OTTOVILLE — Denny Mumaw and Judy Bosch from the Putnam County Library Board were present at the Ottoville Council meeting Dec. 19 night to discuss the building currently housing the Ottoville branch of the library.The library is currently located at 349 Wayne Street and the building has white mold in it. The library board felt repairs would be too costly to continue using the current building. Council discussed and approved moving the library into the Ottoville Municipal Center, the same building as council chambers, the mayor’s office, Chamber of Commerce and Ottoville Income Tax office. The room at the Municipal Center will be a much smaller area for the library to maintain, plus it is off the main road, making it safer for children and elderly to use.

Hours of operation will remain the same for now: Monday from 2-8 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Council reviewed a quote for a new police vehicle and approved the purchase of a brand new 2019 Ford Explorer in the amount of $39,988. A police package vehicle is built especially for law enforcement use, with a beefed-up suspension, a heavy-duty alternator and a bigger brake system.

The village and the park board offer the use of the shelterhouses at the park to the public. Jeanne Wannemacher reported that the park board will be updating the restrooms at the park to make them handicap accessible. The shelterhouses are available to the public for use of private events and updating the restrooms will benefit members of the community who utilize those shelter houses.

The shelterhouse program is administered by Wannemacher through the clerk’s office. Anyone wanting to reserve one of the shelter houses may do so by contacting Wannemacher at 419-453-3636 or by filling out the online form “Rental Inquiry” and it will be emailed to her.

Pay raises of 2 percent for all full-time employees was discussed and approved.

Ottoville Clerk/Treasurer Jeanne Wannemacher reviewed the bills and council approved to pay bills for the month totaling $65,440.96.

The ordinance to increase sewer rates 25 cents per 1,000 gallons used was officially passed. New rates will take effect Jan. 1.

The first organizational meeting of 2019 will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m.