Live Christmas Tree Disposal

Live Christmas Tree Disposal

Commissioner Marla Pearson has announced that the City of Ottawa will collect Christmas trees again this year at the Riordan Pool parking lot through January 31, 2022.

Residents are advised to drop off trees at the designated location near the northeast corner of the parking lot.

Preventing Frozen Water Pipes


Allow a small trickle of water from both your cold and hot water faucets to run to keep pipes from freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe.
Customers should also consider a wise water use practice and collect the running water for later use.

Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children.

Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a “pipe sleeve” or installing UL-listed “heat tape”, “heat cable” or similar materials on exposed water pipes.
If you will be going away during the cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.


Make sure everyone in their home knows where the main shut-off valve is and how to turn it off and on. If a pipe freezes or bursts, the water should be shut off immediately. Don’t attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints that will leak when thawed.

Apply heat to frozen pipe by warming the air around it or applying heat directly to the pipe.
You can use a hair dryer, space heater or hot water. Be sure to not leave space heaters unattended and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames.

Once pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks.

Please remember that the City would prefer to make adjustments for running a trickle of water to prevent frozen lines than to have customers inconvenienced with frozen/broken water lines, which could prove to be very costly.

It does only take a trickle of water please do not run fixtures at full force.

Board of Fire & Police Commissioners-Police Lateral Transfer Application

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

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 January 21, 2022. Oral interviews will be held on January 29, 2021.

Qualified applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Successfully completed Basic Police Operations at a police training academy.
  2. Is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
  3. Has been previously employed as a full time sworn Law Enforcement Officer by any municipal, county, university or state law enforcement agency and has been with their respective law enforcement agency within the State for at least 2 years
  4. Has completed their probationary period with their current employer.
  5. Is in good standing with the police department in which the applicant serves.
  6. Possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and level of experience required pursuant to the call for qualified lateral transfer applicants; and
  7. Shall be under the age of 35 years. The age limitation is subject to the exceptions set forth in 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6(a) regarding veterans who served on active military duty and 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6(d) regarding any policeman previously employed in any municipality, any person who has served as an auxiliary police officer under Section 3.1-30-20 for at least 5 years and is under 40 years of age, any person who has served as a deputy under Section 3-6008 of the Counites Code, or any person who has served as a sworn officer as a member of the Illinois State Police.

For complete information: APPLICATION PACKET

Civil Service Commission Testing

Civil Service Commission Testing

The City of Ottawa Civil Service Commission is accepting applications to establish eligibility registers for the classifications shown below. These registers will be valid for two years from posting date.

General Labor/Building Maintenance

These are full-time positions. Residency within five (5) miles of the corporate limits must be established and maintained within fifteen (15) months of employment, however no more than 10 bargaining unit members or 30% of the entire bargaining unit, whichever is higher, may reside outside of the City of Ottawa corporate limits.

Applications are available at Human Resources, first floor, City Hall from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or downloaded using the links shown below.

Completed applications must be returned by close of business on or before the dates listed on the application to be eligible to take the exam.

Public Works: General Labor/Building Maintenance

Electrical Exam

Electrical Exam
The City of Ottawa administers the electrical exam for three categories: Residential Wiring, Commercial Wiring, Masters (combination of Residential & Commercial periodically.

Pre-registration is required.

Click here to register.

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

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 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.