The City of Ottawa has just over 18,000 residents and operates under the Commission form of Government where each of the four commissioners and the
Real Projects That Made a Real Impact!
Dan built and donated raised beds including a wheelchair accessible bed for the Central School Project Unify Garden.
Dan worked with Stephanie Stacy from Ottawa is Blooming to secure land for the Community Garden in 2013.
He also donated the banners for Ottawa is Blooming and pulled the float in the Riverfest parade and spearheaded funding for an enclosed trailer for the garden volunteers.
While Dan was Finance Commissioner, he established the Enterprise Zone Fund which segregated monies collected from the Enterprise Zone projects and earmarked it for other city projects that may need funding in the future. This Enterprise Zone Fund was first used to purchase and remodel the IVCC Ottawa Campus. The rent paid by the college goes back into the EZ Fund to replenish for other projects. Dan was also instrumental in negotiating rental fees with the college when enrollment dropped. The IVCC Ottawa Campus has had 7,500 students utilize the satellite college.
The EZ Fund also loaned money to the parks and rec board for playground equipment and to the wastewater fund to construct the new Rte 71 sanitary sewer. Parks and Rec Department is planning on improving Peck Park with a loan from the EZ Fund. Each department will make annual payments until the debt is satisfied, replenishing the fund for additional projects.