OTTUMWA — Public hearings take up almost a quarter of the agenda for the Wapello County Board of Supervisors, who will meet today for the first time since before Thanksgiving.

The supervisors will discuss four public hearings and then vote on resolutions that result from them.

Two of the public hearings consider restoration work at the Wapello County Law Enforcement Center. The supervisors will consider the plans, specifications, contract and estimated cost for both precast panel work, which is estimated to cost $135,000, as well as removal and replacement of two rooftop air conditioning units on the building, at a cost of $180,000. Both the city of Ottumwa and the county are involved in the cost since they share the building.

Another public hearing will consider the approval of the final plat for the Jager Subdivision, and the supervisors will discuss a public hearing regarding the revised flood plain management ordinance Chapter 36, which outlines standards, regulations and penalties for violations, among other items. The issue had been tabled since Nov. 10, but the supervisors will likely adopt the first reading of the ordinance.

There will also likely be a pair of authorization request changes for the Wapello County Courthouse Life Safety Upgrade dealing with the fire suppression system.

Other items on the agenda:

• The supervisors will discuss and take possible action on a donation to the Workingman's Christmas Party.

• The supervisors will likely be approval of a bid and award of project for Bridge 55 and Bridge 107 to Herberger Construction, with a cost of over $400,000 per bridge.

• The supervisors will likely approve an agreement to install a used boiler in the old jail.

To attend the meeting, a maintenance worker will be at the door to allow the public inside. Or, they may call the auditor's office at (641) 683-0020.

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


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