Ottumwa City Council meets to discuss major interior improvements to City Hall

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 9:52 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Major interior changes could soon come to the Ottumwa City Hall building. The Council held a work session tonight to go over some ideas for improvements.

The current HVAC system in City Hall is around 90 years old. But replacing the whole system could be costly, with proposed costs as high as $5.9 million. The improvements could also bring several areas up to ADA compliance, as well as mechanical and electrical work.

But despite the pricetag, Councilmembers says this project needs to get done. Councilmember Marc Roe notes “while we have spent a considerable amount of money on this building. There’s obviously a lot more that can be done. And we’ve seen over the last year what happens when you don’t invest money on keeping buildings up. Like the Beach, the Fire Department, the Airport - we’ve had to invest millions of dollars into those areas to do stuff that could’ve been done for a fraction of the cost.”

While no price or plane was agreed on tonight, the City Administrator says they’ll try to get as many grants as they can to fill the cost. They also plan on applying for bonds and using money in their capital projects fund to pay for the improvements as well.

The Cedar Rapids-based Willett Hofmann & Associates brought several HVAC options to the City. The Council was most receptive to system 6 - a hybrid system between a variable refrigerant flow system with perimeter hot water heating. The City Administrator expects to bring up the decision in a future council meeting.

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