Ottawa Council votes to restore damaged sections of municipal building

By Bryan Reynolds -

OTTAWA —Council unanimously passed a resolution during the meeting Monday accepting a construction bid from Schroeder Masonry, Inc., of Leipsic, for $25, 125 to perform restoration work on the village municipal building.

“We have some bricks falling from the bell tower and elsewhere,” said Jack Williams, municipal director.

Falling bricks are hazardous to pedestrians and the building itself, said Williams. According to the Schroeder Masonry quote sheet there are also rows of brick on the front and two sides of the building in need of removal and replacement. There are also concrete steps that have chipped away in need of replacement, along with sections of sidewalk that have become hazardous and need replacement, said Williams.

The brick rows around the windows, and the sills themselves, will undergo pressure washing and, according to the quote sheet, Tim Schroeder recommended replacing the metal on top of the municipal building shed.

“This is the only quote we have?” asked Councilperson John Salsburey.

The work on the municipal building will not begin until spring.

Council also unanimously passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Dean Meyer and Hermiller to sign a contract providing a wastewater supervisor to Miller City-New Cleveland Local School District.

Williams said Miller City was required to build their own wastewater treatment plant when the school was built. They do not, however, have their own supervisor for the plant and need outside help to be certain the system runs correctly, he said.

They could hire a licensed individual to fill the role, but it would be costly, Williams said. It would also put a great deal of strain on the individual they hired. The person would risk losing their license and if the individual wanted time off they would have to make arrangements to provide another licensed person to fill in for them, he said.

“We can give them a decent rate because we provide them with drinking water and are out there checking that system each day,” Williams said.

Ottawa charges Miller City an extra $550 a month to check on the wastewater system while checking the clean water system, he said. The rate has remained the same for two years now, said Hermiller. The contract is effective from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018.

By Bryan Reynolds

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