Floodplain Message – April 11, 2024

Mowing grass into the street is not allowed by City Code.  Grass clippings can clog storm drains, increase flooding potential, cause water quality and floodplain issues and ultimately cost taxpayers money.  Please do not mow grass into the street.  If you see grass being mowed into the street contact the City of Ottawa at 815-433-0161 ext. 225 or 230.

Tree Planting Program

City of Ottawa Cost-Sharing Tree Planting Program

The City of Ottawa announces that its cost-sharing tree planting program remains open for residential and commercial participants. 

Residents and commercial property owners within the City of Ottawa are eligible to participate in the program, which offers the opportunity to have a two-inch tree planted in the parkway (berm) in front of their property.  Participants will pay a flat rate of $100 per tree.  Each participant may apply for multiple trees per lot, subject to availability and space.

Participation in this program will be on a first-come, first-served basis until all trees are allocated.

Press Release: see attachment

Program Details: see attachment

Application:  see attachment

Flood Insurance

Flood Insurance

Did you know that flood insurance is available to everyone living in the City of Ottawa, including renters?  Did you know Ottawa residents receive up to 40% discount on flood insurance premiums?  Contact your insurance agent today to find out if your property and/or your possessions are covered by flood insurance.  Or check out https://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance   

Manual Meter Notice

Manual Meter Notice

Beginning March 1, 2024, the city will begin billing accounts with manual meters according to Municipal Code 106-151, Section C as follows:

All existing residential meters that are replaced must be replaced with a radio reading type. The water and sewer department will contact customers to schedule replacement of meters. After April 30, 2024, a $10 per month fee will be added to bills where the city has been unable to install the radio read type meters until the meter is replaced. Customers may voluntarily request a radio reading meter.