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City of Otsego Water Quality (posted 4/2/18)
Open Letter from City Manager Addressing City Of Otsego's Water Safety

    Welcome to the City of Otsego! The City of Otsego is located in southwestern Michigan on highway M-89, two miles west of US131 which connects southern Michigan to Northern Michigan. Our quaint town of 3,956, has many unique features that we are very proud of. The City of Otsego is a designated Main Street Community which is redeveloping the downtown and providing many community activities for all ages, throughout the year.
    The City has so much to offer to both its residents and visitors. We have a diverse assortment of businesses in the City; a wonderful historical downtown district for shopping and dining; walkable neighborhoods; Riverwalk, our own Police and Fire Departments; exceptional school system which consists of three Elementary Schools, a Middle and High School; Community Education Program; new Otsego District Library; and three City parks.
    We strive as a community, to make the City of Otsego a destination location. Whether you "Come to Work, or Come to Play, or Come to Stay", we welcome you and your family. Please visit the City of Otsego's Facebook page, and/or Otsego Main Street's Facebook page, for up-to-date news and events.
    If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 269-692-3391.
Mayor Cyndi Trobeck

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Water Quality Reports (posted 88/18)
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Summary of the PFAS Testing Procedures (posted 8/7/18)
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PFAS Test Results (posted 8/3/18)
We just received our PFAS results from the DEQ. The results are based on parts per trillion (ppt). The Lifetime Health Advisory (LHA) level set by the EPA is 70 ppt. All three wells were tested and we only had a small detect of 11 ppt on one of our wells. The other two wells were non-detect, meaning 0 ppt. Once we learned of this news, we immediately took the well with the slight detect offline until we can get some further guidance on how to proceed. We will be in communication with the DEQ before we take any additional actions. As we get recommendations from DEQ, we will keep you posted. The good news is that Otsego City Water is safe. Thank you for your patience throughout this long turnaround time to get these results.

Environmental Health Open House Sessions (posted 8/2/18)
Invitation to meet on August 8, 2018 between 4-7pm to get information on environmental work underway in the area.

NOTICE: City Hall Will Be Open Sat., Aug. 4, 2018 (posted 7/30/18)
Public Notice - City Hall Will Be Open Sat., Aug. 4, 2018 from 9-10:30 am and 1-3 pm only for the purpose of obtaining Absent Voter Ballots for the election to be held August 7, 2018.

UPDATE- COURT STREET Road Construction (posted 7/7/18)
UPDATE- COURT STREET Road Construction (milling) will begin on Monday, July 9th. If you have questions please call City Hall. Thank you.

Public Notice (posted 6/27/18)
PUBLIC NOTICE - Tonight (6/27) the DOWNTOWN street lights on M-89/Allegan Street will be off, as maintenance is being completed on the electrical panel. Thank you for your patience. If you have questions, please contact City Hall.

Weed Spraying Notice (posted 6/5/18)
Right Way Control Services was in the Downtown and at Memorial Park this week spraying for weeds. ** Please note the "green" coloring is food coloring. If you have questions or concerns, please contact City Hall at 269-692-3391.

City of Otsego Election (posted 5/8/18)
Petitions forms are now available at the office of the City Clerk for election to the Otsego City Commission. Click for more details.

Water Questions Survey (posted 4/16/18)
Recent interest in environmental issues has highlighted a desire for residents to learn more. Several Otsego residents, environmental groups, and Otsego City with support from U.S. EPA and MDEQ are working together to organize opportunities for residents to have access to information and resources from a variety of sources. Please fill out this questionnaire to let us know what you are interested in learning more about. Turn in completed questionnaire to the City of Otsego, you can drop off the completed form at the City Hall, mail to 117 E. Orleans Street, Otsego MI 49078, or email to acronen@cityofotsego.org. Please return before April 30, 2018. Thank you.

City of Otsego Water Quality (posted 4/2/18)
Open Letter from City Manager Addressing City Of Otsego's Water Safety

West Bound Traffic on Washington Street (posted 4/2/18)
Please be advised West Bound Traffic on Washington Street, between Kalamazoo Street and Conference Street is closed to Thru Traffic for road repairs. Thank you for your cooperation!

Special Guest (posted 3/29/18)
Heidi Denton who is with the Allegan County Community Mental Health Prevention Services will be attending the Monday, April 2, 2018, City Commission Meeting, beginning at 7:00 p.m. She will be giving a presentation on drug use, abuse, and the effects to the citizens and community specifically discussing medical marijuana with studies and reports from States that have approved marijuana use both for medical and recreational purposes.

COMMISSION MEETING CANCELLED - Monday March 5 (posted 3/2/18)
The normal meeting has been cancelled this week. The next Special Meeting will be on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

FROZEN PIPES (posted 3/2/18)
Please be advised that anyone that is running water to prevent freeze, you may cease running your water.

INVITATION (posted 2/22/18)

The Otsego Police Department is currently seeking applications for the position of part-time police officers. Available candidates must have successfully completed a State of Michigan Police Academy and either be certified as a Police Officer or certifiable by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. Applicants should send a resume to the attention of Chief Gordon Konkle by email to gkonkle@cityofotsego.org or mailed to the Otsego Police Department 127 Court Street, Otsego MI 49078. For questions please call (269) 692-6111 during normal business hours.

If you received a 2nd water bill this week - they are the initial bills the City mailed on December 29, 2017. The Postal Service found the bills and are now delivering them. We apologize again for the confusion. The January bills are due January 30th. Please call City Hall if you have a question.

INVITATION (posted 1/16/18)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018 at 8:30 A.M.
City Commission Chambers
City of Otsego
117 E. Orleans Street
Otsego MI 49078

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018 at 6:00 P.M.
City Commission Chambers
City of Otsego
117 E. Orleans Street
Otsego MI 49078

PUBLIC NOTICE - UTILITY BILLING BILLING CYCLE "B" - January Bills (posted 1/11/18)
It has come to the City's attention that due to a postal error, the January 2018 Utility Bills were not delivered or if delivered, not in a timely manner. New utility bills have been printed and will be sent out today (1/11/2018). If you are in this Billing Cycle "B" - and you have not paid your bill, you will be receiving a duplicate bill in the mail. The new Due Date is 01/30/2018. Penalties will be applied on 01/31/2018. The City apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused. Thank you to the residents that called City Hall and reported they had not received their bills. Please contact City Hall if you have a question. 692-3391.

FREEZING WATER UPDATE - January 5, 2018 (posted 1/5/18)
The City has contacted the residences that have in the past had a problem with freezing water, because of shallow water services, and advised them to run a pencil stream of water. The frost is currently at 20 inches. Most freezing is due to pipes being on an outside wall or improper insulation of inside pipes. The City is not responsible for water freezing inside of the home. If you experience discoloration or low water pressure, you should run a pencil stream of water, to prevent freezing inside of your home. Please call City Hall, and we will be glad to answer any questions that you may have. For those of you that have been notified to run your water, Please DO NOT STOP running your water until you have been notified by City Hall. Warm weather actually drives the frost further into the ground. Thank you. If you have questions, please call City Hall at 692-3391. PLEASE SHARE!!! Please continue to check our City website and Facebook, and the Shopper's Guide for updates.

WATER FREEZING 2018 (posted 12/28/17)
The City has been diligently watching the depth of the frost in the ground, with the cold temperatures we are experiencing. At this time, the City is not advising to run your water unless you have had internal freezing issues in the past, such as discoloration of the water, and/or loss of pressure. Internal freezing issues are not the responsibility of the City. Water credits are only administered when the freezing is related to the City mains, or advised by the City. The City will continue to monitor the depth of the frost and will advise residents of any updates via the Shopper's Guide, our Website, and Facebook. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall. 692-3391

City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, December 18, 2017, has been canceled next regular meeting - Wed. January 3, 2018

FINAL LEAF PICKUP - Due to Safety & Drainage Issues (posted 11/30/17)
If you have placed your leaves in the road, they will be picked up only on Monday, Dec. 4th. This pickup is taking place due to safety and drainage concerns. Leaves must be placed in the street before 7:00 am on Monday, Dec. 4th. If leaves are placed in the streets after 7:00 a.m on Dec. 4th, you may be ticketed. Leaves may be taken to the city's transfer station located off of Helen Ave. free of charge. The transfer station is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions contact city hall at 692-3391.

Fall / Winter Newsletter (posted 11/22/17)
The Fall/Winter Newsletter is now on line.

Loose Leaves Will No Longer Be Picked Up (posted 11/21/17)
The City leaf collection has been completed. For safety purposes - do not place leaves in the street. Leaves may be taken to the City's transfer station located off of helen ave. Free of charge. The transfer station is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:00 A.M. to 11:45 A.M. And from 1:00 P.M. to 3:45 p.M. Thank you for your cooperation.

2017 Leaf Pick Up Final Pick-Up Notice (posted 11/3/17)
REMINDER OF PICK UP PROCEDURES ... The public works department will be picking up leaves between November 13, 2017, and November 17, 2017. Please plan accordingly.. [CONTINUED-->]

City Manager Position (posted 10/27/17)
The City of Otsego is seeking a new City Manager. Details

Hydrant Flushing (posted 9/29/17)
The City of Otsego Water Department will flush all fire hydrants October 2nd through October 13th. This is done to remove any stale water that may be in the system and insure that the fire hydrants are working properly. You may experience some reduced pressure and discoloration during this process. If discoloration occurs, let your water run until it clears.

2017 Leaf Pick Up Notice (posted 9/26/17)
REMINDER OF PICK UP PROCEDURES ... The public works department will be picking up leaves between october 23, 2017, and november 10, 2017. Please do not place any leaves in the streets, before october 21, 2017. Leaves will be picked up twice during the three week period. Please plan accordingly. [CONTINUED-->]

Farewell Open House (posted 8/22/17)
Farewell Open House in Honor of City Manager, Thad Beard
September 6, 2017
Otsego City Hall - 117 E. Orleans Street
Please RSVP to Angie at 692-3391 or acronen@cityofotsego.org

Welcome Main Street Manager - Joel Saukas (posted 8/21/17)
I am very excited to start my new job as Otsego's Main Street DDA Executive Director! I grew up in West Michigan and have lived there most of my life. After graduating from Central Michigan University with a degree in Education I was very happy to marry my wife, Julie. I was unable to find a teaching position that fit me, and decided to serve the community I grew up in by joining AmeriCorps VISTA and working at the Grand Haven Main Street DDA. I learned a lot about how the Main Street program and local City government function, and better yet, I learned I enjoy working with a community that is passionate and takes pride in itself. Based on what we have seen in Otsego, my wife and I are looking forward to again working with a dedicated community and meeting new people.

UPDATE - Mill and Fill Street Project : (posted 7/17/17)
UPDATE - Mill and Fill Street Project on Bayberry & Ruby THESE STREETS WILL BE PAVED TOMORROW 07-18-2017. VEHICLE TRAFFIC MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR A PORTION OF TIME - PLAN ACCORDINGLY - PLEASE LEAVE YOUR RESIDENCE EARLY, IF NEEDED. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding for this process in which we attempt to improve our community.

STREET PROJECT: (posted 7/14/17)
Mill and Fill Street Project on Lawrence, Bayberry, Ruby and Kalamazoo Street (Orleans to M-89). We have been informed by our contractor that the mill & fill project will begin on approximately, Monday July 17th (weather dependent). During this process the contractor will take off approximately 1.5" of asphalt and replace it with a similar amount of new material. There will be loud machinery, heavy trucks and possible vibrations from this work, which are not out of the ordinary for this type of construction. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding for this process in which we attempt to improve our community.

VOTE FOR OTSEGO PET MAYOR: (posted 5/25/17)
Pet Mayor Contest
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FLIP FLOP FRIDAY: - Learn more on our Mainstreet News page (posted 5/25/17)

CONSTRUCTION WILL BEGIN MAY 23RD ON SOUTH FARMER STREET PHASE 2: - Brenner Excavating will be on-site tomorrow to begin construction. The reconstruction project includes replacement of water mains, sanitary sewer mains, storm sewers and sidewalks, besides the street surfacing from Hammond to the City Limits. We expect this project to be completed the first week of September. With this total reconstruction and replacement of all utilities, we will have detours available on Fair and Kalamazoo Streets. Please call City Hall if you have specific questions. Thank you. (posted 5/22/17)

WITH A HEAVY HEART the City of Otsego has lost long time City Commissioner, Kathy Misner. Having served on the City Commission for twenty-six years, and a leader of our community, Kathy gave so much time and energy into every project she touched. The longest serving female City Commissioner in Otsego history, she served our city in varied and numerous ways including: Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Board; Economic Vitality Committee; and various sub-committees of the Promotions Committee. These are just a few of the activities that she was involved in. As you look around our City, Kathy left a legacy that will not be forgotten, one in particular is the Veteran's Memorial at Memorial Park, where she worked diligently to make a dream come true. Our sincere condolences to Kathy's family, friends, and to our City. Please visit Winkel's site for funeral arrangements. Rest in Peace Commissioner Misner.
www.winkelfuneralhome.com (posted 5/22/17)



SPRING IS IN THE AIR - Nice day to pour new sidewalk. The DPW has been taking advantage of this beautiful weather. (posted 4/18/17)

SOUTH FARMER STREET IMPROVEMENTS PHASE 2 - In the summer of 2017, the City plans a complete reconstruction of South Farmer Street from Hammond to Washington/Dix Street, and mill and fill from Washington/Dix to the City Limits (see map). The project will include removal and replacement of the street surface, curb and gutter, sidewalk, water, storm sewer and sanitary sewer. [ READ MORE ] (posted 3/22/17)

CURBSIDE BRUSH PICK-UP - The DPW will be picking up brush from the wind storm on Monday, March 13th. Please have your brush on the curb no later than 7am. Loose brush only. Leaves or grass clippings will not be picked up. You also may take your brush to the Transfer Station when they are open - Tues., Thurs., & Saturday from 9-11:45am and 1-3:45 p.m. Thank you. (posted 3/10/17)

TRAFFIC LIGHT ON NORTH AND M-89 - You may have noticed that the light at North Street and M-89 (Allegan Street) is now flashing. The Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Transportation are monitoring the effects of the traffic flow with a ninety (90) day study of the intersection. If you have concerns, please contact the Grand Rapids MDOT office. (posted 3/6/17)

NOTICE OF FARMER STREET RECONSTRUCTION - In the summer of 2017, the City plans a complete reconstruction of South Farmer Street from Hammond to Washington/Dix Street, and mill and fill from Washington/Dix to the City Limits (see map). The project will include removal and replacement of the street surface, curb and gutter, sidewalk, water, storm sewer and sanitary sewer. (posted 2/10/17)

COMMISSION NEWS - At Monday's City Commission Meeting, upgrades to the Waste Water Treatment Plant were discussed (see below). There are many old systems that have not been upgraded since 1989. The project is estimated to cost $1.9M. The City will potentially take out bonds for the upgrades at a rate of 2-1/2 percent for twenty years. The main question you may have - is how this will affect my utility bill? The process of determining the rates for the upcoming fiscal year are being completed. Another option that is being discussed is moving to monthly billing from the current quarterly billing cycle. Further discussions will continue at future Commission meetings. The City Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. PLEASE CALL CITY HALL IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS. (posted 2/09/17)


E-2 Disinfection: Replacement of ageing scales used for gaseous chlorine and sulfur dioxide cylinders. Flow based chemical feed instrumentation added for accuracy, replacement of gas detectors, new chlorine and sulfur dioxide piping.

F-2 Sludge Handling Storage and Disposal: Replacement of sludge pumps, heat exchanger and gas compressor/sludge mixer. Sludge storage tank decant piping and valves are currently non-functional, leading to issues of sludge storage.

G-2 Ferric Chloride: Replacement of chemical feed pumps, metering equipment and associated piping in the ferric feed room and around the site. Current piping is poorly arranged in partially plugged. Rerouting the piping will enable better employee access and employee safety in filling the tank. This also includes removal and replacement of alarm station.

I-2 Telemetry/SCADA: Installation of supervisory control and data acquisition. This is a computer system for gathering and analyzing real time data, enabling real-time observation and manipulation through desk top or mobile terminals.

J-2 WWTP Lab: Building addition to increase size of lab, replacing work current (1989) work surfaces, cabinetry and equipment.

L-2 Raw Sewage Pumps: Replacement of existing shaft driven sewage pumps with dry-pit pumps with variable frequency drives. This includes replacement of all piping and valves. (posted 2/09/17)

Due to the "heat wave" in January, the Department of Public Works had an opportunity to test a new piece of equipment to see if it would be beneficial for the City to purchase. The machine is used to grind raised edges of the sidewalks, rather than replacing entire sidewalk sections. (posted 1/25/17)

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If you have questions regarding running your water, please call the Water Department at 269-3391. (posted 1/12/17)

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Otsego, MI 49078
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