By Marlena Ballinger
OTTAWA - During Monday evening's council meeting, Ottawa Village council approved a third reading that will allow for the use of golf carts within the village.
According to the ordinance, all golf carts that are utilized in the village must pass an inspection by the village's police chief. After the inspection the owner will be issued a sticker that shows that the cart is certified for use within the village. The inspection will be looking for items similar to a vehicle inspection done by the state of Ohio. Inspections can be done by making an appointment with the police department and vehicles will only be allowed on authorized streets within the village.
Separately, council voted to work with a Charter Review committee and a wage committee to review some of the personnel items on the Village's charter. The study will be done in 2013 with a goal to be completed by mid-year. This is because if anything needs changed on the village's charter, then it must go before the voters.
Council is recommending that the committees review the compensation packages of council members, a package that includes health insurance benefits. Health insurance remains a hot topic for council after several residents have complained that the village is paying for council's health insurance. Last month, council passed a resolution that showed a good faith effort to pay 70 percent of its insurance premiums, however compensation for council is spelled out in village's charter.
Other items council approved include the following:
a resolution accepting the purchase of a 2004 Ford F550 truck for $16,780.
a resolution authorizing for repairs to be done to the Girl Scout House located in Waterwork Park. The repairs are estimated to cost $713.
a resolution authorizing the purchase and construction of a sign for the entrance to the Highland Industrial park in Ottawa. The money for the sign will be purchased through the same grant that allowed for the installation of a turn lane and intersection improvement into the park.
The next village council meeting will be on a special night due to the Christmas holiday. It will be held on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.