OTTAWA — Ottawa Police Department Patrolman John Mullins was honored during Monday night’s Ottawa Village Council meeting for his 25 years of service.
Mullins, who attended the meeting, began his full-time employment with the village as a police officer on Sept. 9, 1994. His last day with the department was Monday, and D’Ante Baringer will replace him.
Mayor Dean Meyer read a proclamation declaring the week of Sept. 8 through 14 as “Officer Mullins Week” in the village where citizens are encouraged to express their thanks to Mullins.
He said the profession has changed a lot and is a younger man’s game.
“I will miss the camaraderie of all the officers being together and friends,” Mullins said. “I love helping people, keeping the community safe and helping as many people as I can.”
He is married to Tammy and they have a son and two grandchildren.
Ottawa Police Department Lt. Josh Strick said it has been an honor to serve with Mullins.
“We don’t get to see a lot of guys retire in this profession due to unforeseen circumstances. Some years we were losing people every two to three years,” Strick said.
The department has seven officers, a police chief and four part-time officers.
In other business, the council heard a request from Sarah Sager, 201 Village Drive, who requested to put a new home on a lot behind her existing home and sell the current home. She wanted the new home to be 27 feet from the road, but the plan commission rules are 40 feet. Meyer said she will need to have the property where she wants to place her new home re-platted.
“The council does not have the authority to determine setbacks that need to be reviewed by the plan commission,” Meyer said.
The council also:
• Set trick-or-treat hours from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.
• Rejected a request to allow bow hunting behind the fairgrounds as the village’s ordinance states hunting is not allowed within the village corporation.
• Rejected a request to accept funding from FEMA that would have allowed the village to purchase more homes to tear down for green space that would have been purchased through FEMA grants. The council’s concern is upkeep on lots.
• Approved a resolution authorizing the mayor’s signature on the computer network support agreement for $4,725 between Justice Data Solutions and the Village of Ottawa.
• Approved a resolution accepting a $7,966 change order for the wastewater treatment plant headworks improvement project.
• Approved a $5,000 quote for the removal of 31 trees on Second Street.
• Approved a contract with Bockrath & Associates Engineering and Surveying Inc. for $21,700 for engineering services related to the Indian Knoll Waterline Improvement Project.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.