OTTAWA — Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday received an update on village projects during its monthly meeting.
Jack Williams, municipal director, provided the update to members at The Schnipke Inn.
“We have been busy this last year and will be busy the next few years as we have quite a few projects going on in the village,” Williams said.
He said the village’s water plant is undergoing remodeling, renovations and upgrades that are required by EPA. The plant was built in 1971 and went into operation in 1972 and is need of upgrades and repairs, according to Williams.
Screening will be installed at the Wastewater Treatment Plant that will cause treatment costs to decrease. The project will cost $2.1 million to $2.7 million and Pederson Construction has been awarded the contract and will start the project June 10. The village is looking at phosphate reduction in Lake Erie.
He said the public works department has replaced and relined pipes in its system since the early 1980s.
“We are presently spending between $700,000 to $1 million annually to repair and replace roads and concrete structures,” Williams said.
He also provided an overview of the police department and said the department is in the process of replacing vehicles and the fire department has requested to purchase pumper and equipment trucks. The village’s deputy clerk treasurer Erin Hughes is retiring July 31 after 17 years and Julie Niese-Pedrosa will fill the position and has been training since January under Hughes.
He said the village is working on improvements at the Ottawa Pool to redeck and repaint the pool and fill in the old baby pool and create a splash pad.
“We want it to be a destination, and I think it will be,” Williams said. New security systems will be installed in all of the parks in Ottawa.
Tim Macke, Greenspace Development Committee chair, provided an update on the greenspace project that is occurring in Ottawa.
The project is to turn unused bare properties into purposeful, creative assets to the village.
Phase one was the construction of the Rex Center Park last year that is a stage pavilion in downtown Ottawa.
The second phase is creating two soccer fields located between Maple and Sugar streets and trees have been removed to get the project started. The plan is to reseed the area so the area will be ready to be used for the fall 2020 soccer season.
The third phase of the project is to create canoe access, a picnic area and bike and walking trail at Arrowhead Park in 2020 behind the U.S. 224 bridge.
“We are constantly thinking how we can make this a better place for Ottawa and citizens of Putnam County,” Macke said.
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