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City of Ottumwa plans regional office for Rep. Miller-Meeks

Published: Jan. 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - The City of Ottumwa looks at setting up a regional office in City Hall.

It would be for Representative Marianette Miller-Meeks, who is from Ottumwa.

City Administrator Phil Rath says the city had an office 15 years ago for Jim Leech and Dave Lobesack, and are hoping to have one for Miller-Meeks

”I think it kinda plays into our efforts to maintain Ottumwa as a regional hub for the area. This is one thing where it would get people coming into the city, and it also gives us that ocnnection to what’s happening in the federal level as well.”

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the Council also voted to continue with their bi-weekly Tuesday meetings set at 5:30pm.

It also moved to condemn four abandoned and damaged buildings in the city.

The four buildings are: 2433 East Main Street, 422 South Ward, 1214 West Highland, and 815 Allison.

The council is also pursuing a Revitalization Grant for the historic 131 East Main Street Buildling. It’s the First National Bank buildling. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city can recieve a grant of up to $125,000.

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