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.

$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

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.

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.

The next exam is scheduled for August 12, 2022. Pre-registration is required. Registration will be available July 18, 2022.