West Portion of Allen Park – Temporary Closure


West Portion of Allen Park – Temporary Closure

City of Ottawa commissioner Marla Pearson has announced the westerly portion of Allen Park will be closed to all traffic and parking beginning at 6:00 a.m. Monday, October 3, 2022.

Weather permitting, contractors will begin resurfacing the parking lot and boat ramp areas located west of the park’s roadway entrance. The project is expected to take a week to complete. The parking lot and boat ramp will remain closed during that time.

That portion of Allen Park will be reopened for public use and boat launching as soon as possible following completion of the resurfacing.

Sale of Real Property – 538 St. George Street

ORDINANCENO. 048-2022

AN ORDINANCEAUIBORIZING THE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY OWNED BY THE CITY OF OTTAWA AND PROVIDING FOR PUBLIC NOTICE THEREOF

(538 St. George St.)

Whereas, the City of Ottawa, Illinois, owns 538 St. George St., Ottawa, IL 61350 and is more fully described below:

Lot 16 in Block 19 in Ottawa Center, in the City of Ottawa, County of LaSalle, and State of Illinois.
PIN: 21-12-115-011

Whereas, the City Council of the City of Ottawa, Illinois has determined it is no longer necessary, appropriate, or in the best interest of the City of Ottawa to retain title to said parcel of real estate, and that said parcel of real estate is not required for the use of, or profitable to, the City of Ottawa.

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Ottawa Water Department Flushing Schedule-Fall, 2022

Ottawa Water Department Flushing Schedule – Fall 2022

Monday, October 03
• Hydrants on Madison Street from Boyce Memorial Drive east to Sycamore Street and north to the I-M Canal.
Tuesday, October 04
• Hydrants on West Main Street from Fillmore Street west to Boyce Memorial Drive and south to Ottawa Avenue

Wednesday, October 05
• Hydrants south of Illinois Avenue and west of Leland to the Illinois River.
• Hydrants on Phelps Street from Boyce Memorial Drive to Elm Street, Cactus Street, Vine Street and Fern Street, including Pilkington.

NO FLUSHING 10/06/2022
NO FLUSHING 10/07/2022

Monday, October 10
• Hydrants on the east side located between the Fox and Illinois Rivers, including Canal Road.
Tuesay, October 11
• Downtown/Columbus & LaSalle Streets
• Heritage Harbor

Wednesday, October 12
• East Norris Drive, east of the Fox River.
• Ottawa Industrial Park & Champlain Street between Norris Drive and Goose Creek

Thursday, October 13
• Bellevue Avenue and all intersecting streets.
• Gracefield Subdivision.
Friday, October 14
• Etna Road, east of Route 23.
• Oak Ridge Drive, Circle Drive, Meadow Lane, Delaney Drive, Charles Court, Hillside Avenue, Everette Road and Avon Lane.
• Turnberry Subdivision
• Reynolds Manor

Mondayday, October 17
• West of Route 23, Including Kain Subdivision and Emerald Drive.
Tuesday, October 18
• Hydrants east of Columbus Street from Joliet Street north to Goose Creek, including Alinda Avenue.
Wednesday, October 19
• North of Interstate 80, all hydrants west of Route 23
Thursday, October 20
• North of Interstate 80, all hydrants east of Route 23
Friday, October 21
• Hydrants on West Joliet Street from Walnut Street east to Columbus Street and North, including Wilcox Subdivision

Monday, October 24
• Hydrants on West Joliet Street from Poplar Street east to Boyce Lane and North to Evans Street.
• Autumnwood Subdivision.

Firefighter Testing



Firefighter Testing


Accepting Applications for Firefighter

How to Apply:

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Submit all supporting documentation

Complete your application by the October 7, 2022 at 2:00 p.m..

If you have questions, please call 800-343-HIRE or email recruitment@iosolutions.com

I & M Canal Water Level


I & M Canal Water Level

Beginning this week the rewatered portion of the I&M Canal will be drained from its summer operating depth of approximately 3 feet to its fall/winter operating depth of approximately 1 foot.

Water supply pumps will continue to operate to maintain water quality until the winter freeze.

Court Street Closure


Court Street Closure

Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 Court Street will be closed to all traffic and parking on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Contractors for the City of Ottawa will be working in the street, parking lane and sidewalk area located on the east side of Court Street.

Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed within 4 weeks. During the construction period, contractors advise the parking spaces along the east side of Court Street will remain closed at all times but the northbound traffic lane and parking spaces along the west side of Court Street will be open to vehicles after 4:00 p.m. on each workday and throughout the weekends.

Accepting Applications for Police Lateral Transfers


The City of Ottawa, Illinois and its Board of Fire and Police Commissioners are seeking applications for qualified lateral transfer Patrol Officers.

Applications are available below or at City Hall, 301 W. Madison St., Ottawa, IL 61350.

Applications must be returned to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, 301 West Madison Street, Ottawa, Illinois 61350 no later than 4:30 p.m. on November 2, 2022. Oral interviews will be held on November 10, 2022.

Police Lateral Transfer Application Packet

Proposed Downtown Waterfront Event Venue


The City was recently awarded a $3 million Rebuild Illinois Downtowns and Main Streets Capital Program grant to build an amphitheater along the Illinois River at the former location of Central School.

The projected cost for the project $4,010,500 total, with the City providing a $1,010,500 match for the grant.

Amphitheater Development Concept Plans

Ottawa Downtown Waterfront Event Venue

Months Description Complete by
0 Submit grant application January 2022
6 months Grant award notification July 2022
3 months Grant agreement & procurement October 2022
12 months Project design and permits/signoffs October 2023
2 months Bidding & contracts December 2023
12 months Construction December 2024

Scope of Project
Ottawa Downtown Waterfront Event Venue
Short Scope
This project will design and construct an operational event venue. The project will include the construction of an outdoor amphitheater with canopy, sidewalks for public access, water, sanitary, storm, electrical and internet utilities as needed for operations, as well as earthwork, landscaping, site restoration and provisions for public bathroom needs during events.

Long Scope
This project will redevelop a unique riverfront brownfield site in the center of downtown Ottawa. It will spur investment and development extending into the historic Ottawa downtown that surrounds it. The project will design and construct an event venue as the keystone to the Burnham Award winning 2014 Ottawa Comprehensive Plan that was updated in 2016 and 2021. It includes the construction of an outdoor amphitheater with canopy, sidewalks for public access, water, sanitary, storm, electrical and internet utilities as needed for operations, as well as earthwork, landscaping, site restoration and provisions for public bathroom needs during events. It is next door to the new YMCA / OSF Hospital rehab center that chose the adjacent site due to the huge community support which identified the YMCA and Waterfront development as the number 1 and number two priorities in the City. Parking is already available throughout the downtown, so dollars can efficiently go directly to the recreation /entertainment use. Future phases not included in this project include playground area, splash pad, docking for tour boats, and botanical gardens. The project will be the catalyst for over $70 Million of private development creating over 140 new jobs in the 80% LMI downtown area.

$550,000 Community Development Block Grant for Housing Rehabilitation

$550,000 Community Development Block Grant for Housing Rehabilitation

The City of Ottawa was awarded its first Community Development Block Grant for Housing Rehabilitation. Letters were recently sent to residents in the designated project area, see the map. If a homeowner meets the guidelines, they may qualify for up to $50,000 in home repairs paid for by grant funds. This Fall, late September/early October, a public meeting will be held to discuss the details of the program and assist with the application process. Construction of the selected homes is tentatively slated to begin in the Spring of 2023.

Any questions may be directed to Tami Koppen, City of Ottawa, by phone: 815-433-0161 ext.240, or email: tkoppen@cityofottawa.org