City of Ottawa looking for Electrical Inspector

The City of Ottawa is accepting resumes for a part-time position for Electrical Inspector.

Candidate must have at least one year of experience as an electrician in the practice of his/her trade and one year training in a recognized training facility of electrical study with a combined total of three years.

Knowledge of 2017 and 2020 NEC. Commercial experience preferred. Computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel. Duties will include residential, commercial and industrial inspections, plan review, detailed record keeping, monthly written reports and code enforcement.

Resumes with personal and business references should be submitted to the address shown below no later than February 29, 2023.

Mayor Daniel Aussem
City of Ottawa
301 West Madison Street
Ottawa, Illinois 61350

City of Ottawa is seeking an Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

The City of Ottawa is seeking an Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

Duties will include, however are not limited to:
Assist Mayor as needed with clerical duties
Answer phones
Assist incoming public; direct to appropriate person/department
Assist with coordinating special events

High School Diploma, GED or equivalent.
Five years of experience providing administrative support
Must be able to handle all activities with confidentiality and work independently and efficiently with strong interpersonal skills
Must have the ability to multi-task
Must be proficient in Microsoft Office products – Word, Excel, Publisher, calendars

Paid vacation and sick leave
Excellent health benefit package
Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Pension Plan

Resume with personal and business references should be submitted to the address shown below no later than February 28, 2023.

Mayor Daniel Aussem
City of Ottawa
301 West Madison Street
Ottawa, Illinois 61350

Downtown Parking Program Concept

Concept for Downtown Parking Resolution

• Each Business will receive one to two parking spots in a lot closest to the business when possible.

• Each spot will have a painted number and sign indicating reserved business spot. Signage will also state towed at owner’s expense and police enforced. (Mon – Thru – Friday 7 am to 5 pm)

• Signage and spot numbers will be colored based on lot. The Business will have corresponding hangers for the reserved spot.

• The Police Department can administer the program since we enforce and cite violators. There is a gap in what we offer now. Vouchers and Downtown lot permits are handled by City Hall and that information is not shared
with the department. It’s an added step that does not need to exist. If we maintain the program then we are aware of the permits issued and can share those with City Hall if need be.

The Courthouse focus will be using reserved parking on in the Upper lot. I can work with them on this issue.

• A suggestion was made to increase fines for those violating parking rules if they are employees. I would agree that with the reserved parking spots this would be potentially beneficial in enforcing the move into the lots. This would mean an over all increase in fines for parking on the street and not in the lots.

• Fine increase is the second prong to this approach which can be implemented after we evaluate the reserved parking program.

• Businesses with larger number of employees will be considered for additional spots – Ex. First National Bank and First Federal Bank.

• I plan on meeting with them individually to discuss the implementation once the smaller businesses are considered.There are a couple of small businesses that have specific needs that we can look at and explore solutions for once the bulk of parking issues are addressed with the businesses. The reserved parking solution may resolve the issue for these businesses.

• We will be revamping the parking validation program as well. The Police Department will administer new validation forms that will be monitored and distributed to businesses upon request. These validation forms are to be used for customers only and not staff/employees.

My goal is to have everyone work together on this issue. By doing so our merchants will hopefully benefit which in turn benefits the city.

January 17, 2023 Downtown Parking Meeting Video
Parking Lots
Sample Reserved Parking Lot Request
Sample Reserved Parking Space Tag
Parking Validation Program

Christmas Tree Drop Off

Commissioner Marla Pearson has announced that the City of Ottawa will collect Christmas trees again this year through January 31, 2023. The location has changed this year due to the pool construction project. The new location will be the parking lot adjacent to Whitney Field off of Champlain Street.

Residents are advised to drop off trees at the designated location along the south side of the parking lot.

$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.  If a homeowner meet the guidelines, they may qualify for up to $50,000 in home repairs paid for by grant funds.  Initial letters were sent to residents in the designated project area, see the map.

At this time we are waiting for Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to send us a grant agreement.  Once the grant agreement is executed, a public meeting will be scheduled.  The public meeting will discuss details of the program and assist with the application process.   Another letter will be sent to residence informing them of the public meeting date and time. 

Construction of the selected homes is tentatively slated to begin in Summer of 2023. 

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