OTTAWA —During their meeting on Monday, members of the Ottawa Village
Council were informed of interest to join the village on the part of
some nearby residents.
Village Administrator Jack Williams advised
council that property owners along State Route 65 approached the
village with a request for annexation in order to benefit from the
village’s water and wastewater systems. To initiate the process, the
residents were advised that a pre-annexation agreement is necessary as
the first step toward annexation.
“The pre-annexation agreement
basically protects the village on any future improvements that have to
be made that would be formed by the homeowners,” Williams said. “The
residents out there have indicated that they do want to tie into the
sewer and get that area sewered and drained.”
informed council that the County Engineer’s Office will conduct drainage
hearings to ascertain both the need for and support of annexation in
Assistant Village Administrator Jason Phillips
approached council with a report on a list of trees within the village
that require attention. The list, comprised of over 50 trees, was
compiled by an urban forester who visited the village earlier this year
and inspected trees for signs of disease and damage or that pose a
hazard for residents.
In discussing the list, council was advised
that the cost of addressing those trees requiring removal could top out
at over $40,000. With roughly $18,000 remaining in the Shade Tree
Commission’s budget, that potential expenditure could require
authorization from council.
As the project is set to be placed for bid, council opted to table the matter pending further input.
In other business, council:
accepted the donation to the village of 2.5 acres from Reese Real
Estate Development Partners. The land is surplus to that required for
the construction of a new Tractor Supply Company store on Meadow Glen
• authorized the mayor and clerk-treasurer to sign an offer
to purchase roughly four acres of land in the village’s industrial
park. The offer was made by Lakeside Propane.
• approved a
resolution accepting a proposal from Hohenbrink Excavating in the amount
of $15,616 for waterline taps in the right-of-way for the Putnam County
• approved a resolution accepting a
proposal from Ward Construction Company in the amount of $12,800 for the
adjustment of roughly 20 manhole to grade.
• accepted a letter of resignation from Utilities Operator Brittany Borsani, effective Feb. 24.
approved the purchase of a 2017 Chevrolet Caprice at a cost of
$26,966.59 as part of the Ottawa Police Department’s cruiser replacement
• approved a resolution allowing for an agreement
between the village and the State for a pre-disaster mitigation grant
program and appointing Denise Balbaugh as its designee for matters
related to the implementation of the grant.
The next regular meeting of the Ottawa Village Council is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the village offices.