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Mary Street Closure in Ottumwa

Motorists are advised that Mary Street at the intersection of Sheridan Avenue in Ottumwa will be temporarily closing starting Tuesday, March 27. The closure is in association with the Sheridan Avenue Reconstruction project and will allow for the installation of a new water main. During this work, Mary Street will be narrowed to one lane of traffic, with intermittent complete closures. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes around the work zone. With favorable weather conditions, the temporary lane restrictions and closures are anticipated through the end of next week.

Fourth Street Temporarily Closed in Ottumwa

Ottumwa motorists are advised that Fourth Street (between Birch Street and Blake’s Street), will be closed starting Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The street closure will allow for necessary repair work on a sewer line. During the repair, both lanes of traffic will be closed. Motorists will need to seek alternate routes. With favorable weather conditions, the repair is anticipated to take 1 week.

City of Ottumwa Seeks Flagpole Donations

(OTTUMWA, Iowa)– On behalf of the City of Ottumwa, the Ottumwa Board of Cemetery Trustees is charged with the oversight and care of the Ottumwa, Calvary, and Ottumwa Jewish Cemeteries. Recently during one of their regular meetings, they reviewed and have decided to upgrade and improve the Veteran Sections of the Ottumwa Cemeteries.

This project will replace flagpoles, flags, and supporting structures in the Veteran Section of Ottumwa Cemetery, as well as install solar lights on the flagpoles in the Veteran Sections of Ottumwa and Calvary Cemeteries. Currently, there are 35 veterans interred in the Ottumwa Cemetery, with 38 open spaces remaining. Free burial spaces are offered to veterans.

The Board is now seeking partners in support of this project. Donations received will go toward funding this endeavor. Any additional funds raised will be deposited into an account for the future maintenance and repair of the flagpoles and supporting structures.

Donations may be sent to the Ottumwa Cemetery, 1302 N. Court Street, Ottumwa, IA 52501. Questions and concerns should be directed to Gene Rathje, Cemetery Superintendent, at 641-455-9463, or the cemetery office at 641-683-0687.

Burn Scheduled for Memorial Park in Ottumwa

(OTTUMWA, Iowa) – In 2016, the City of Ottumwa initiated a water quality improvement project through a program with the Iowa DNR and the State Revolving Fund. Part of this project is the restoration of 9.5 acres of oak savannah in the northwest portion Memorial Park. Maintenance of the oak savannah requires periodic prescribed burns. Fire promotes the growth of native plants and controls the growth of unwanted woody and non-native vegetation.

According to a release sent by the City of Ottumwa, spring’s prescribed burn is scheduled for the morning of March 24, with a backup date of March 31. It will be conducted jointly by the Ottumwa and Wapello County Rural Volunteer Fire Departments.

The public is urged to be cautious of smoke, which may cause short term visibility issues on nearby roadways, and refrain from performing any outdoor tasks if there is smoke in their area. Homeowners downwind of Memorial Park should close their windows while the burn is being conducted.

Wabash Street in Ottumwa Closed

Motorists in Ottumwa are advised that Wabash Street at the intersection of Sheridan Avenue will be temporarily closing as early as March 8, 2018. The temporary closure will allow for the installation of a new Water Main. The closure is anticipated to last 1 week. This work is being completed as part of the Sheridan Avenue Reconstruction Project.

East Main St. Reconstruction Project (Ottumwa)

The City of Ottumwa will be holding a public information meeting in regards to the East Main Street Reconstruction Project. The meeting will be an open house format and will take place at the City Hall Council Chambers on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. Representatives from the City of Ottumwa and JEO Consulting Group will be available to answer any questions you may have in regards to the project.

President’s Day Closings for Ottumwa

(Ottumwa, Iowa) – The third Monday of each February is a time to remember past presidents and, for some government employees, a day to enjoy off work. It is also when George Washington’s birthday is celebrated by many throughout the nation, although he was born on Feb. 22, 1732. According to a news release sent to KMZN by the City of Ottumwa, a number of offices and services will affected by the holiday on Feb. 19:

  • Offices at Ottumwa’s City Hall and the Ottumwa Public Works Central Garage will be closed.
  • The Ottumwa, Calvary and Jewish Cemetery office at 1302 N. Court will be closed.
  • The Ottumwa Police Department Records Desk will be closed.
  • Both the Ottumwa/ Wapello Landfill and the Recycling Center will be closed.
  • City residential trash and recycling normally collected on Monday, Feb. 19 will be picked up Tuesday, Feb. 20. Bulky items normally collected on Tuesdays will be picked up on Thursday, Feb. 22. There is no change for the customers of the City’s rural residential trash and recycling collection. Bridge City Sanitation offices will be closed for the holiday on Monday.
  • The Ottumwa Public Library will be closed.
  • Ottumwa Transit buses will not be operating. The Ottumwa Transit office will be closed as well.
  • Ottumwa Water and Hydro Offices at 230 Turner Drive will be closed.
  • The Beach Ottumwa will be open 5:15 AM to noon for lap swim and regular programs.

Other notes:

  • Courts will not be in session.
  • The United States Postal Service will not deliver mail on Presidents Day, but UPS and FedEx will operate as usual.
  • Most banks will be closed. For information about a particular bank, contact them directly.
  • The New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and bond markets will be closed.
By Hailey Brown, KBOE/KMZN

City of Ottumwa to Observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day

(Ottumwa, Iowa) – Monday, Jan. 15 is both a state and federal holiday to honor the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. According to a news release sent to KBOE, City of Ottumwa offices will be closed and some City services are changed due to the holiday:

  • Offices at City Hall and the Ottumwa Public Works Central Garage will be closed.
  • The Ottumwa Police Department Records Desk will be closed.
  • There will be no Ottumwa Transit bus service. The Transit office will be closed as well.
  • The Ottumwa, Calvary and Jewish Cemetery office at 1302 N. Court will be closed.
  • The Ottumwa Public Library will be closed.
  • The Ottumwa/ Wapello Landfill and Recycling Center will be closed.
  • Residential trash and recycling normally collected on Monday, Jan. 15 will be picked up Tuesday, Jan. 16. North and South side bulk item collection as well as Christmas tree collection will be done on Thursday, Jan. 18. All other collection trash and recycling routes are the same. There will be no changes to county customer collection dates.
  • The Beach Ottumwa will be open 5 AM to Noon for lap swim and regular programs.
  • Ottumwa Water and Hydro Offices at 230 Turner Drive will be open regular hours.

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