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home : news : north central illinois   May 24, 2016

1/8/2014 6:01:00 AM
Ottawa to invest in website, find new council member

NT Staff

OTTAWA — Already spending millions in grant money to improve infrastructure at its industrial park, Ottawa may soon spend thousands to promote it.

Ottawa City Council on Tuesday put on file a $15,000 agreement with Development Delivered of Peru to design a new website promoting not only the industrial park but also retail space and downtown and riverfront development opportunities.

City Engineer Dave Noble says the most important marketing tool is a good website. He said the current industrial park website hasn’t been revamped in a decade.

If the council approves the contract at its next meeting, Mayor Bob Eschbach thinks the new marketing website could be up and running in three months.

The newest member of Ottawa City Council will be unveiled in two weeks.

Mayor Bob Eschbach said the council will vote on a resolution at its Jan. 21 meeting to name a replacement for the late Ed Whitney. By law, the council has to appoint a replacement within 30 days of Whitney’s death, which was Dec. 26.

The city officials met in closed session Tuesday night to figure out who they’ll ask to serve the remaining two years of Whitney’s term.

If they go back to the last election, James Less was the odd man out. Less serves on Ottawa Planning Commission.

Jeremy Aitken is a reporter for FM-103.9 and AM-1220 WLPO.

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