Ottawa council considers request on damaged light pole


By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@limanews.com



OTTAWA — Ottawa Village Council Monday heard a request for a light pole to be moved due to safety issues at Water Works Park in Ottawa.

Ottawa resident John Agner requested the council move the light pole that is by the Boy Scouts meeting location.

“The light pole is next to the driveway and it has been struck several times,” Agner said.

The light pole had been removed and the council previously approved it to be replaced.

Dan Lehman, public works director, said he will get price quotes on moving the light pole.

Mayor Dean Meyer said the city will consider the costs behind moving the light pole.

“It is a safety issue since it has been hit more than once. We need light out there for the scouts somewhere because it is dark out there,” Meyer said.

In other business the council heard an update from Joe Schroeder, law director, on the log cabin property at 1870 Smith Farm.

Schroeder said the auditor’s office will take the property to sale and there is a possibility the county may end up owning the property.

Meyer said the person who owned the cabin has back taxes on the property and it was an unsafe structure that the city requested to be taken down.

“Long story short, the owner has abandoned the property,” Meyer said.

Greg Luersman, the Putnam County auditor’s office real estate deputy, said it is a foreclosed property and there must be a sheriff’s sale that needs to be offered for sale twice and that is when the property is owned by the state of Ohio which it currently is.

The first time it is offered it can be for the amount that is back owed on taxes and the fees for a transfer.

The council also:

• Approved removing firefighters Ryan Hadding and Nathan Dram for probation status effective Feb. 11.

• Approved an ordinance on second reading for standing or parking for prohibited standing or parking places.

• Approved a resolution to extend a tree trimming contract with Tawa Tree Service Inc. for a third year from April 1 to March 2020.

• Approved a resolution and releasing money for payment of expenditures of the village.

By Jennifer Peryam

jperyam@limanews.com

Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.

Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.

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