the City of Ottawa Planning and Codes Administration Department recently changed its name to better reflect its responsibilities and duties. The department now is called the Community Development Department, Wynndee Lee, director of the department, said. At one time, the department was called the Planning Department. In the early 2000s
Emily Graves was sworn in Oct. 7 as the new commissioner for the City of Ottawa. Graves, director of materials management for Ransom Memorial Hospital, was selected Oct. 5 after commissioners conducted interviews with six other candidates.
1. October 10th - 12th, 2015: League of Kansas Municipalities annual conference at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 Southwest Topeka Blvd, Topeka, Kansas. 2. November 4, 2015- November 7, 2015, National League of Cities annual conference, Music City Center, 201 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee. 3. Please be advised the City of Ottawa will hold a Special Call Commission Meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm at the Olathe Community Center.
Tom Riederer has been chosen to serve as the interim executive director for the Franklin County Economic Development Council. Riederer, who lives in Lenexa and recently retired, has more than 40 years of experience in economic development. “Tom was involved with all of the development that has occurred in southwest Johnson County in Gardner over the past several years,” Ryan Henningsen, FCDC Board president, said.
Applications are now being taken for the following City of Ottawa Board positions. Applications and additional information about each board or commission can be found on the City’s webpage at http://www.ottawaks.gov/Government/BoardsandCommissions. Board members serve without compensation. Questions? Please contact Glora at (785) 229-3637.
Plans are underway to add bike lines on the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail section that runs along Walnut Street in Ottawa. Earlier this summer, at the request of the City of Ottawa’s planning commission, a development group was formed of local residents to generate ideas and solutions for downtown, particularly as they relate to adding interest in developing areas other than Main Street, Wynndee Lee, planning and codes director, said.
The City of Ottawa has passed the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s levee accreditation process for the Marais des Cygnes River Levee System. The approval was a four-year process, Wynndee Lee, planning and codes director, said. “This required an extensive review of the construction design, the current status of both its sides, operations, maintenance and other factors,” she said.
Would you like to be involved in deciding the direction of Ottawa’s Municipal Auditorium? We currently have an opening on our Ottawa Municipal Auditorium Advisory Board. This is a three year term and the Board currently meets monthly during the work day. Each member is appointed by the Governing Body and serves without compensation.
The City of Ottawa recently completed several improvements and has plans for additional upgrades at Ottawa Municipal Airport. Ten new hangars have been added to the airport, 2178 Montana Road, with a total of 14 on site, Jack Miller, chairman of the airport advisory board, said.
After a few months of testing, the City of Ottawa has decided to eliminate the back-in parking stalls near City Hall. The process to restore the area, which was on Hickory Street on the west side of City Hall, to regular parking has begun, Michael Haeffele, public works director, said.