Council overrides mayor's veto, rezoning passes 4-1

Residents vouch for their neighborhood on N. Court St. before council overides Mayor Flander's veto.

The battle over the Ottumwa Vet Clinic rezoning ordinance came to an end at Tuesdayâ??s city council meeting.

Last month, the council voted 4-1 to rezone the Ottumwa Vet Clinic on N. Court Street from a residential to a commercial zone. Neighbors who have spoken out against the rezoning at all three hearings came back Tuesday evening to give their reasons one last time on why the area should stay an R-1 residential zone.

Last week, Mayor Frank Flanders vetoed city council's decision, which is why the ordinance was back on the agenda tonight for a fourth time.

â??At the end of the day, I found the citizen's argument more compelling,â?? Mayor Flanders said. â??At the same time, I think there is a lot of opportunity for us to grow Dr. Menke's business.â??

â??There's probably not that much new information that could be presented that we haven't heard in the previous three meetings or what was said during the planning and zoning meeting that approved this,â?? Council Member Jeremy Weller, who voted to commercialize the area said.

In another 4-1 vote Tuesday night, the city council again passed the ordinance for a commercial zone, overriding the mayor's veto. Councilman J.R. Richards opposed the change in both votes.