Rain Barrel Sale

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2021

Ottawa is Blooming Committee and The Conservation Foundation partner on Rain Barrel Sale
Ottawa, Illinois – The Ottawa is Blooming Committee is excited to announce its 6th annual rain barrel sale in partnership with The Conservation Foundation and Upcycle Products.

Rain barrels can be ordered online starting today. All online orders must be completed by Wednesday May 19, 2021.

Online Rain Barrel Purchase

Mail-in order forms are also available at City Hall and are due to Upcycle Products by Monday, May 17, 2021. The 55-gallon barrels cost $60 plus tax.

A composter is also available for residents interested in composting yard waste.

Rain barrels are containers that capture rainwater for later use in your garden, house plants, or to wash your car. Rain barrels effectively reduce the amount of rainwater that reaches the city’s sewer system and can help prevent the occurrence of drainage backups. City-wide use can help reduce flooding, as every gallon captured matters. The barrels also reduce pollution by capturing water that would otherwise mix with pesticides and automobile fluids that eventually flow to the river.

There will be a pickup day event held on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Gardens Gate – 611 Dayton Road, Ottawa, IL 61350 between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Rain barrels will not be sold at this event. They must be preordered.
The City of Ottawa Rain Barrel Program is consistent with city’s Combined Sewer Separation Long-term Control Plan, the Ottawa Flood Commission’s Campaign for Public Information, and the Ottawa is Blooming Committee’s environmental initiatives.

The Ottawa is Blooming Committee is tasked with helping Ottawa blossom through gardening, recognition of historic preservation efforts, celebrating Ottawa’s culture, promoting the arts, and implementation of environmental stewardship and projects.

Riordan Pool Manager Position Available

City of Ottawa-Riordan Pool Manager

Position: Pool Manager-Seasonal
Salary: $8,000 starting salary.
Position is FMLA exempt

Interested candidates should submit a resume and a letter of application to:

Ottawa Recreation
City Hall
301 West Madison Street
Ottawa, Illinois 61350

OR email to: cityrec@cityofottawa.org

Resumes are due on or before April 23, 2021.

Requirements:
· 2 years in management or supervision of young workers
· Be certified and maintain current Life-guarding, CPR Professional Rescuer, and First Aid through American Red Cross, YMCA or equivalent organization.
· A strong background in budgeting, education, and athletics is desirable
· A strong background in public relations is desirable as you will be dealing with patrons on a daily basis
· Able to lead a staff of 15-25 pool employees
· Able to provide written summaries of financial accounts and management decisions to the City Rec Board

Responsibilities:

  1. The pool Manager will oversee daily operation of the pool including staff, concessions, training, and income. They will report to the Recreation Director.
  2. Work closely with the Pool Maintenance Manager in order to comply with all local, state, and federal regulations on pool chemical readings, pump/filter operation and any necessary documentation.
  3. Prepare the annual budget including salaries, gate income, and income/expense of concession stand.
  4. Work with Captain of the guard to hire pool staff. This will include certified lifeguards or concession staff.
  5. Prepare staff schedule and oversee staff in their performance of daily duties.
  6. Prepare and maintain a staff manual which includes: staff rules, pool/slide/dive rules, emergency action plans for major/minor emergencies & spinal for all areas of the facility: pool, Locker rooms, concession stand. Manual should include procedures on in-service training, weather, pool closed days, and staff needing time off.
  7. Oversee depositing of income on a daily basis & submit monthly reports to the rec board.
  8. Submit invoices on a daily basis. Monitor income/expenses and report significant deviations to the Rec Director.
  9. Make sure all equipment is good working condition and replace as needed.
  10. Supervise all staff and make recommendations for hiring, re-hiring, and termination.
  11. Good communication with the Rec Director on a daily basis.
  12. 2 days off per week with these conditions: Cannot be 2 consecutive days or 2 weekend days unless OK’d by Rec Director and assistant managers are able to cover. Should work 70% of the hours the pool is open.
  13. Work with Rec Director & board on pool public relations.
  14. Train assistant mangers and staff and review their duties on a regular basis.
  15. Oversee staff continuing education and physical fitness preparedness.
  16. Attend Recreation Board Meetings in May, June, July, August, and September. The board meets the second Thursday of every month at 7pm at Ottawa City Hall.

2021 Community Garden Information

Ottawa is Blooming is very excited to have you be part of Ottawa’s Community Garden. A community garden means many things to many people; a community garden to some may be a place to grow food and herbs, while others may choose to simply grow flowers, connect with nature, relieve stress or just enjoy being outdoors. Others may take part in the garden to be a part of the community and share their knowledge and love of gardening.

Regardless of why you have chosen to be part of the garden, we welcome you and look forward to seeing you at the garden.

Happy growing!

Click here for more Community Garden Information

Fiber Optic Broadband-Interested?


SURF BROADBAND SOLUTIONS
CONTACT: Liz Burnham
EMAIL: lizburnham@surfbroadband.com

Surf Broadband Solutions has a signed expression of interest letter with the City of Ottawa to evaluate the building of fiber optic internet in the City. Surf is in discussion with City leadership and working on next steps to establish a plan for fiber optic broadband to connect to the homes and businesses. To help us gauge interest go to: iwantfiber.today to sign up if you want fiber internet.

“This will be a fantastic opportunity to our citizens as everyone will eventually have access to dependable high-speed internet. As more people choose to work remotely, this will make our City a preferred location to live and work. We are excited to begin this partnership with Surf Broadband Solutions,” said Mayor Dan Aussem.

Surf Broadband is breaking down the barriers to switch from old outdated traditional internet services direct to fiber internet to the home connection.

Here is how Surf Broadband Solutions is different than traditional cable and telephone providers:
● No Data Caps or Overages fees – with the need for remote work and school your household is likely to use more data. Other providers have become stricter and are charging for overages.
● No Contracts – we are confident that you will love your fiber internet service and therefore we will work hard to keep you as a valuable customer and will not lock you into a contract like other providers do.
● Same upload and download speed – E-Learning and video conferencing has changed the way we use all the internet. Surf provides symmetrical upload and download to eliminate glitchy video conferencing.
● Whole-Home Wi-Fi – We provide a fully supported state of the art whole home Wi-Fi option that is capable of handling the bandwidth a fiber optic broadband connection delivers meaning you can do E-Learning, remote work, stream video, play games anywhere in your house.

Surf Broadband Solutions
Surf Broadband Solutions is the premier broadband provider in Northern Illinois, Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan since 2010. Our mission is to provide the greatest number of people with the best possible access to the internet. We serve these areas with offices in LaPorte, IN, Coal City, IL, Elkhart, IN, and Byron Center, MI and Rock Falls, IL. The Surf Broadband Solutions network uses the latest technology available, so our customers experience fast, reliable internet to enhance their daily lives. Connect Further. Faster. www.surfbroadband.com Surf Broadband Solutions is The Future Of Home Internet.

Phase 4 – Public Property Use

FROM: Office of the Mayor
City of Ottawa
301 W. Madison Street
Ottawa, Illinois 61350

Events in Public Parks
As Illinois is now moving into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, restrictions are easing again, including the gathering of larger groups. As groups of 50 people or less are permitted in Phase 4, the City is again permitting groups or committees to host events in the public parks, such as Art in the Park or Music in the Park, as long as the Phase 4 social distancing guidelines are followed. The guidelines from the DCEO include, but are not limited to:

  1. Social distancing will be required between groups that are not members of the same household or party. It is up to the event holder to design a plan to ensure social distancing measures are being followed, such as designating areas that are 6 ft apart and having a designated person ensure social distancing measures are being followed.
  2. Groups should be limited to 50 people or less; however, multiple groups are permitted as long as 30 feet of distancing is maintained between groups.
  3. Attendees should wear face coverings to and from the event, but attendees are permitted to remove the face coverings while in a designated area or are 6 feet apart from others not in their household or party.

If a group or committee would like to host an event in a public park, please contact the Special Events Coordinator, Heidy, at 815-433-0161 Ex. 131 and provide the City with the event you wish to host and plans to ensure the phase 4 social distancing guidelines are met. Permission from the City will be required prior to hosting any events in the public parks.

Additionally, the City Council, Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings continue to be open to the public following the new phase 4 guidelines.

The City would again like to thank the community for their cooperation and continued support during the phased reopening of the City of Ottawa.

Lead / Copper Notification

The City of Ottawa found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes/buildings in our community. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and children 6 years and younger. Please read the following notice closely to see what you can do to reduce lead in your drinking water and learn what the City of Ottawa is doing to address this problem. For more information please call Dave Erwin Asst. Superintendent Water/Wastewater @ 815-433-0161 Ext. 312 or visit www.CityofOttawa.org

Lead in Drinking Water Information

Water Survey

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires every water supplier to develop and implement a comprehensive cross connection control program for the elimination of existing cross connections and prevention or protection from all future cross connections. Regulations are in place to protect our drinking water systems

A requirement of the program is to conduct a survey of all water customers every two years. All Ottawa water customers will receive a survey post card in the mail soon, if not already.

Please simply follow the directions on the post card and complete the online survey shortly after you receive the card.

The contractor hired to implement and oversee Ottawa’s program is Aqua Backflow from Elgin, IL. They specialize in cross connection control program management. Note that if you have or require backflow protection, you may be notified for compliance (installations, testing, or repairs) by Aqua Backflow. Please contact them at info@AquaBackflow.com or 847-742-2296 with any questions.

Ottawa’s Cross Connection Control Program is designed to safeguard public health.  We ask for your cooperation with our program, its enforcement, and any requests for information that comes from Aqua Backflow or utility staff.