Elbow Room discussions put on hold

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Plans for the Ottumwa City Council to discuss the Elbow Room in downtown Ottumwa did not take place during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Councilman J.R. Richards made a motion to turn the item over to the City’s administrative team.  The team is being asked to come up with a legitimate  solution and present it’s decision to the council at it’s next regularly scheduled meeting  to be held on December 16th.

City attorney Joni Keith told the council she is in the process of dealing with the owner of the establishment but declined to go into any details.

The Elbow Room has been the scene of several disturbances over the past several months.  This as the city is spending thousands of dollars on the city’s façade program to improve the image of the 300 block of East Main Street.

Also during the meeting, being no objectors at a public hearing, the council approved a resolution to sell a portion of the city’s parking lot at the intersection of Market and River Drive to River Hills Community Health Center.  The health center will purchase the property for the sum of one dollar and plans to construction a two story building to it’s existing building.  River Hills will pay the cost of a survey and all closing costs.  In addition River Hills will pay for the removal of the public restrooms located adjacent to the health center’s current building.

Action taken by the city council will allow River Hills to consolidate its services and remain the downtown location that will assist in the rehabilitation of the area.