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June 8, 2011

City takes away OTA’s autonomy

Council agrees to immediate action

(Continued)

OTTUMWA — Major retailer interested in Ottumwa

Two measures were approved by the council on Tuesday that could lead to a new retailer moving into a location along Highway 34 and Wildwood Drive. The city approved a zoning ordinance amendment, rezoning property located at the southeast corner of the intersection from an “R1” single family residential to a “CS1” shopping center district.

The council also approved a site plan for a proposed 55,500-square-foot development on the property south of Highway 34 and Wildwood Drive. The plan addressed contains a footprint for a retail space on the property as well as adequate space for a secondary retail development located to the south of proposed parking lot.

Ottumwa city planning and development department head Dave Shafer told the council on Tuesday that the Wisconsin-based Continental Properties Company has expressed interest in bringing a major retailer to town. The company’s clientele includes Kohl’s and Lowe’s.

Other business:

• Nine businesses (Anderson Larkin, Farm Bureau, Edward Jones, The Optical Shoppe, State Farm Insurance Jim Carnahan Agency, United Way of Wapello County, South Side Drug, Great Prairie Area Education Agency and Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce) were approved for the community Recognition Pole Banner program. Approval was also given to revise the Chamber of Commerce’s Banner Program to add three additional streets (Myrtle Street, Cook Avenue and River Drive located between Washington and Market Streets) as well as allow for the use of names of the agent or owner to a sponsor’s banner in special circumstances for identification.

• Larry Seals of the public works engineering department updated the council on the status of the community development block grant for the third phase of the South Ottumwa Sanitary Sewer Separation project. The city was awarded a $251,000 grant and has exhausted $149,410 of the funding with 72 percent of the project complete by cost and an expected completion date of Nov. 30.

• The council approved an agreement between the city and Allender Butzke Engineers, Inc. for the Sheridan Avenue Distress Evaluation project. The agreement will provide professional geotechnical services for subgrade testing to evaluate cracking on the avenue due to settlement that occurred during the sewer separation project.

• The second consideration to amend the city’s solid waste ordinance was also approved by the council. The third and final consideration will be voted on at the June 21 City Council meeting.

• Tim Skinner Trucking and Excavation was awarded the demolition contract in the amount of $8,374 for the structure on the lot at 605 Ellis Ave. Eight proposals had been sent out for the contract.

• The sale of city-owned property at 174 N. Moore St. to Roland Davis for $18,200 was approved. Davis also has agreed to pay past-due taxes on the property in excess of $1,500.

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