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      Ottumwa City Council holds special meeting

      The Ottumwa City council held a special meeting Monday with a short agenda.

      Council members unanimously approved the rezoning of Iowa Ave. near Hayne St. from an M-1 light manufacturing zone to an M-2 heavy manufacturing district. They also gave John Deere Ottumwa Works the go-ahead to use the "Black Lake" property for a storm water retention system.

      The first item on the agenda, to hire a third party to evaluate the costs and benefits of privatizing the Water Pollution Control Facility was the topic that stirred up some heated opposition from three citizens, including Steve Siegel on the Wapello County Board of Supervisors.â??It would also be bad for the public, for the citizens,â?? Siegel said. â??We got a system that works. We have employees that work. Why would you want to risk bringing in another company? Who knows what they're gonna do with it.?â??

      Mayor Frank Flanders and the council members all agreed privatizing Ottumwaâ??s Water Pollution Control Facility would negatively affect employees who have worked at the facility a number of decades. The council unanimously voted against that proposal.