Ottawa Village Council Monday approved a resolution that would allow the village to take over ownership of the county’s water distribution system.
John Schlumbohm, Putnam County commissioner, attended Monday’s meeting to request the village take over the water system.
“The village handled the county’s water system until Dec. 31 and a contract was not in place, so Columbus Grove stepped in temporarily to help out,” Schlumbohm said.
The city handling the water distribution will take the weight off of the county as far as billing, he said.
Mayor Dean Meyer said the village taking over the water system will save taxpayers money.
“The county is turning over their east side water system to the village which will save a lot of money for residents because it will be absorbed into our system as opposed to having another water system outside of the village that the county owns,” Meyer said. EPA rules have changed that state the county would have to have a separate licensed operator. The council met in executive session to discuss contract negotiations,
In other business, the village reviewed a letter from Stephen Lewis, Ottawa OH LLC president., for a request for a waiver of late charges on water and sewer bills. He stated in the letter his company purchased part of the old LC Phillips plant. Soon after buying it, Pandora Distribution Ltd. made claims against them regarding the title. He stated in the letter the business has not used water or sewer services at the property and have accumulated $4,490.65 of late charges.
The village approved Lewis being required to pay $1,712.60 for water and sewer services.
In other business the council
• Approved accepting resignations from Firefighters Clarence Thomas and Todd Sunderhaus effective Dec. 31, 2018.
• Approved an ordinance that prohibits standing or parking parking places in the village.
• Approved a $8,405 contract with Kahle Electric Inc, for a circuit breaker at Memorial Pool and a $2,615 contract with Kahle Electric for a light pole and light fixture in the Waterworks Park.
• Approved the mayor’s appointments of council committees and council representatives for 2019.
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