The City of Ottawa mayor and two commissioners recently attended a leadership conference for newly elected and experienced officials. Mayor Mike Skidmore and Commissioners Sara Caylor and Sharon Geiss attended the Governing Body Institute and Kansas Mayors Conference May 15-16 in Topeka. The conference, put on by the Kansas League of Municipalities, provides elected and appointed city leaders an opportunity to discuss challenges facing cities and focuses on how leadership at the local level can better address contemporary issues in local government.
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The City of Ottawa has scheduled flood gate maintenance for later this month. The work will begin at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 31, with hopes of completion by 10:30 a.m. the same day, Michael Haeffele, public works director, said.
After nearly 28 years of service with the City of Ottawa, City Attorney Bob Bezek is set to retire next month. Bezek came to Ottawa in the late 1980s to join the staff of Anderson & Byrd and has been involved with the city’s legal work ever since. Bezek, along with Annette Burnett, Joyce Hendrix and Forrest Lowry, started Bezek, Lowry & Hendrix, in the early 1990s.
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.”
The City of Ottawa’s Accessibility Advisory Board has launched a survey to explore the need for additional public transportation options. “Public transportation is a very vital part of many communities around the country,” JoAnne Fluke, who serves on the advisory board, said. “We’d love to hear the community’s thoughts on how and if public transportation needs to be further developed in Franklin County.”
“The band will cover many different styles of music,” he said. “We will, of course, play patriotic music, marches and music from different countries but also will take a musical ride to the Wild West.”
Paquette said he would like to add additional musicians from middle and high schools to the band.
“I plan to choose music that will be playable for this age group, in hopes they will come and be a part of this talented group of musicians,” he said. All concerts, which are free and open to the public, will be at 7:30 p.m. at the gazebo in Ottawa City Park, Fifth and Main streets, unless otherwise indicated.
A student in the University of Kansas’ Master of Public Administration program has joined the City of Ottawa staff for a year-long internship. Donyell Wolfe, who is originally from Little Rock, Ark., recently completed a year-long internship with the League of Kansas Municipalities.
The City of Ottawa will conduct its annual citywide cleanup weekend in June.
The cleanup weekend, set for Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, is an opportunity for residents to dispose of unsightly items like old tires, brush and tree limbs, Michael Haeffele, city public works director, said.
The City of Ottawa soon will install back-in parking stalls on Hickory Street, on the west side of City Hall, as part of an effort to test the ease of back-in parking procedures.Back-in parking is similar to both parallel and standard angle parking, Wynndee Lee, planning and codes director, said. The driver enters the stall by stopping and backing up. When leaving the stall, the driver can pull out of the stall and has a better view of the oncoming traffic, she said.