City council holds lengthy meeting

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As expected, the Ottumwa city council last night approved a recommendation to award a contract to an Ottumwa contractor to rebuild the Central Addition Monument in Wayside Park.

The city received one bid from Dan Davis Masonry in the amount of 9998-dollars to do the work.  The project is being funded by a ten thousand dollar grant from the Wapello County Foundation.

Councilman Skip Stevens questioned why other contractors in the city were not included in the bidding process.

Also last night the council failed to approve a recommendation to replace a furnace at the Water Pollution Control Facility.  Only one bid was received from Woody’s Heating and Air Conditioning of Ottumwa.  They submitted a bid price of 64-hundred dollars.

Councilman Skip Stevens asked the matter be tabled so the city’s new engineer can become involved in the matter.  He also questioned why more bids were not sought by the city.

Former Ottumwa Mayor Dale Uehling President of Bridge View Center Incorporated presented the city with an endowment check of 132-thousand dollars. To date the city has received more than 500-thousand dollars from Bridge View Center Incorporated. Ueling also told the city council 50-thousand dollars has been raised to help finance some much needed improvements at Bridge View Center. Officials hope to raise 250-thousand dollars for the project. Uehling  said “we need to key ahead of the curve in regards to making improvements to the events center.