OTTAWA — Ottawa council Monday approved a tax increment finance district that will allow for a sewer line to be moved to prepare for a retail development in Ottawa.
Amy Sealts, Putnam County CIC director of economic development, attended the meeting and requested the TIF agreement with Cocca Development.
There is a sewer main running through the property where developer Anthony Cocca plans to build a Dollar Tree at 203 Meadowglen Drive, next to Fort Jennings State Bank in Ottawa.
“A TIF is a way to redirect property taxes for new development when the village needs to pay for public infrastructure,” Sealts said.
The cost to move the sewer line is $24,000. With the village entering into a TIF agreement, some of the property taxes that are collected as a result of the development will be redirected to the village to pay for that work. The village will pay for the sewer line work, and as the property taxes are collected over an eight-year period, the village will be reimbursed.
Cocca plans to begin construction on the store in September and open in June 2020.
In other business, the council approved resolutions for work to be completed at the pool at Memorial Park.
A resolution was approved accepting the estimate from StruXure Outdoor Ohio, of Glandorf, not to exceed $39,631.80 for the construction of two shade structures at Memorial Pool.
Another resolution was approved for a $6,407 contract with Industrial Millwright Services for a stainless steel diving board base for Memorial Park.
The council approved a resolution accepting the proposal from Ward Construction Company for $6,300 to fill the concrete kids pool area at Memorial Swimming Pool.
The pool was originally scheduled to open Memorial Day, but due to re-decking and poor weather, the pool’s opening was delayed. The pool is scheduled to open next week, weather dependent, said Jack Williams, municipal director.
Plans also are to have a splash pad at the pool in the future.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the use of Memorial Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 for National Night Out with local law enforcement.
• Approved closing Oak Street for food truck events to be hosted from 3 to 8 p.m. on June 20, July 18, Aug. 22, and Sept. 19.
• Approved closing Oak Street for Rockin’ At The Rex July 12, as requested by the OG Jaycees and OG Rotary Club.
• Approved hiring three part-time officers for Ottawa Police Department, including Ryan McKinnon, Chad Randall and Grant Bradford.
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