Meeting begins with old rivalry set aside

Bethany J. Royer

March 4, 2014

By Bethany J. Royer

Staff Writer


PIQUA — The oldest rivalry in the state set aside their differences for one of their own last month. Their act of kindness and generosity highlighted at Tuesday’s commission meeting as their show of solidarity for one of their peers resulted in over $14,000 being raised.

The recipient of this unique collaboration between Piqua and Troy schools was Brandon Burnside, a sophomore at Piqua High School (See ‘Orange Out fundraiser huge success’) under the guidance of school athletic directors, Dave Palmer and Chip Hare. Their actions emphasizing the “goosebumps for one’s community” statement often voiced by Gary Huff, city manager, and likewise stated by Lucy Fess, city mayor, as she gave a special proclamation in awareness of Burnside’s fight against Leukemia and those who aided in his battle.

It was an inspiring way to open the first commission meeting of March, an agenda that began with 19 appointments and several re-appointments to a number of community boards.

Civil Service Commission, Alissa Blankenship, Mike Gutmann and Evelyn Mahrt; Downtown District Design Review Board, Ann DeBrosse Comer and Brenda Vetter; Planning Commission, Mark Spoltman and Gary Koenig; Housing Council, Dan Whitson and Christopher Kolsky; Park Board, Christopher Kolsky; Miami Regional Planning Commission William Vogt and Christopher Schmiesing; Energy Board, Rodney Young, John Alexander, Earl Lynn Sever II, D. Pat Jenkins, Jim Froning, Stu Shear and Greg Blankenship.

New business for the meeting began with the first of three readings on an ordinance that would see the creation of a four-way stop at the current two-way stop intersection of Park Ave/Lambert Drive.

After a request was made by an area resident over the intersection in regards to pedestrian safety, or too many close calls, as explained by Amy Havenar, city engineer, a study was performed. The results — citing terrain, speed, traffic and the number of pedestrians, particularly school children — warrant the change if adopted upon a third reading by commission members.

The remaining agenda consisted of a resolution to improve transformer storage at the new power system site. City leaders adopted two resolutions and subsequent contracts to T.C. Holzen, of Troy and M & T Excavating, of Bradford for the project.

The total for the transformer storage project is listed at $211,980.

Commission also awarded a contract for the purchase of a refuse packer truck at $122,043 minus $5,000 for trade-in as, according to Amy Welker, director of health and sanitation, this is a routine replacement. While a purchase order to Lebanon Ford for three Ford police interceptor utility vehicles at $76,686 or $24,729 each with an additional $833 for specific features was also adopted.

According to Bruce Jamison, chief of police, the purchase of the new vehicles would return the fleet to a proper rotation and allow better utility for police officers who spend anywhere from 10 to 12 hours per day in them.

Commission also adopted a transfer of funds from the law enforcement trust fund to the Piqua Juvenile Education Fund Inc., Tuesday, with Jamison stating it was time the city contributed on par with the community.

The final resolution of the evening was adopted on a 3 to 1 vote for purchase of various pieces of upkeep equipment for Echo Hills Golf Course. Items listed on agenda include one self-contained sprayer, two riding greens mowers, one sand trap rake, a contour rotary mower and one gasoline powered truck. The total purchase order is $178,470.69 to Wolf Creek Company.

Commission meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. every first and third Tuesday of the month, on the second floor of the Government Municipal Complex, in the commission chamber. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

For information on meetings, work sessions, and more visit piquaoh.org.

Bethany J. Royer may be reached at (937) 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall