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Odessa set to get $9.9M water system upgrade

The village of Odessa is set to undergo a significant upgrade to its water system, as announced by Mayor Gerry Messmer. The $9.9 million project, largely funded by grants and a 0% long-term bond, will start this spring to address the village’s longstanding water quality issues. The two-phase initiative will replace aging water lines, introduce a modern water treatment process, and ensure new service lines for homes, alongside the installation of new fire hydrants and sidewalk repairs on Main Street. This infrastructure improvement aims to enhance the quality of life for Odessa residents and support local business growth.


As Odessa prepares for these developments, Mayor Messmer also shared his decision to retire in March 2025, concluding a remarkable 39-year tenure in public service. His leadership has seen substantial progress, including the implementation of a sewer system essential for the opening of new businesses, contributing to the village’s revitalization. The mayor’s announcement opens the door for new leadership to continue Odessa’s positive trajectory.

With the mayor’s impending retirement, he calls on the community to step forward with fresh ideas and support for ongoing and future projects. Initiatives like the establishment of a runner’s club, the return of The Bucket’s street festival, and plans for new public spaces signal an exciting chapter for Odessa. Mayor Messmer’s appeal emphasizes the importance of community involvement in sustaining the village’s momentum and enhancing its appeal as a vibrant place to live and work.