Public Meeting to Discuss Events

Mayor Dan Aussem announces that there will be a City Council work session and public meeting on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall to discuss City events.

The City Council would like public input from Ottawa residents regarding events: Morel Fest, Brew Fest, Wine Fest, Riverfest and the Chris Kringle Market.

The public is encouraged to attend this meeting to offer comments and suggestion.

Anyone that is not available to attend the October 3 meeting can email comments and suggestions to Mayor Aussem at

Civil Service Testing-Public Utilities

The City of Ottawa Civil Service Commission is accepting applications to establish an eligibility register for future positions in Public Utilities-Water/Wastewater. Knowledge of water/wastewater operations is recommended, but not required for this examination. Note: Study guides are not available for this exam.

Job Description: Under limited supervision, operates motorized equipment and performs semi-skilled work in the operation and maintenance of Water and Wastewater Infrastructure and Treatment Plants. Performs other duties as assigned. Must obtain CDL within 6 months of accepting position, and continuously maintain the same during employment.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

Ability to work in adverse weather; be subject to after-hours, weekend and holiday callback.
Perform service and routine repairs to equipment.
Collect samples, complete routine laboratory testing, and maintain accurate records.
Operate skid steer loader, backhoe and wheel loader with various attachments.
Operate turf maintenance mowers and equipment.
Perform routine buildings, plantings and grounds maintenance.
Operate trucks for snow removal, salt application and material handling.
Will be assigned to On-Call Rotation after a period of training.
Perform manual labor as required.

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 Monday, September 30, 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 Monday, October 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.