Make Ottumwa Shine

WHATS NEW?
The Make Ottumwa Shine Committee continues to work on improving Ottumwa’s appearance.     Our committee has examined the City’s nuisance code and is proposing two amendments to Ottumwa’s City Code.   The first is amending the maximum allowable height for grass from 12 inches to 8 inches.   The second would add a chapter on Parking and Driveways requiring any new driveway construction to be of concrete, asphalt or brick. It would also prohibit regular parking in the front yard.  We believe that these changes would help improve the appearance of our neighborhoods.
Please visit our Proposed Code Amendment page and give us your thoughts.   We want to hear from YOU!

KEEP ON SHINING
Purple bags are available at the Recycling Center and City Hall year round if you feel need to clean up someplace in town.   We supply purple trash bags and gloves – families, organizations, neighborhood groups and businesses all pitch in to SHINE UP an area.  When the purple bags are filled, call 641-683-0685 and the bags will be collected.

BUSINESSES AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTY OWNERS
Keeping the business districts in Ottumwa clean is vital to Making Ottumwa Shine. These areas of our community are the most visited by Ottumwans, and our out of town guests.   We are asking property owners to help all year by picking up cigarette butts and other small trash, pulling weeds from sidewalks and green spaces, and keeping sidewalks and curbs swept and clear of debris.    See our call to action flyer.

KUDOS
Make Ottumwa Shine Week was held May 12-17, 2014.   Volunteers from around the community rolled up their sleeves, adopted clean up sites and pitched in to make Ottumwa a cleaner place.    Free Landfill Day was held Saturday, May 17th with great community participation at the Landfill, Recycling Center and drop off site in downtown Ottumwa.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the Make Ottumwa Shine Clean Up Week a success. Over 60 volunteers adopted 25 areas around the city and made them shine!

 

 

 

 

Shine On!

Make Ottumwa Shine is a volunteer driven community clean up program. Our mission is to empower Ottumwans to make our community clean and attractive.

We fight litter and urban blight one purple trash bag at a time. Many of our volunteers make fighting litter a year-round activity in their own neighborhood.

If you have an area you want to adopt - a street, park, trail, or stream, call us at
641-683-0685.
We can help with materials and resources.