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City Council to meet Tuesday evening

(Ottumwa)— When the Ottumwa City Council meets in regular session this evening it’s expected to approve a grant request for funding for two police officers.  The City is responsible for the required 25-percent match for these positions which has been included in the 2014/15 budget.  Additional task Force expenses will be financed by assessments made to other Task Force member agencies.  The Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug task Force includes the counties of Davis, Keokuk, Henry, Mahaska, Jefferson, Wapello and Van Buren.

Also during tonight’s meeting, the council will consider a proposed second amendment to city policy in regards to the disposition of city owned property.  The City wishes to support the efforts of Ottumwa Habitat for Humanity to build new houses in the community.

The City’s property disposition policy requires the City to sell lots owned for less than 5 years for $500 and lots owned for more than 5 years for $250.  The lot prices can be cut in half if someone owning adjacent property wants to purchase the lots. The City is prohibited by state Code from gifting property to entities other than other governmental entities, so the city cannot gift property to Ottumwa Habitat.   However the City Attorney and staff think it would be appropriate to charge Ottumwa Habitat the lowest available lot price of $125 for any property they want to purchase for housing construction.

And the city council is expected to approve a resolution awarding a contract for phase 5 of the South Ottumwa Sanitary sewer Separation Project.  Bids were received and opened by the city on March 19th.  The low bidder is Langman Construction Company Inc. of Rock Island, Illinois in the amount of  4.3-million dollars.