PIQUA — As discussed at the Piqua City Commission’s recent worksession, the commission will be hearing the first reading of an ordinance that will change the format of their meeting structure during their next meeting on Tuesday evening.
The ordinance will amend the section of the Piqua code that sets the rules of conduct of commission meetings and will establish public comment as taking place at the beginning of commission meetings. If approved after three readings, public comment will no longer take place at the end of the meeting and will not be sought after each item of business on the agenda.
At commission’s last meeting, the meeting format was already changed and public comment was held at the beginning of the meeting. A concern was later raised that changing the layout of commission meetings had violated Piqua’s code. While the Piqua charter does not require that commission meetings receive any sort of public comment, City Attorney Stacy Wall explained at the worksession that the language in the rules of conduct portion of the Piqua city code has “implied language” about when public comment is to be taken.
While Wall stated that is it arguable whether the commission is required to follow the implied language of that ordinance, the commission has decided to return to their old format for now until the city code has been formally amended.
Also on the commission’s agenda is two purchase orders. The commission will first vote on the purchase order to Best Equipment Co., Inc. for the purchase of a Vac-Con truck for the Underground Utilities Department. This Vac-Can truck is part of the department’s 10-year capital improvement plan.
According to the staff report, this truck will decrease the time it takes to repair a water main from four to two hours “in certain situations” and will allow the department to go “200 feet further” than with their previous truck.
The cost is not to exceed $360,971.76. According to the staff report, the truck was in the 2016 budgets with 40 percent city water funds, 40 percent city wastewater funds, and 20 percent city stormwater funds.
The commission will also consider the purchase of of a new Tymco Street Sweeper. The Storm Water Department is seeking to replace their current street sweeper, which is 12 years old. According to the staff report, the “current sweeper is in dilapidated condition and is in constant state of needing (to be) repaired.”
The cost will be $230,137.50. The purchase will come out of the city’s storm water funds.
Kris E. Lee, retired police officer with the Piqua Police Department, will also be honored Tuesday evening. The commission will be issuing a resolution of appreciation for Lee’s 22 years of service to the community.
The commission will also be making a series of committee and board reappointments and appointments, including Bradley Bubp to the Downtown District Design Review Board; Stu Shear to the Civl Service Commission; Joe Drapp to the Energy Board; Lloyd Shoemaker to the Park Board; Ronald Pilkington to the Stormwater Utility Board; Judy Terry to the Tree Committee; Regina Favorite to the Tree Committee; and Randi Simon-Serey to the Tree Committee.
On the order of old business, the commission will be hearing the second reading of an ordinance to vacate a portion of public right-of-way. The spot is an alley located west of Ford Drive and south of Young Street. It is no longer being used by the city, and the property owners abutting the alley have been mowing and taking care of the alley.
The next Piqua City Commission meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in commission chambers on the second floor of the municipal building located at 201 W. Water St.
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