Thursday, 13 June 2013 06:38
Home JV Softball game vs. Keokuk scheduled for Thursday, June 13 at Huston Field has been cancelled.
Iowa Avenue Project Approved for Ottumwa
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 06:39
Transportation Commission Approves Grant for Ottumwa
The Iowa Transportation Commission approved a Revitalize Iowa's Sound
Economy (RISE) Immediate Opportunity grant application submitted by the city of
Ottumwa. Up to $1,172,195 will be made available to assist in the construction
of a right-turn lane on U.S. 34 and reconstruction of approximately 2,500 feet
of Iowa Avenue from U.S. 34 north to Kay Avenue located on the east side of
town. This project is anticipated to be completed by August 2014.
The improvements are
necessary to provide improved access to Cargill Meat Solutions and will support
the creation of 120 new jobs along with nearly $96 million in associated
capital investment. This company is a producer and marketer of food,
agricultural, financial and industrial products and services.
The improvements will also
provide improved access to more than 36 acres for future manufacturing and
The application was approved
for up to $193,689 from the county share of the RISE Fund and $978,506 from the
city share of the RISE Fund or up to 80 percent of the total RISE-eligible project
cost, whichever is less.
IDNR-Operation ReLeaf a Success
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 06:37
Operation Releaf adds nearly 2,000 trees to Iowa this spring
The spring 2013 Operation ReLeaf events were a great success!
The Iowa DNR Forestry Bureau, Interstate Power and Light Company, an
Alliant Energy company, and local partners teamed up to offer eight
residential tree distribution sites throughout the state this spring,
selling more than 1,950 trees to homeowners who utilize Alliant Energy.
ReLeaf is a residential tree planting program that promotes long-term
energy and natural resource conservation funded by Alliant Energy and
administered by the Iowa DNR Forestry Bureau with assistance from local
municipalities, county conservation boards, and county extension
offices. Through the program, Alliant Energy residential customers may
purchase high-quality landscaping trees for $25 each. These trees
typically retail from $65 - $125.
With the trees in the ground, the Iowa DNR Forestry Bureau has a few reminders about tree care:
the tree during the entire summer. Unless you get an inch of rain in a
week, apply 3- to 5-gallons water directly on the root ball 1- to
3-times per week. Increase frequency during hot and dry periods.
Watering tip: drill a small hole in the bottom of a five-gallon bucket,
fill it and allow the water to slowly seep directly onto the root ball
all tags, packaging, and bamboo. The tree can grow around and into the
bamboo if left in place, which can eventually cause decay and early
do not benefit from staking if it can stand on its own. If the base of
the tree is blowing over and unable to hold in place, staking will help
the roots be established. If you are considering staking visit, extension.iastate.edu/
to mulch the trees each year. Make sure mulch extends all the way to
the drip line of the tree in the shape of a donut, 2- to 4-inches deep.
Too much mulch around the trunk can cause the bark to decay. Instead,
pull the mulch back a couple inches from the trunk.
prune when necessary. You should not prune your newly planted trees for
the first 2- to 3-years unless correcting for a central leader or
removing damaged or crossed branches. Remember, the more leaves, the
more energy the tree can produce for growth. Once the branches are
approaching two inches in diameter, prune to train for a terminal leader
or to remove lower branches when they approach two inches in
diameter. Never remove more than a third of the canopy when pruning. For
fruit trees, follow specific instructions. Only prune oak trees from
November through February, to prevent oak wilt. For more information
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 07:08
A mistrial was declared yesterday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa, by U.S. District Judge James Gritzner, in the trial of former Ottumwa Transit Authority Director Pam Ward. Ward is accused of inflating ridership numbers on Ottumwa Transit Buses between the years 2007 and 2010, in order to gain Federal Grant and subsidy monies for the Ottumwa Transit System. No word yet as to whether a new trial will take place. Jurors involved in deciding the outcome of the trial deadlocked on a verdict, and notified the judge of the impasse.
City Council Work Sesion Highlights from Monday
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 06:38
The Ottumwa City Council met in "special" or "work session" mode last night at 5 P.M., in the Council Chambers at Ottumwa City Hall.
Under "work session" items where no votes are taken by the Council, Council Members did agree that a little more refinement and "tweaking" of the proposed Nuisance Ordinance will be necessary before the matter is brought before the Council for a vote. Areas to be re-visited and refined include: yard sales in Ottumwa; the parking of vehicles on unimproved areas of residential property; the use of so-called "decorative" planters such as tires, toilets, and bathtubs in front yards of residential areas; placing small inflatable swimming pools in front yards; and distance set-backs for the use of electric fences in residential areas.
The City Council also reached a consensus that more research is needed before committing to the purchase of a new snorkel fire truck for the Ottumwa Fire Department. Cost of the new vehicle is estimated at slightly under one million dollars. The current snorkel fire truck is a 1977 model that Fire Chief Tony Miller says needs replaced. City Officials will also have to figure out just how to pay for the piece of equipment, if purchased.
And, residents learned a little more about how the new Market Street Bridge will look when re-constructed in the City in the near future. Public Works Director Larry Seals told the Council that the bridge will have only 1 walkway, 8 feet wide, on the downstream side of the bridge. Also, Seals said, there will be NO BUMP-OUTS for anglers, tourists, and sightseers to stop on the bridge and fish or sit. Seals said the cost of the bump-outs is too expensive. There will, however, be decorative lighting, similar to the lampposts in Central Park. Also, there has been some discussion to prohibit fishing from the bridge, for the safety of pedestrians. Cost of the bridge project is estimated at around 3.5 million dollars.
Ottumwa Levee Maintenance This Week
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 06:36
Crews are clearing brush and applying a
herbicide to control weeds on the south bank of the Des Moines River, from the
hydroelectric dam to the Jefferson Street Viaduct this week. Brush and weed
clearing is scheduled to take place Tuesday, June 11. A
herbicide will be applied on Wednesday, June 12. This work will occur as
weather and water conditions permit. Controlling vegetation is an important
part of regular levee maintenance.
who fish from the bank along that section will be asked to fish elsewhere
during this work. Use of the trail on the levee may be temporarily interrupted
by workers or equipment in the area.
information about this project, contact the City Engineering Department at
Campers-Geode Modern Camping Closed
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 06:35
The DNR’s park staff were forced to close down wastewater facilities
at Lake Geode State Park after sewer problems over the weekend.
of the sewer line plugged up, and wet weather prevents contractors from
reaching or fixing the lines. Park visitors can use portable restrooms
and vault latrines, but restrooms, shower facilities and the dump
station at the campground are closed.
crews can televise the sewer line, determine the extent of damage and
make repairs, the campground will operate as a non-modern campground.
Non-modern camping fees will apply.
DNR is contacting campers who have advance reservations through the
first week of July to provide options on their camping stays.
a contractor determines the cause of the sewer line blockage, the DNR
cannot predict when campground facilities will reopen.
Special Council Meeting Tonight
Monday, 10 June 2013 06:30
The Ottumwa City Council will meet in "Special" or "Work Session" mode tonight at 5 P.M. at Ottumwa City Hall. According to the "tentative" agenda, the Council Meeting will take place in room 108 at City Hall, as opposed to the City Council Chambers.
Items up for discussion WITHOUT a vote by the Council tonight include:
1. Proposed Changes in Ottumwa's Nuisance Ordinance.
2. A Fire Truck for the Ottumwa Fire Department.
3. The Future Market Street Bridge Re-Construction Project for Ottumwa.
4. A Citizen's request for changes in the Ordinance for certain Downtown Ottumwa Businesses serving alcohol.
The City Council Meeting tonight is open to the Public.
Landfill Announces Free Disposal of Flood Debris
Monday, 10 June 2013 06:29
The Ottumwa/Wapello Landfill is offering free disposal to aid in local
flood recovery efforts. The landfill will waive disposal fees for flood
damaged household materials. Individuals with flood related damages must be
pre-approved for free disposal. Contact the Wapello County Supervisors office
The free disposal is intended for
items damaged by recent flooding such as damaged wall materials, insulation,
carpet, furniture and household goods. All loads going to the
landfill must be covered or tarped. Household appliances, also known
as “white goods,” may be disposed of at no charge at
the Ottumwa/Wapello Recycling Center, with prior approval.
The Landfill cannot
accept hhousehold hazardous waste like paints, stains, garden chemicals
or petroleum products. Those materials may be taken to the
Regional Collection Center at the Ottumwa/Wapello County Recycling Center
for disposal at no charge. Hazardous waste is accepted
by appointment only. Call the Recycling Center 641-683-0685 begin_of_the_skype_
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The Ottumwa/Wapello Landfill is
open 7AM to 4PM Monday through Friday, and 7AM until Noon on Saturday. The
facility is located at 13277 165th Avenue. Drivers can head out of town on
West Second and take the first paved road on the right off the Eddyville
Ottumwa School District Recognized
Monday, 10 June 2013 06:27
Ottumwa Community School District was recognized as a patriotic employer on
behalf of the Iowa and National Committees for Employer Support of the Guard and
Reserve - which is under the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Superintendent
Davis Eidahl accepted the award on behalf of the district.
The district was
nominated for the Employer Support Freedom Award by MAJ David Harper, 224
Engineering Battalion and principal at Evans Middle School. Harper is retiring from the Iowa National
Guard this month after 24 years. The award is the U.S. Government's highest recognition
given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the
Guard and Reserve. The Freedom Award is particularly significant because only
members of the National Guard and Reserve or their family members are eligible
to nominate their employers for the award.
Community School District as well as the Ottumwa community has a tradition of
honoring and supporting our military personnel,” said Eidahl. “This award is
especially relevant as we see our 833rd deployed for the third time
in seven years. This is one of the many ways we show love and support to our
service members and their families.”
was also present for the presentation. “I appreciate the tremendous support I’ve
received from the district,” he said. “It’s employers
like this that are force multipliers for the Iowa National Guard by allowing
citizen soldiers to serve their country and state.”
The award was presented by Don Lane, a representative of the Employer Support
of the Guard and Reserve. “This is a reflection of your leadership, dedication
and relationship with your employees,” Lane said during his presentation. “On
behalf of the National and Iowa ESGR committees, I thank you for your past and
continued support of your employee/service members.”