Farmers markets are more than just an outlet for fresh produce and friendly farmers. According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics, these grassroots venues have increased in number by over 60% since 2009 to nearly 8,500 today. These markets preserve farmland, stimulate local economies, increase access to fresh nutritious food, improve community health, and promote sustainability. For example, growers selling locally create thirteen full time farm operator jobs per $1 million in revenue earned while those that do not sell locally only create three
A portion of the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail in Ottawa temporarily closed for repairs has reopened. The closure and work began July 20, Michael Haeffele, public works director, said. “About 200 feet south of 11th Street, the drainage tubes that flow water from the east side of the trail to the west had developed structural integrity issues,” he said. “This caused the embankment to cave in.”
Due to the windstorm that passed through town, the Public Works Department crews will collect limbs (from private yards) at curbside. Crews will pick up larger limbs today and make one pass through the City next week and one pass through the City the following week ending on July 31, 2015.
The event, which was postponed in May because of weather, has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at Kanza Park, 200 W. 13th St, Ottawa. “The Play Day is an opportunity for youth and families to get outside and play together as a community,” Fonda Rose, chairperson of the task force, said.
“The City was deeply troubled to learn of the proceedings against Mr. Bezek today. Citizens of the community can take comfort in knowing none of the issues raised in those proceedings concerned the legal business of the city or its citizens.”
The City of Ottawa, KS (Owner) will receive sealed bids until the date and time stated above for the construction of a single family dwelling located at 727 N. Main Street, Ottawa, KS. The work includes all site work, concrete paving and foundations, carpentry, roofing, casework, interior finishes, specialties, mechanical plumbing and electrical systems as required to complete the construction of the building per plans and specifications. Please note that all bidders should attend the Pre-Bid Meeting and shall verify that they have inspected the existing site conditions prior to submitting their bid.
The City of Ottawa Public Works Department aims to create a cost-friendly street maintenance program while maintaining the integrity of the streets for residents.
Michael Haeffele, public works director, said the department approached the proposed 2015 street improvement plan by comparing cost verses benefit. “Chip sealing and crack sealing streets are two of the less expensive ways of maintaining asphalt integrity,” he said. “Chip sealing also provides a new wear surface on the street. Plus, the old asphalt is sealed with a new layer of liquid asphalt.”
Two Ottawa High School graduates have joined the City of Ottawa staff as summer interns. Jaime Birzer, a senior at the University of Dallas, joined the city’s Finance Department, while Hayden Soph, a junior at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., joined the city’s Information Technology Department.
Sherman, who begins his position June 30, comes to Ottawa after serving as the director of the Douglas County Zoning and Codes Department in Lawrence. “Ottawa combines the smaller community feel with an active population,” Sherman said. “Having a university and being the county seat, Ottawa is a vibrant community that I am excited to be a part of.” A retirement last year led the Planning and Codes Department to review its structure and create this new position to better direct the building code activities, Wynndee Lee, planning and codes director, said.
City Commissioners approved naming a proposed new basketball court in Freedom Park “Henningsen Court” at their meeting Wednesday. The Play Task Force had requested the City Commission accept a recommendation for a naming of the proposed full-court basketball court at Freedom Park due to a gift from the Bill Henningsen Memorial fund.