OTTUMWA — Monday's Ottumwa City Council meeting will be the first to be live-streamed on the Internet. This will allow the public to watch the council on any computer or mobile device.
"The community has shown a keen interest in our televised meetings through Mediacom for a number of years. With live streaming, the city is bringing those meetings to a much wider audience," city of Ottumwa Public Information Officer Tom Rodgers said. "Many people prefer to watch City Council meetings rather than attend in person; it's just more convenient. This will be a good way to keep up to date on what our government is doing."
The next Ottumwa City Council meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday at City Hall. Viewers wishing to watch the live stream of the council meeting should go to the city of Ottumwa's website at cityofottumwa.com. If using a regular browser, once on the homepage, hover your mouse over the "Government" tab on the main menu at the top of the screen, then click on the "City Council Meetings — Video" tab. Mobile users will need to click on the menu tab, click on "Government," then click on the "City Council Meetings — Video" tab.
Once the live stream of the council meeting is complete, the video is archived online on YouTube. A link is provided on the "City Council Meetings — Video" page on the city's website. The most recent council meeting video will remain visible on the page until the next meeting begins.
On the agenda for Monday's meeting:
• Signing a letter of support for Main Street Ottumwa's CSBG Multi-Family Grant application.
• Consideration of creating a full-time grant writer position for the city.
• Discussion of information technology support for the city.
• Fill the position of equipment operator for the Sewer Maintenance Department.
• Discussion of changing special city council meetings to the second and fourth Tuesdays as needed and at a uniform time of 6:30 p.m.