Former sewer lab to convert to Ottawa admin offices

Ottawa’s utilities department intends to repurpose the former sewer plant lab.

The $120,000 plan received approval with a 4-1 vote from Ottawa city commissioners last Wednesday night at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St.

Renovations to the unused building at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 703 E. First St., Ottawa, would make room for three administrative offices, a conference room and open workspace, according to plans.

The new conference room would free up the water facility’s breakroom, which is at times used for meetings, Dennis Tharp, utilities director, said in response to Ottawa Mayor Sara Caylor’s question about the need for meeting space when there are existing conference rooms.

“Everybody sitting around the edge of this room can tell you there’s points in time where it’s hard to reserve a conference room,” Tharp said.

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