Food for Fines, October 3rd through the 14th. The City of Ottawa has partnered with ECKAN to help fill their food shelves. The Ottawa Municipal Court will be accepting non expired canned goods as a form of payment for parking tickets. 5 canned goods will equal $5.
The purpose of this media release is to educate the public concerning changes to the parking ordinance enacted earlier this month. The following information is specifically designed to minimize confusion about these changes in order to avoid unnecessary parking citations. Fines for exceeding time limits have not changed and are still $5.00 per violation.
The longtime manager of Ottawa Municipal Auditorium has announced her plans to step down. OMA Administrative Manager Shonda Stitt recently turned in her resignation, Ottawa City Manager Richard U. Nienstedt said. Her last day is Sept. 23. “We appreciate Shonda’s 19 years of service with the City of Ottawa,” he said. Director of Finance Scott Bird said Stitt’s knowledge of the facility will be missed.
The gift, which came through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, will help complete the first phase of the Teen Park. “We love the idea of the Teen Park and creating a place for fun and challenging features for our teens to use,” Mayor Sara Caylor said. “We are overwhelmed by this anonymous donor helping us make the dream a reality.
Shawn Dillon has been selected as the new assistant fire chief for the City of Ottawa. Dillon began his service with the Ottawa Fire Department in February 2006 as a firefighter/EMT-I. He was promoted to driver/operator in April 2008, lieutenant in October 2008 and captain in July 2014.
At 10:40 AM, KDHE lifted the water boil order for the City of Ottawa and surrounding areas. Residents in the City of Ottawa, City of Princeton, Rural Water #1, Rural Water #2, Rural Water #3 and Rural Water #4 can use tap water for all purposes. Following the repair of the water main break in Ottawa, the city flushed the systems and tested to make sure the water met state standards. The KDHE lab confirmed that the water samples met the state standards.
The Ottawa Play Task Force is excited to announce it will receive $10,000 to go toward the Ottawa Teen Park. The Franklin County Board of Commissioners and Ottawa Rotary Club each will donate $5,000 for the park, located just south of 15th Street across from Kanza Park.
Applications are now being taken for the following City of Ottawa Board positions. Applications and additional information about each board or commission can be found on the City’s webpage at http://www.ottawaks.gov/Government/BoardsandCommissions.
The Ottawa Municipal Auditorium Advisory Board continues to move forward on several facility improvements. A plaque honoring local residents who died in World War I recently was polished and rehung in the OMA’s lobby, 301 S. Hickory St. The facility formerly was called Memorial Auditorium in memory of those who died in World War I.
The City of Ottawa Finance Department has unveiled a new automated process to pay utility bills. A new payment kiosk recently was installed on the west side of Ottawa City Hall parking lot, 101 S. Hickory St. The kiosk allows utility customers the ability to make payments 24 hours a day, seven days a week.