OTTAWA - County commissioner John Love spoke during the monthly Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce meeting held on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Love spoke about the current things the commissioners have accomplished throughout the last year.
On Love's list of accomplishments was the $1 million expansion at the county airport. The county expanded the runway to accommodate new regulations put in place by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The newly updated runway is now 4500 feet long and 75 feet wide. Love said that currently, the county airport is the home of a few crop dusting businesses and a home for personal airplanes.
Another large accomplishment Love reported on for this year includes the opening of the new Putnam County Complex which was the former Weatherseal building. The building is eight acres in size and houses the Farm Bureau, Soil and Water offices, the OSU Extension office and the county recycling program.
The recycling program is a program that provides work for those on welfare and those needing work for cash assistance. The program is also a way for the county to reduce it's carbon footprint. Love also reported that the county complex facility houses the equipment and offices for the county NEG program, a program that is in place to clean up debris from the windstorm in July of this year. The county is expected to begin handing out firewood from the NEG program which will be done at the landfill's transfer station.
The county complex also provides parking for other county machinery and equipment and according to Love, helps with funding for the county fairgrounds.
"We can now say that the location of the fairgrounds begins at the railroad track and continues all the way around to the animal barns," said Love.
Love also said that other businesses that were affected by the flood utilizes space at the county complex. He said Ottawa's Thrift Store is one example of how they are helping local businesses by renting storage space for them.
Putnam Acres was another topic discussed during the Chamber lunch meeting. Love updated chamber members on the transfer of the nursing home facility to Trilogy that is expected to take place in January. Trilogy then plans to build a new facility in Putnam Parkway that will allow the company to combine services already given at the Meadows of Ottawa-Glandorf and Putnam Acres. Love also said that in exchange for the beds at Putnam Acres, Trilogy has agreed to transfer ownership of the Glandorf facility to the county. Love projected that the facility will be utilized for records storage and other office space that is out of the flood zone.
Love also talked about the County Road 5 expansion. He said the northern portion has been opened and work is expected to begin on the southern portion soon.
Love was also excited about the $2 decrease in the price of dog tags implemented by the county earlier this year. Love said that the general fund is holding strong although he will have a better projection closer to the end of the year. He anticipates the county sales tax to generate about $5 million this year.
Love said the Sheriff's office is currently negotiating about four union contracts which should be done early in 2013.