OTTAWA — This winter’s ongoing issue of snow removal monopolized much
of the Feb. 10 meeting of the Village of Ottawa council. Although Mayor
Dean Meyer led the agenda by reading a letter of gratitude from Putnam
County Probate and Juvenile Judge Mike Borer for the village’s winter
storm cleanup, discussion turned to improvement in the snow removal
Council member Tim Macke launched the exchange of views.
“The Eagles have pretty much filled up Railroad Avenue. I’d like to
request that we ask them to move that because that’s a thoroughfare that
should be open.”
Dan Lehman, Ottawa city garage manager, agreed
to speak with the organization about the issue. Council member Jeff
Ducey asked if Ottawa has an ordinance in place that requires parked
vehicles to be moved following the accumulation of a certain number of
inches. Upon affirmation that a snow route does exist within the
Village, Ducey asked, “What does that mean?”
are places around town that don’t have anything but on-street parking,”
said Meyer. Referring to a portion of Village documentation that
determines the need to move parked vehicles from snow routes upon the
“firm forecast of snow predicted to two inches or more, or whenever snow
reaches an accumulation of two inches or more,” Meyer said, “We don’t
even shovel at two inches or more now.”
Meyer continued by reading
from a Village ordinance that states “at such time no owner of any
vehicle shall permit the same to park or stand upon any of the parts of
the following streets: Main, Fourth, 11th, Agner, Pratt, Locust, Oak,
Taft, Elm to Perry, Perry to Elm, Maple.” Those who violate the
ordinance are considered guilty of a misdemeanor. Village Law Director
Joe Schroeder confirmed that the information read is Section 351.14 of
the Village ordinances.
“I’m not so much about the fining part,
but maybe we can get some better communication out there,” said Ducey,
to which Council Mmeber Jo Deskins responded that she will write an
article for the Village newsletter.
Other council business included:
Park lighting committee and council member Jo Deskins asked what the
Village will do to support the commitee’s capital campaign project.
Council is investigating support based on the amount of savings that
will be experienced through the installation of more energy-efficient
Clerk Treasurer Barb Hermiller provided highlights from an annual review of the Village’s investments wuth local banks.