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      Ottumwa City Council prepares for Tuesday meeting

      The Ottumwa City Council has two big projects to discuss at their regular meeting on Tuesday. The first is creating a Beach Task Force, which will be made up of community members who look for improvements to the Beach and how to use it more efficiently year round.

      The council will also discuss how to proceed with resurfacing the tennis courts. There is an issue with the sewer lines that run underneath the court that the city engineer believes is important to fix before spending money to resurface the courts. Fixing the sewer will cost more than originally anticipated, but councilmember John Richards says he believes itâ??s important to do so.

      "It might be kind of a touchy situation because I'm holding out for an assurance from everybody involved that that court will be repaired correctly before we spend the money to recover it," said Richards.

      The total cost of the project is estimated to be around $21,000. The city is responsible for just $12,000 though.

      Also on the agenda is an employee approval, which will include a new police officer, Katlyn Overturf. They will also talk about the disposal process of some city owned properties.

      The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Ottumwa City Hall and is open to the public.