“During my service, I have held every position within the department until I was named chief in 1999,” he said. “I’m very proud of this department. We have a group of dedicated, professional people who are committed to what they do and seeing their level of commitment and being a part of that has truly been an honor.” City Manager Richard U. Nienstedt said the city has benefitted greatly from Carner’s leadership.
The 2016 Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held Thursday, March 24, 2016, 8:00 – 9:30 am at the Ottawa Bible Church. This year Bob Osburn, Founder and Executive Director of the Wilberforce Academy, an organization whose mission is to train college students to be redemptive change agents in their home societies and work places, will be the Keynote Speaker. Under the academy, he has mentored twenty-one students from fourteen countries.
The Ottawa Municipal Auditorium Advisory Board is considering several improvements and priorities for 2016. Upgrades to restrooms, carpet, painting and other minor repairs already are underway, Allen Campbell, chair of the advisory board, said. “The remodeling of the women’s restroom on the main floor is just being finished, and the men’s restroom is scheduled to be done as well,” he said.
Due to a resignation, the City of Ottawa is seeking candidates interested in serving the community as a City Commissioner. Per Kansas Statute and municipal code, the City Commission will appoint a person to fill this vacancy.
The City of Ottawa Public Works Department has submitted its recommendations for 2016 street improvements. The recommended street improvement plan includes both chip sealing and mill and overlay, Michael Haeffele, public works director, said
Shawn Dickinson has announced his resignation from the Ottawa City Commission. Dickinson’s last commission meeting will be Feb. 3. “The past three years serving the City of Ottawa has included some of the most challenging yet fulfilling experiences of my life,” he said. “I’ve felt fortunate to help lead the city during this very pivotal time, and I believe we’ve accomplished meaningful change that will set a path for future success.”
The Ottawa Police Department earned accredited status on November 21, 2015 from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Members of the community are invited to participate in a ceremonial awarding of the CALEA Certificate.
City of Ottawa employees generously provided gifts for 111 residents at Ottawa Retirement Village and Vintage Park for the holiday season. Employees do a Christmas project each year, and this is the second year they’ve chosen to give gifts to senior residents, Glora Mathews, executive assistant to the city manager, said.
Ottawa City Commissioner Linda Reed has been appointed to the National League of Cities’ 2016 Community and Economic Development committee.The committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation and international competitiveness
This position will report directly to the City Manager or his designee. The City of Ottawa has not had a Municipal Auditorium Director for thirteen years. The organization is looking for a Director to redevelop community relationships, a regional community presence, and support through increased programming/use of the auditorium.