Civil Service Testing-Telecommunicator

The City of Ottawa Civil Service Commission is accepting applications to establish a telecommunicator eligibility register. The hours of work are 12 hours per shift on an average 40 hour work week, continuous operation, including weekends and holidays. Applicants are subject to an extensive background check. The job description is as follows:

TELECOMMUNICATOR: The job includes, but is not limited to answering incoming calls for police and fire issues, dispatching calls for service to police and fire personnel, maintaining radio contact with medics, firemen and police officers and operating the LEAD system and in-house software.

Residency within twenty (20) miles of the City of Ottawa corporate limits must be established and maintained within fifteen (15) months of employment.

Applications are available at Human Resources, first floor, City Hall from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or at under Departments/Human Resources/Employment Opportunities.

Completed applications must be returned by close of business on or before Monday, March 2, 2020 to be eligible to take the exam. No applications will be accepted after this date.

This exam will be given at City Hall, 301 West Madison Street, Ottawa, Illinois on Monday, March 9, 2020 beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m.

The City of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer, not discriminating on basis of age, country of national origin, creed, race, religion or sex.


An Ordinance Authorizing the Sale of Personal Property (2008 Chevrolet Passenger Bus)

WHEREAS, the City of Ottawa, Illinois, is the owner of a 2008 Chevrolet Passenger Bus, which is no longer useful or necessary to the City, and

WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the City of Ottawa the item of personal property be sold pursuant to 11-76-4 of the Illinois Municipal Code (65 ILCS 5/11-76-4) upon the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.

Section One: That the following item of personal property be publicly sold in an “AS IS” condition to the highest bidder:

2008 Chevrolet Passenger Bus manufactured by Stertrans, seats 8 passengers plus two wheelchairs and has a handicap ramp loader

Section Two: That the item of personal property will be available for public inspection between January 8, 2020 and February 17, 2020, at 1100 W. Superior St., Ottawa, IL between 7:00
a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Section Three: That notice of the sale of said item of personal property will be given to the public by at least one newspaper advertisement and by posting notice of said sale at City Hall, 301
W. Madison Street, Ottawa, Illinois, and at such other locations as determined by the Commissioner of Public Property.

Section Four: That persons desiring to purchase any of said items of personal property will submit a sealed, written bid to City Hall, 301 W. Madison Street, Ottawa, Illinois before 4:30 p.m. on February 17, 2020.

Section Five: All bids will be deemed an offer to purchase and may not be withdrawn once submitted; the City may accept or reject any of the bids at the regular session of the City Council commencing at 7:00 p.m. on February 18, 2020. Any bid accepted by the Council will be deemed a contract between the City and the Bidder, and the successful bidder must pay to the City the full amount of their bid no later than February 28, 2020. The item may not be removed until paid in full.

Section Six: The City of Ottawa expressly reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive technicalities.
Section Seven: This Ordinance will be effective immediately upon its passage and approval.

Section Eight: Any ordinance or part thereof if conflict herewith is hereby repealed.

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