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.”

Williams further informed council that the County Engineer’s Office will conduct drainage hearings to ascertain both the need for and support of annexation in that area.

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 Drive.

• 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 Agricultural Society.

• 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 program.

• 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.