Yard and Garden Waste Drop-Off

Commissioner James Less announces the City of Ottawa will open the 2019 Yard and Garden Waste Drop-Off beginning Monday, April 1, 2019.

Ottawa residents may bring leaves, small twigs/branches (2″ in diameter or less), garden waste and vegetation to the dumpsters located in the 400 block of West Jackson Street near the railroad tracks at Walnut Street.

THE FOLLOWING RULES APPLY TO THIS PROGRAM

* Dumping will be allowed seven days a week, DAWN TO DUSK ONLY.

* Residents MUST perform their own unloading.

* Biodegradable paper bags ARE ALLOWED.

* NO plastic bags, lumber, metal, newspapers or garbage of any kind is allowed.

* NO commercial lawn or landscaping business is allowed to use this site.

* When dumpsters are full, DO NOT leave items loose on the ground. You may return with items after dumpsters have been emptied. As a suggestion, residents are advised to check the status of the dumpsters prior to loading vehicles and driving to the drop-off site.

This site is under 24-hour video surveillance.

THE SUCCESS AND CONTINUATION OF THIS PROGRAM DEPENDS ON THE PUBLIC’S COOPERATION. VIOLATORS MAY BE REPORTED TO THE OTTAWA POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 815-433-2131 FOR CITATION.

2019 Rain Barrel Program

The City of Ottawa Rain Barrel Program is an environmental initiative of the Ottawa is Blooming Committee, which is tasked with helping Ottawa Blossom through gardening, recognition of historic preservation efforts, celebrating Ottawa’s culture, promoting the arts, and implementation of environmental projects.

The City of Ottawa Rain Barrel Program extends the city’s partnership with The Conservation Foundation, which was established in 2013 with the creation of Dayton Bluffs Preserve.

There are many benefits to purchasing a rain barrel. Rain barrels are containers that capture rainwater for later use in your garden, house plants, or to wash your car. Rain barrels effectively reduce the amount of rainwater that reaches the city’s sewer system and can help prevent the occurrence of drainage backups. City -wide use can help reduce flooding, as every gallon captured matters! The barrels also reduce pollution by capturing water that would otherwise mix with pesticides and automobile fluids that eventually flow to the river. Water usage is also reduced when residents purchase a rain barrel.

The City of Ottawa Rain Barrel Program is consistent with city’s Combined Sewer Separation Long -term Control Plan and the Ottawa Flood Commission’s Campaign for Public Information.

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Anna Mattes Memorial Garden Fund Established

The late Anna Mattes loved gardening and played a major role in the beautification of Ottawa.  She was a founding member of the Ottawa Garden Club and a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener.

Anna worked especially hard for many years to maintain the natural beauty of Washington Park, the site of the first Lincoln-Douglas Debate in 1858 and a National Historic District.

Mayor Eschbach remembers, “Anna had a beautiful vision for Ottawa and she spent much of her lifetime working to make Ottawa a special place full of beautiful flowers, plants and trees.  I especially remember and value her hard work and leadership in beautifying Washington Square.  We all deeply miss her.”

Anna’s many friends and those who appreciated her work to make Ottawa a beautiful place are creating Anna’s Fund, a memorial fund which will be used to support significant Ottawa gardening projects.  In recognition of Anna’s special interest in Washington Park, the first project supported by Anna’s Fund will be the renovation this Spring of the gardens around the Lincoln-Douglas statues and fountain in the center of Washington Square.  While the planning of these redone garden areas is still underway, it is expected that at least one of the garden areas will have a pollinator theme, reflecting Anna’s interest in building habitat designed to encourage the Monarch Butterfly.

Those wishing to contribute to Anna’s Fund may do so by making their checks payable to the “City of Ottawa”, writing “Anna’s Fund” in the memo section of their checks and sending their donation to the Ottawa City Hall, 301 West Madison Street, Ottawa, IL  61350.

2019 Riverfest

The City of Ottawa has decided that 2019 Riverfest activities will be scaled back to still offer the parade, Jackson Streets events, Art in the Park, and other events, but will not include the Taste of Ottawa food and music event.

In recent years attendance and revenues have declined, resulting in the question of whether the cost of the Taste outweighs the benefit of the event.

According to Mayor Bob Eschbach, even though the 2018 Taste event offered great musical entertainment and good weather, attendance was disappointing.  “It may be that the event has run its course– or needs to be reinvented.    The idea is to take a year off and use that time to work on new ideas and then decide if the Taste will be resurrected in some form in 2020,” said Eschbach.

Eschbach noted that the businesses and volunteers who have worked the Taste over the years have done an incredible job.  He stated that when the Taste first began it was the City’s only major festival of the year – lasting five days. At the time it was about the only annual festival.  Now there are now many other events throughout the year. 

The Mayor encourages everyone to enjoy the other 2019 events, such as the Morel Fest, Starved Rock Country Brew Fest, Wine and Jazz Fest, The Ottawa First 4th of July Celebration, the Music in the Park series, Scarecrow Fest and the Chris Kringle Market.  This year a new October Fest is also in the planning stages.

Water Survey

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires every water supplier to develop and implement a comprehensive cross connection control program for the elimination of existing cross connections and prevention or protection from all future cross connections. Regulations are in place to protect our drinking water systems

A requirement of the program is to conduct a survey of all water customers every two years. All Ottawa water customers will receive a survey post card in the mail soon, if not already.

Please simply follow the directions on the post card and complete the online survey shortly after you receive the card.

The contractor hired to implement and oversee Ottawa’s program is Aqua Backflow from Elgin, IL. They specialize in cross connection control program management. Note that if you have or require backflow protection, you may be notified for compliance (installations, testing, or repairs) by Aqua Backflow. Please contact them at info@AquaBackflow.com or 847-742-2296 with any questions.

Ottawa’s Cross Connection Control Program is designed to safeguard public health.  We ask for your cooperation with our program, its enforcement, and any requests for information that comes from Aqua Backflow or utility staff.

Water Survey

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires every water supplier to develop and implement a comprehensive cross connection control program for the elimination of existing cross connections and prevention or protection from all future cross connections. Regulations are in place to protect our drinking water systems

A requirement of the program is to conduct a survey of all water customers every two years. All Ottawa water customers will receive a survey post card in the mail soon, if not already.

Please simply follow the directions on the post card and complete the online survey shortly after you receive the card.

The contractor hired to implement and oversee Ottawa’s program is Aqua Backflow from Elgin, IL. They specialize in cross connection control program management. Note that if you have or require backflow protection, you may be notified for compliance (installations, testing, or repairs) by Aqua Backflow. Please contact them at info@AquaBackflow.com or 847-742-2296 with any questions.

Ottawa’s Cross Connection Control Program is designed to safeguard public health.  We ask for your cooperation with our program, its enforcement, and any requests for information that comes from Aqua Backflow or utility staff.