Ottumwa Post – The Ottumwa City Council will convene for the first regular meeting in the new year on Tuesday, January 2.

Keith Caviness will be sworn in to join council members Cara Galloway, Bill Hoffman Jr. and Doug McAntire. The four will then take a vote to confirm Cyan Bossou to fill the fifth council seat that is currently vacant, her swearing in will take before moving to the consent agenda.

Agenda items include setting January 16 as the date for a public hearing for the purpose of considering a ten-year municipal lease and operating agreement between the city and Adam Wilson d/b/a A.A.W Golf Group, LLC.

On December 19, the council accepted the proposal from Wilson and awarded him the opportunity to operate Cedar Creek Golf Course. Due to the length of the lease, a public hearing is required.

The council will also discuss the future of the e-scooter program with Bird. The city has had an agreement with Bird in place since July 2021 and that agreement is up for possible renewal later this year. Bird filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on December 20, 2023. City officials have been in contact with Bird who have assured that operations are continuing as the company is up for potential sale or acquisition.

Bird has indicated to the city that it seeks to renew the existing agreement. 

Should the council elect to continue the program, staff has recommend continuing with Bird citing that the company has provided adequate response to calls for service and believes there is little reason to change operators if the program should continue.

Also in front of the council is a recommendation to approve the purchase of a new fire apparatus for the Ottumwa Fire Department. OFD seeks to replace truck #308, a 1996 Pierce aerial with a 65 foot aerial. The aerial device was taken out of service approximately four years ago due to corrosion. The rear frame also has significant corrosion.

The price of the new apparatus from Sutphen Corporation is $869,400.34 in a proposal dated December 28, 2023, and is good for 15 days. The price increases quarterly and in 2023 increased by 8% in a six month period.

The new truck would take approximately 10 months to be completed following a acceptance of the proposal. 

To view the full agenda, click here.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 5:30pm inside Bridge View Center. 

With ongoing renovations at Ottumwa City Hall, the meetings will not be live streamed, but will posted the following afternoon on the city’s YouTube Channel.

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