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 City of Ottawa and Ottawa Municipal Auditorium will sponsor a free concert in September during the annual Ol’ Marais River Run. The Bop Daddies, a classic rock band from Topeka, will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in Forest Park in Ottawa.
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.
In preparation for the City’s annual water distribution system flushing program, the treatment process has been changed to a free chlorine disinfectant. Customers may experience a stronger than usual chlorine smell in their water as this works its way through the system. The chlorine odor should dissipate over time as it works to clean the system.
The City of Ottawa Public Works Department announces the 2016 Chip Seal Program to start the week of July 5th. The chip and seal process is an inexpensive way of creating an asphalt street where gravel used to be, or it also can be used as an inexpensive minor rehabilitation over an existing asphalt street.” Chip sealing gravel streets also helps to improve air quality by eliminating dust caused by gravel roads.
Attention citizens, the City of Ottawa, Kansas DOES NOT make phone calls to citizens to collect overdue/late utility payments. We ask that you NOT give out any personal information to anyone attempting this. Please notify your credit card companies and or bank if you have been affected by this immediately. The City of Ottawa will ONLY notify you via mail if there is going to be an interruption in your utility services. Please forward this information along.
The City of Ottawa Public Works Department will begin several street improvements next week “If the weather cooperates, the mill and overlay projects will start May 25 and are anticipated to be complete by June 3,” Public Works Director Michael Haeffele said. “Killough Construction will be completing the projects and should be contacting businesses and residents directly affected by the work.”