City Council makes changes to Flood Protection Plan

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Construction of a flood wall around the Ottumwa Water and Hydro plant is expected to move forward following action taken by the city councilMonday afternoon.

During a special meeting, the city council approved a resolution on two change orders for construction of the wall.

Change order 1 details the cost savings in the amount of almost 106-thousand dollars and extends the completion date of June 15th of this year.

Change order number two includes the removal of an unknown electrical vault that had been abandoned.  An existing 24 inch main feed line were at a different elevation than first indicated.  These field conditions required a design change which resulted in the elimination of one item and included a new construction item.

The two change orders will result in a savings of more than 33-thousand dollars.

Also during Monday’s meeting the council heard a presentation from Alan Kemp the executive director of the Iowa League of Cities. Kemp explained what a tif district is and how it works. The presentation comes at a time when the city and county are at odds of a tif district at the Ottumwa Industrial airport.  The city has decided not to sunset a tif district at the airport in order to make additional improvements to the airport including a run way that could indice companies such as UPS and Fed-X to establish a facility at the airport.