OTTAWA — The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) has strongly
encouraged the Village of Ottawa to purchase equipment and be trained
to use cyanotoxin testing equipment at the municipal water treatment
plant, according to Jason Phillips, Ottawa’s Assistant Municipal
During Monday’s meeting of Ottawa Council, Phillips
asked council members to authorize Mayor Dean Meyer’s signature on an
OEPA grant application to support the testing equipment. The equipment
will be used to analyze algae on Ottawa’s reservoir.
incident that occurred in the city of Toledo, the EPA will release grant
money to purchase the equipment and training to do detailed analysis of
the algae,” said Phillips. “For us, it makes perfect sense so we can
ensure that we do not have any problems in our reservoir.”
added that Ottawa has never had an algae bloom that caused issues with
Ottawa’s water supply. He said that the grant caps at $10,000 and that
the equipment currently costs about $8,000. Municipal Director Jack
Williams told council that the equipment cost was only going to rise in
future. Phillips said that once the village has been approved for grant
funding, the equipment will be purchased and training arranged. Once
that is done, the village will be reimbursed through the grant. Council
Phillips also asked for the mayor’s signature on the
memorandum of understanding for leadership in the Blanchard flood
reduction project. Council President Tim Macke expressed concern about a
mitigating circumstances statement. Law Director Joseph Schroeder did
not see an issue, stating that the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District
was not asking to negotiate the language in the memorandum.
long as the Army Corps is forthcoming with the data that they have
produced already that shows the benefit and with and without elevations
[regarding the approach to the I-9 bridge], it should be easily
understood why the project needs to happen and why it’s the best thing
for the entire Lower Blanchard portion of Putnam County,” said Phillips.
Council member Dave Michel made the motion to authorize, which was seconded by Macke and approved by the other members.
member Jo Deskins spoke on behalf of the shade tree commission. She
said they are considering 35 species of trees that can be used to
replace those that have been removed in the village. She said that
Phillips will be attending an academy to learn more about site tree
matches in order for the village to make better choices as to what is
planted in Ottawa.
Council member Troy Yant reported on behalf of
the Park Board, noting that the old Memorial Park Lighting will be on
the block at the public auction scheduled for Sept. 27 at the Putnam
County Fairground. Meyer asked if the Memorial Park Capital Campaign
organization is aware that the lights will be auctioned. Deskins, who is
part of that group, said she was unaware prior to the Aug. 25 request.
Yant suggested auction of the lights be made contingent upon offers to
the Ottawa Baseball Association and any other groups in the park and
whether or not they accept the offer. Authorization was approved with
Public Works Supervisor Dan lehamn reported that new
LED lighting will be installed in Ottawa’s 20 mph signs and at school
crossings at a cost of $700 for 60 light bulbs. Lehman said the money
should be recouped within the first year through energy savings.
Fire Chief Dan Rieman asked council to authorize the sale of the fire
department’s 1980 Sutphen Aerial Firetruck at the auction. The ladder
truck failed to pass inspection so the village has purchased a used
ladder truck to replace it. Council authorized the sale at auction with a
reserve to be set by the fire chief.
Other council business included:
approval of a resolution accepting a $2,500 proposal from Bockrath and
Associates Engineering and Surveying LLC for a hydrologic and hydraulic
study for a second footbridge in Memorial Park;
• approval of a
resolution accepting a $2,500 proposal from Bockrath and Associates
Engineering and Surveying LLC for a pump replacement project at the
water treatment plant;
• authorization of a resolution authorizing
clerk-treasurer Barb Hermiller’s signature on a joint funding agreement
with the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S Department of the Interior, to
cover the three Blanchard River stream gauges that are part of the
village’s advanced flood warning system at a cost of $18,500, with
$1,000 of that to be reimbursed to the village by Ottawa Township and
$4,00 from the Putnam County Commissioners.