OTTAWA — Following action taken at Monday’s Village of Ottawa regular
meeting of council, a new member took his seat on council, a new,
working ladder truck will soon join the fire department’s fleet and a
camera system will troll the depths of the village’s sewers.
accepted the resignation of Dave Michel from the Ottawa Volunteer Fire
Department. Minutes later, Michel took the oath of office so that he
could take his seat at the council table. Michel replaces former council
member Jeff Ducey who resigned on June 9. One of Michel’s first votes
was on the 2015 budget for the village following a public hearing at
8:10 p.m. The budget passed with no changes.
The fire department
itself is that much closer to having an approved, working ladder truck
in its fleet of emergency vehicles. Council voted to authorize Mayor
Dean Meyer’s and Clerk-Treasurer Barb Hermiller’s signatures on loan
documents towards the purchase of a Smeal fire truck. Ottawa Fire Chief
Dan Rieman told council that, following his inspection of the vehicle
which is located in Huntsville, Alabama, the dealer has replaced the
transmission, a value of $14,350. Rieman said the transmission’s
warranty will transfer to the Village of Ottawa. A new seat will also be
added to the main cab. Rieman anticipates that the new ladder truck
will be delivered to Ottawa no later than the beginning of August.
heard the third reading of Ordinance #14-10, one authorizing the
purchase of a Chevy 350 DRW cutaway mounted mainline TV inspection
system base unit. Simply put, the equipment is a camera that will move
through Ottawa’s sewer system, allowing the village to address the Ohio
Environmental Protection Agency requirement to clean, inspect, combat
and correct the infiltration of river water into Ottawa’s wastewater
treatment system. Up to this point, the village contracted the use of a
The purchase of the camera and the hiring of two new
full-time employees who, in addition to other duties, would operate the
equipment, has been a controversial issue in council. A move to suspend
the rules that required three public readings of the ordinance and pass
it on emergency failed to receive the necessary number of member votes
at the June 2 council meeting.
“I have one final question,” asked Meyer. “Is this the camera we want?”
Wastewater Director Doug Schroeder confirmed. On Monday night, the
ordinance passed five-to-one in favor of the camera’s purchase in the
amount of $172,090.26.
Other council business included:
• an internship overview provide by community development intern Alina Raulinaitis;
• consideration of 2015 financial commtitment to the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership;
passage of a resolution accepting a proposal in the amount of $8,625
from All Purpose Contracting, Inc. to repair the stone walking path
around the water treatment plant reservoir.