OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa City Council will discuss, and is recommended to pass, capital improvement projects for the fiscal years 2021 and 2022 during today's meeting at city hall.

The total cost of the projects is estimated to be $7.4 million, with more than half of that dedicated to streets ($4.3 million). Most of the source of the payments comes from the city's debt-service levy, with about $1 million coming from both TIF and donations.

A breakdown of the projects, with estimated costs:

• Streets ($4.3 million)

• Fleet ($1.1 million)

• Public works projects ($830,000)

• Maintenance and repairs ($595,000)

• Community development ($700,000)

• Parks and recreation ($700,000)

• Equipping facilities and systems ($195,000)

• Other public safety capital ($166,000)

There are also five public hearings set, with three of those regarding a trio of loan agreements that were discussed at the council's meeting Dec. 1. One of those would allow borrowing of $6 million, while the other two bonds would be for $700,000 apiece.

The Ottumwa Police Department also will ask the council for two new in-car camera systems to replace cameras that are five years old and need repair. The Governors Traffic Safety Bureau Grant will offer $9,000 toward the cost, with forfeitures covering the other $2,359.

Wapello County Board of Supervisors

The supervisors will have a second reading of Chapter 36 of the Flood Plain Management Ordinance. It's the second of three readings to accept the ordinance. At last week's public hearing regarding the issue, supervisor Jerry Parker said there were no significant changes to the flood plain from two years ago.

The supervisors will also take a up a resolution for a stop sign at the new U.S. 63 access to Rabbit Run Road.

A representative from Schumacher Elevator is also expected to be present to discuss part of the contract for installation of a new elevator in the courthouse. Because a new fire sprinkler system will be placed in the building, the current elevator, which is approximately 50 years old, will be out of code.

There are no public hearings for the supervisors this week.

— Chad Drury can be reached at, and on Twitter @ChadDrury


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