0423 OTT Recycle center color photo 2 -T -M Where every day is Earth Day

    OTTUMWA — Putting cans in the correct bin, saving electricity and adjusting the thermostat are not new concepts to the Ottumwa/Wapello Recycling Center staff. "We try to practice what we preach," said Janice Bain,

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0423 OTT lottery retailers graph -T -M Hoping for riche$ — Part 2

    OTTUMWA — We’ve all heard countless stories of lottery winners and losers. The winners, some of whom hold down multiple jobs, have modest dreams for now. One wants to buy a new home or car, another wants to pay of their debts or give to charity and e

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo 2 Stories

  • 0422 OTT Lottery graph -T -L -M Hoping for riche$ — Part 1

    OTTUMWA — Despite a struggling economy — or perhaps because of it — Iowa lottery tickets sales have surged over the past decade in southeast Iowa. Since the lottery began 1985, its players have won more than $3.2 billion in prizes while the lottery h

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo 2 Stories

  • 0418 OTT Tree City U.S.A. logo Ottumwa awarded as Tree City U.S.A. again OTTUMWA — Having big, beautiful trees throughout a community can help spruce up a city and make it more attractive to visitors. Ottumwa has shown a dedication to making the community more green and inviting, and the efforts have been recognized by th

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0418 OTT OEDC director -T Guiding our growth

    OTTUMWA — An organization designed to help Ottumwa grow has found a new employee in Indiana. The Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) board has chosen Sharon Stroh as the group's new executive director. “We are confident she will hit the g

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0417 OTT Camp Wapello fence photo -T -M -L Good fence irritates good neighbor DRAKESVILLE — For 82 years, Camp Wapello’s iconic entryway has welcomed people to peacefully coexist with nature. Now there’s a 400-foot barbed wire fence down the middle of the road. In February, Davis County Supervisors approved vacating of portion

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • City Council approves sale of properties OTTUMWA — On Tuesday the Ottumwa City Council met for the last regularly scheduled meeting of April. Included in the agenda for the evening were several dispositions of city owned property. Structures and land located at 519 W. Fourth St., 723 E. Mar

    April 15, 2014

  • Where to play OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Community School District wants to discuss moving to another athletic conference. Superintendent Davis Eidahl revealed that the district has been contacted by a smaller sports league, which has extended an invitation to join the

    April 15, 2014

  • 0415 Right side up monster truck pic Nice driver --- mean machine OTTUMWA --- Drivers sat at one end of their vehicles during the "pit party," meeting fans and signing autographs before the motorsport and monster truck exhibition at Bridge View Center this weekend. Monster truck driver Orville Hill let kids --- and

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

AP National