1. October 10th - 12th, 2015: League of Kansas Municipalities annual conference at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 Southwest Topeka Blvd, Topeka, Kansas. 2. November 4, 2015- November 7, 2015, National League of Cities annual conference, Music City Center, 201 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee. 3. Please be advised the City of Ottawa will hold a Special Call Commission Meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm at the Olathe Community Center.
Graves, director of materials management for Ransom Memorial Hospital, was selected Oct. 5 after commissioners conducted interviews with six other candidates. The appointment will be voted on at the commission’s Oct. 7 meeting.
Elementary schools in Ottawa will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 7, 2015. Students from Lincoln, Garfield and Eugene Field schools will be walking and rolling to school Wednesday along with parents, teachers and community leaders. Mayor Mike Skidmore and Commissioner Linda Reed will walk with students to Garfield Elementary.
Tom Riederer has been chosen to serve as the interim executive director for the Franklin County Economic Development Council. Riederer, who lives in Lenexa and recently retired, has more than 40 years of experience in economic development. “Tom was involved with all of the development that has occurred in southwest Johnson County in Gardner over the past several years,” Ryan Henningsen, FCDC Board president, said.
The City of Ottawa will close Forest Park Oct. 7 to reduce weeds and work on beautification efforts. The park will be closed from the morning of Oct. 7 through the morning of Oct. 8 to ensure public safety while the park is being sprayed and to allow any residual chemicals to dry, Michael Haeffele, public works director, said. “We have had a lot of complaints about dandelions and other weeds in the park and want to do what we can to keep the park an inviting place for activities,” he said.
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. Board members serve without compensation. Questions? Please contact Glora at (785) 229-3637.
Plans are underway to add bike lines on the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail section that runs along Walnut Street in Ottawa. Earlier this summer, at the request of the City of Ottawa’s planning commission, a development group was formed of local residents to generate ideas and solutions for downtown, particularly as they relate to adding interest in developing areas other than Main Street, Wynndee Lee, planning and codes director, said.
The City of Ottawa has passed the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s levee accreditation process for the Marais des Cygnes River Levee System. The approval was a four-year process, Wynndee Lee, planning and codes director, said. “This required an extensive review of the construction design, the current status of both its sides, operations, maintenance and other factors,” she said.
Would you like to be involved in deciding the direction of Ottawa’s Municipal Auditorium? We currently have an opening on our Ottawa Municipal Auditorium Advisory Board. This is a three year term and the Board currently meets monthly during the work day. Each member is appointed by the Governing Body and serves without compensation.
The City of Ottawa recently completed several improvements and has plans for additional upgrades at Ottawa Municipal Airport. Ten new hangars have been added to the airport, 2178 Montana Road, with a total of 14 on site, Jack Miller, chairman of the airport advisory board, said.