OTTAWA — It looks like the Ottawa and Naplate water and sewer bill dispute will avoid a courtroom.
Ottawa City Council on Tuesday placed on file a revised water and sewer agreement that had commissioner Dan Aussem saying “hopefully this issue is put to bed.”
Ottawa is agreeing to waive the first 60 days of increases to the base fee and Combined Sewer Overflow fee for Naplate along with $1,000 in late fees. That comes to a total of about $5,700.
As part of the latest proposal, Ottawa also admits to not giving Naplate proper notice before raising sewer and water rates last year and now must give Naplate 60 days notice with any future rate increases.
Aussem said they’re still working on the length of a new agreement, with Naplate wanting a short-term so the village can work toward building its own sewage treatment plant. Naplate Village Board still needs to approve the new agreement.
All 911 calls made in Marseilles could soon be handled by Ottawa dispatchers.
Ottawa commissioners on Tuesday approved a five-year contract to provide 911 services for Marseilles. Marseilles will pay $150,000 the first year with a 5-percent increase each year after that. The small city to the east also will pay Ottawa 20 percent of its 911 surcharge fees. By cutting equipment costs and salaries for three full-time and six part-time dispatchers, Marseilles hopes to save $100,000 a year with the consolidation.
Ottawa police chief Brent Roalson said the money will enable his department to hire two full-time dispatchers. He said response times for Marseilles emergencies will not change and still will be handled by Marseilles officers and firefighters.
Marseilles City Council could officially approve consolidating 911 services with Ottawa tonight.
Jeremy Aitken is a reporter for AM-1220 WLPO.