June 25, 2022 – Music in the Park Cancelled


June 25, 2022 – Music in the Park Cancelled

Due to inclement weather, Ottawa’s Music in the Park is canceled tonight, 6/25. It looks like another storm with winds and hail might be moving in right around concert time. We’ll have the Demolition Men this summer yet, and we’ll let you know when we reschedule them. We hope to see you all NEXT WEEK when Radium City Rebels take the stage, and for the great lineup to come all summer!

Urban Forestry Management Plan


Urban Forestry Management Plan

Ottawa, Illinois currently manages 5,343 trees throughout its City parkways, right of ways, and various City park properties. There are also 323 open planting spaces that have been inventoried which represents potential for growth of the Urban Forest resource. The City’s trees were inventoried as part of a project in April-June of 2021 culminating in this Urban Forestry Management Plan which will detail how these trees will be managed for the benefit of the City of Ottawa over the next 10 years, with a focus which begins in 2022, and projects out to 2032.

Urban Forestry Management Plan

700 Block of Chestnut Street Closure

700 Block of Chestnut Street Closure

City sewer repair work in the 700 block of Chestnut Street is expected to begin Monday, June 27, 2022 at 7:00 a.m. No traffic will be allowed in that block located between West Madison and West Jefferson streets. Weather permitting, the repairs are expected to be completed before the end of the day Monday and the street reopened to all traffic.

Spring Street (Guthrie Street Hill) Reconstruction

Spring Street (Guthrie Street Hill) Reconstruction

Commissioner Marla Pearson has announced the reconstruction of Spring Street on Ottawa’s southside (aka the Guthrie Street Hill) is expected to begin Monday, June 27, 2022 at 7:00 a.m. The section of street between Route 71 south to the intersection with West Van Buren Street will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian use for approximately four weeks.

The project will include the replacement of the existing curbs, gutters and sidewalk. Concrete paving will replace the current asphalt surface.

Weather permitting, completion of the project and reopening of the street is planned for early August.

$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

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 July 25, 2022. Oral interviews will be held on August 1, 2022.

Police Lateral Transfer Application Packet

2022 Ottawa Music in the Park

Ottawa Music in the Park: What’s new in 2022? Food, friendship and more music than ever!

Ottawa’s free concert series, Music in the Park, dishes up a 2022 season that’ll be like no other!
Beginning on June 25 and continuing on consecutive Saturdays through August, ten musical acts will deliver a delightful blend of retro rock, country and contemporary that’ll carry audiences on a music journey from the ‘50s to the present. That’s the largest schedule the series has ever presented.

What else is new this year? For the first time EVER, there’ll be food at your fingertips! The Special Events Committee is working up a buffet of food vendors during the summer, with one available each concert at the park. Also for the first time, audiences enjoying the Friendship Days concert in August can enjoy two acts in a single night! For that night only, the concert will be expanded from 6 to 9 p.m. instead of ending at 8.

All the rest of the concerts run from 6-8 p.m. All take place in downtown’s historic Washington Park. Admission is free. (All schedules are subject to change for health and safety reasons. If bad weather postpones a performance, it will be rescheduled later this summer.)

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, or settle on one of the park benches. On-street and lot parking is available nearby.

The concerts are sponsored by Ottawa’s Special Events Committee. Follow SEC on Facebook at Ottawa Special Events Group for information and updates.

The lineup is as follows:
• June 25 – Demolition Men – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
• July 2 – Radium City Rebels
• July 9 – Kankakee’s Silhouettes
• July 16 – Good Clean Fun
• July 23 – Mary and the Troublemakers
• July 30 – The StingRays
• August 6 – The season’s only double-header featuring Rosie and the Rivets preceded by The Beatelles.
• August 13 – 3 Day Weekend
• August 20 – Rockin’ Fenderskirts
• August 27 –The Valley Katz


Residential Waste Haulers


Who to call if you are experiencing issues with your residential waste haulers:

Thrush Sanitation Services 815-434-5557
Tongate Sanitation Services 815-228-5303
Republic Services 815-434-2035
Waste Management 800-796-9696

Yard Waste Dumpsters


Yard Waste Dumpsters

Yard waste dumpsters are located in the 400 block of West Jackson Street.

Please do not place trash or other debris in the dumpsters. If the dumpsters are full please do not dispose of yard waste on the ground. Please wait until the dumpsters have been emptied.