OTTUMWA — City officials regularly push back vehicle purchases if the truck or car is running well. This time they’re pushing it back because one of the fleet has had it.

Purchasing Director Mark Sims said the city uses two trucks to haul sludge and waste from the sewer plant. Ottumwa officials planned to get rid of one this year. But Sims is asking the city council to hang onto it for another year at a cost of $4,500.

“The bed on the truck we were going to keep was completely deteriorated,” Sims said. “Both of them are not in the best of shape, but we don’t need the best trucks for what we’re hauling.”

Sims said the city commonly transfers trucks to the sewer plant after they have run their course in other departments. The trucks don’t need to be new, just intact. The trucks at the plant have a messy job that wears on them, so it doesn’t make sense to put a brand-new truck out there.

In this case, the city planned to get rid of this truck until crews noticed the bed of another truck was almost completely rusted out. It makes more sense to hang on to the truck that can still haul reliably than the one with more wear.

Other items on the council agenda include change orders to five Bridge View Center contracts, a public hearing on the Jefferson St. overlay project and an agreement between the city and Ottumwa Water and Hydro covering the sewer separation project.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at City Hall. It will be broadcast live on GOTV, cable channel 6.

Matt Milner can be reached at (641) 683-5359 or via e-mail at

Council meeting

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Council chambers at City Hall

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