OTTAWA — Village of Ottawa residents may see relatively minor increases in their water rates over the next three years.

Addressing expenses incurred in vital improvements to the village’s water system, council heard the first reading of an ordinance increasing water rates in Ottawa by 7%, 5%, and 3% in 2021, 2022, and 2023, respectively.

In discussing the matter, Council President Dave Michel questioned Clerk-Treasurer Barbara Hermiller as to whether residents in the Villages of Bluffton and Glandorf — both of which receive their potable water from Ottawa — would also see increases.

“Bluffton and Glandorf have their rates based on their contract,” Hermiller said.

“But they will see an increase?” Mayor Dean Meyer asked.

“They are seeing an increase,” Hermiller responded.

Municipal Director Jack Williams advised council he discussed the matter with officials in both villages, and no objections were raised to the proposed increase.

Williams also told council there will be no increase in wastewater rates in the village.

“Sewer looks good for the outlying future,” Williams said. “It looks really good. You have to remember, for the sewer, we just paid off a bond that was twice what we just did at the wastewater plant. So there was significant savings on that alone.”

Councilor Jo Deskins revisited a concern council discussed years ago: visibility at the intersection of Agner and Main Streets.

Deskins commented on an issue with a parking lot at the corner. More to the point, the vehicles parked there.

“I love the great business there at Guys and Dolls, but you cannot see,” Deskins said. “Cars aren’t pulling up all the way in that spot. It’s a good thing for their business, and I hate to dampen their business, but something’s got to be done or somebody’s going to get clipped there.”

Contributing to the problem is a gradual curve along Main Street as it approaches the intersection.

Meyer advised council that he and Police Chief Rich Knowlton will review the situation, and take steps to alleviate the issue.

On a different, and much more congenial matter, Deskins announced the master plan for tree planting in the village is complete.

“Thanks to Lynn Hirzel, all that information has been transferred to the village map, color-coded, what types of tree are recommended based on the soil and location, and all that sort of thing,” Deskins said.

In other business, council:

• authorized the closure of Oak Street from Main Street to the alley on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a Maker’s Market hosted at Rex Center Park.

• approved a resolution accepting a change order from Hohenbrink Excavating, LLC, in an amount not to exceed $2,699.39 for the replacement of a driveway and extending to the right-of-way for the Pleasant Drive Roadway Reconstruction Project.

• authorized the mayor’s and clerk-treasurer’s signatures on a pre-annexation agreement with Kyle Niese.

The next regular meeting of the Ottawa Village Council is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building.