OTTAWA — Ottawa Mayor Dean Meyer provided a state of the city address Tuesday on the village’s accomplishments in 2019 and goals for 2020.
Meyer gave his annual address to Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce members at Henry’s.
He said 2019 was a busy year for the Village of Ottawa with building permits totalling over $4,600,000.
“This figure includes business renovations, new homes and home additions,” Meyer said.
He said there have been business additions and expansions in Ottawa.
Cancun Mexican Restaurant, the Partners 1st remodel as well as the Putnam County Courthouse renovation are just a few of the transformations in the village. Dollar Tree is under construction on Meadow Glen Drive, Hohenbrink Excavating expanded operations to the Industrial Park and the Olive Tree Boutique moved to its new location on East Main Street.
The village received approximately $580,000 in grants this past year. The majority of that was attributed to acquisition and demolition projects for flood mitigation.
The village contracted with Poggemeyer Design Group and Peterson Construction Co. to complete Headworks Screening Facility Improvements Project. There was $2,500,000 invested by the village for much needed upgrades to enhance the efficiency of the wastewater treatment process.
Beginning in 2020 and going into the next few years the village will work on the water treatment plant as well. The village will invest approximately $5,000,000 in improvements and upgrades to the 1973 facility that is still using some of its original components, according to Meyer.
Memorial Park & Pool saw many improvements in 2019. The Rotary Club contributed half the cost of resurfacing the parking lot off Eleventh Street. The Rotary Club, along with village personnel, were also responsible for converting the mulch walking path.
Nearly $200,000 was invested in the pool in 2019, improving both the safety and aesthetics. Some of those improvements include: a new Graniflex coating on the entire pool deck and interior of the pool house, a new diving board base fabricated by Industrial Millwright, three new shade structures, a new circuit breaker panel and the former baby pool was filled in.
“I am optimistic these improvements will encourage pool attendance for the 2020 season and the pool becoming a destination not only for Ottawa residents, but the county,” Meyer said.
The Rex Center Park was an addition to the downtown last year and was used by many civic organizations in 2019 for various events. The Greenspace Development Committee organized Food Truck Thursdays hosted at the park. The third Thursday of the warmer months invited residents to the Rex Center Park to enjoy dinner.
The initial phase of the West End Soccer Field construction got underway in 2019. Although the weather this past fall did not cooperate to start the excavation process, once complete, the fields will provide a great space for families to gather and cheer on the younger Titans.
Meyer said he anticipates Maumee Conservancy District bidding out the diversion channel in January 2020. This is a remedy suggested by the Army Corps of Engineers as meeting the cost/benefit ratio and will make a 6- to 8-inch difference in flooding in town. This along with the lowering of the I-9 bridge approach and buying houses affected by flooding (HMGP properties) is estimated to lower the river level by over 18 inches during floods.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.