Thursday, December 18, 2014

City sets stage for OMA board picks

By The Herald Staff | 4/14/2014

Ottawa Municipal Auditorium is a step closer to having an advisory board.

Ottawa city commissioners wrapped up the final two candidate interviews Monday evening, but commissioners delayed seating the seven-member board until its April 21 study session.

Ottawa Municipal Auditorium is a step closer to having an advisory board.

Ottawa city commissioners wrapped up the final two candidate interviews Monday evening, but commissioners delayed seating the seven-member board until its April 21 study session.

Sara Caylor, Ottawa mayor, was called out of town unexpectedly and the commission thought it was important for all five commissioners to be present when selecting the first-time OMA advisory board, Linda Reed, mayor pro tem, said Monday. Reed ran Monday’s study session in Caylor’s absence.

Candidates for the seven-member advisory board are Nell Stockdall, Dennis Tyner, Paul Bean, Julie McAdoo, Jeanne Stroh, Becci Shisler, Mark Butterworth, John White, Leslie Quillen, Tiffany Evans, Tony Brown, Jack Bushman, Katie Butts, Brad Howard, Michelle Corbett, Amy McFadden, Allen Campbell, Mary Lyn Barnett, Aaron Harshaw and Rob Hale.

The advisory board is charged with helping establish a vision for future use of the auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, to make it a more integral part of the community.

The move to establish an advisory board came about after numerous discussions in the past few months among city commissioners and Richard Nienstedt, city manager, about the auditorium’s future. OMA is run as a city entity, and is funded through local tax dollars. OMA’s budget this year is $234,449, up from $202,128 allocated for the auditorium in 2013.

The advisory board will report directly to the city commission. Members serve on a voluntary basis.

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