Tree Trimming on South Side

Weather permitting, City of Ottawa public works crews will be trimming trees on the south side along Allen Park on Route 71/Hitt Street on Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Trimming work will also include the Spring Street/Guthrie Street Hill.

Drivers needing to travel in those areas during the trimming are asked to use extreme caution and watch for signage, workers and equipment. There may be possible lane or temporary street closures while the work is in progress.

Public Works-Vehicle Maintenance-Civil Service Testing

The City of Ottawa Civil Service Commission is accepting applications to establish an eligibility register for future positions in Public Works-Vehicle Maintenance Division.

Knowledge of ASE certification data is recommended, but not required for this examination.

Study materials for this exam can be found on the following web links:

Job Description: Under limited supervision, plans and performs skilled diagnostic and mechanical work in the maintenance and repair of gasoline and diesel powered automotive, construction, and other City vehicles. Maintains a fleet data management system to update and maintain records of inventoried parts, vehicle use, and maintenance performed, and repair costs. Performs other duties as assigned. Work schedule is normally 40 hours Monday thru Friday 7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

Ability to work in adverse weather and be subject to extended after-hours, weekend and holiday work.
Perform service and repairs to vehicles, trucks and associated power equipment and systems using technical manuals, hand, power and diagnostic tools.
Operate skid steer loader, backhoe, wheel loader, street sweeper, vactor, turf mowers and power equipment during diagnostic and maintenance activity.
Occasionally be assigned to perform minor welding, leaf collection, material loading/unloading, snow removal and salt application.
Ability to obtain advancing ASE certifications in auto, truck, emergency vehicle and component system technologies.

Residency within five (5) miles of the corporate limits of the City of Ottawa must be established and maintained within fifteen (15) months of employment.

Future employment is subject to satisfactorily passing a criminal background check, a physical agility test and a medical examination which includes a test to screen for the use of drugs and/or narcotics.

Applications are available at Human Resources, first floor, City Hall from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or at

Completed applications must be returned by close of business on or before Wednesday, July 31, 2019 to be eligible to take the exam. No applications will be accepted after this date.

This exam will be given at IVCC Ottawa Center, 321 West Main Street, Ottawa, Illinois on

August 7, 2019 beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m. Candidates arriving after 6:00 p.m. will be denied admittance.

The City of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer, not discriminating on basis of age, country of national origin, creed, race, religion or sex.


Parking Closure

Due to the upcoming construction of the Anthony Place Housing Development in downtown Ottawa, the city of Ottawa has been advised that contractors will need to eliminate parking adjacent to the project block. Beginning Tuesday, May 28, 2019 fencing will be installed preventing on-street parking during the approximate 10 month construction period at the following locations:

The north side of the 300 block of West Madison Street between Clinton Street and Fulton Street

The east side of the 700 block of Fulton Street between West Madison Street and West Jefferson Street

The south side of the 300 block of West Jefferson Street between Clinton Street and Fulton Street

The west side of the 700 block of Clinton Street between West Madison Street and West Jefferson Street

First National Bank customers will continue to have access to the bank’s drive-up facility by using the West Madison Street entrance that exits onto Clinton Street