OTTAWA - With the issue of water rentention close to the heart of flood mitigation, Village of Ottawa council members are considering rebates to residents who install rain barrels in 2014.

Phil Martin, watershed coordinator for the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership, presented the proposal to council on Sept. 9. The presentation was made at the request of council president Tim Macke. Macke, who also serves on the BWRP advisory board, first broached the idea at the Aug. 26 meeting. On behalf of BRWP, he asked council to consider giving a one-time $20 rebate on residential water bills pending proof of home rain barrel installation.

"Tim asked me to bring samples of programs from other communities," said Martin. "One option is that we [BRWP] will provide rain barrels at our cost. Right now that's $35 for the barrel itself."

Martin explained that he was not at the meeting to ask for an immediate decision as the program will not be ruled out until spring. If council does decide to implement the program, Martin will work with Macke and Ottawa Water Director Jason Phillips to develop the final criteria.

Other council business at the Sept. 9 meeting:

• Clerk-Treasurer Barbara Hermiller asked for a procedural feedback regarding businesses who are reluctant to provide state-requested information for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.

• Village Administrator Jack Williams reported roof leaks at the Putnam County Educational Service Center have caused 400,000 recent power surges. The issue is with flashing and repair is needed.

• Mayor Dean Meyer announce Ottawa trick or treat is set for Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 7 p.m.