The Ottawa City Commission approved a six-month agreement with Ottawa Main Street Wednesday night, funding the organization with $15,000 for that time period. The city has, in past years, given the organization annual funding in the amount of $30,000.
The commission approved funding last week for Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, Franklin County Development Council, Willow Domestic Violence Center and Elizabeth Layton Center. Main Street, however, was questioned about a lack of a review or audit as required in the contract. At the Monday study session, Main Street director Lenni Giacin said a review was being completed and should be done in late April.
City manager, Richard Nienstedt explained the six-month agreement and spoke about the importance of the organization.
“They do a number of things downtown, first and foremost is their IWW grant program which helps businesses fix up the facade of their businesses,” he said. “The’ve been a staple in our budget for a long time. I think the mayor served on the first Ottawa Main Street Board. So, I would recommend that you approve that agreement.”
The funding was approved unanimously. The agreement must now be approved by the Main Street board.
In other action the board:
— Issued a proclamation recognizing Boy Scout week, Feb. 3-9.
— Approved an ordinance outlining changes to licensing regulations.
— Authorized the mayor to sign documents to finalize A United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Loan. The form verifys the city’s contribution of $500,000. The funds will be used for the installation of a wastewater system at Proximity Park.