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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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)
OTSEGO MAIN STREET MANAGER POSITION - [ READ MORE ]
ROUTE CHANGE FOR 2017 MEMORIAL DAY PARADE - [ READ MORE ]
SPRING IS IN THE AIR - Nice day to pour new sidewalk. The DPW has been taking advantage of
this beautiful weather.
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 ]
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.
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.
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)
PROPOSED FALL OF 2017 WWTP CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
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)
Winter and Water Pipes
If you have questions regarding running your water, please call the Water Department at 269-3391. (posted 1/12/17)
Click for Annual Schedule (posted 1/12/17)