OTTAWA — The Village of Ottawa had a total investment in 2018 of over $6 million, Ottawa Mayor Dean Meyer told village Chamber members Tuesday.
Meyer gave his State of the Village address at Touches From The Heart in Glandorf attended by approximately 40 members.
He said $3.2 million of the $6 million was for new homes and home improvements. The remaining $2.8 million investment was in commercial growth.
The Water Treatment Plant is in the process of major improvements and the village is working with the Ohio EPA on some items that need upgraded. The village council recently contracted with an engineering firm to complete the design, which should be finished the first half of this new year.
“The total investment in the water treatment plant by the time all the required improvements are met will be about $6 million,” according to Meyer.
The village is working on major improvements to the wastewater plant.
Another upcoming project will be the improvements to Lincoln, Jackson and Buckeye Streets by Hirzel Canning.
“The existing road base at this entrance into the industrial park is insufficient and the proposed curbing will provide structural support to the pavement,” Meyer said.
The village expects to receive approximately $200,000 in grant money and $200,000 in zero-interest loan money for the project.
Other projects accomplished were the opening of Casey’s General Store that opened last spring and Ottawa Feed and Grain putting up a new grain bin. McDonald’s is finishing a major interior renovation and Cliff Schroeder from County Electric and Powerhouse added a steel building measuring over 36,000 square feet off of Locust Street. Hohenbrink Excavating will construct a 6,000-square-foot structure this year and Ottawa Self Storage built two new storage units off of South Perry Street.
“It’s exciting and very encouraging to see all of these investments in Ottawa,” Meyer said.
Ottawa Village Council is in the process of implementing wage increases for village employees based on a study that was commissioned back in March 2017. The study assessed how salaries compare to other municipalities based on population and proximity.
“This attempt to offer competitive wages should allow the village to retain current and attract new employees necessary to operate efficiently under ever increasing mandates,” Meyer said.
He thanked all of the civic organizations for the work they do in the community.
Meyer also thanked the village council for all the time that is put into the community and also to the village employees.
“It’s been a great year and I look forward to 2019,” Meyer said.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.