COVINGTON — Covington Council approved engineering design services with CH2mHill for Covington’s Wastewater Treatment Plant during their meeting Monday evening. The approved agreement was for approximately $115,129, and for Phases 1 and 2 of the project.
The village is waiting on possible funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for the project and is confident that they will receive it. Brice Schmitmeyer, president of Access Engineering, explained that as long as their scores on their application are the same as last year, the village should be in good standing to receive it.
“I feel real good about that coming through,” Schmitmeyer said. He also added, “It’s never a guarantee.”
The village will have a two-year time frame to spend it should they receive it.
The estimated construction cost for the project will be $1,399,000, which was discussed during the second council meeting held in January. The estimated OPWC grant would pay for $375,000, and the estimated zero percent interest loan would pay for $375,000. Additional design costs were also estimated at $116,000 during that meeting.
The balance to be funded locally would be $765,000. There would be a zero percent loan annual payback of $12,500; an additional loan annual payback of $91,152; an annual cost per customer of $90.13; and a monthly cost per customer of $7.51.
The council also approved a modified agreement with Access Engineering for additional design services for the Safe Routes to School project, which were also discussed at a previous meeting. The additional cost approved was for approximately $10,000.
“Basically it was requirement from ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation) to obtain right-of-ways and make sidewalk improvements across the street from where the right-of-way was going,” Schmitmeyer said.
Also approved during the council meeting:
• An agreement with Access Engineering for an income survey and coordination services at a cost of $2,000
• Authorization for the village administrator to liquidate property and equipment inside the recently purchased Paul’s Pizza building, located on High Street
• The Tax Incentive Review Board’s recommendation to continue the 50 percent tax abatement for Concept Machine
• Awarding the 2016 Sidewalk Project to M&T Excavating for a cost of $25,426
• The 5K PLUS run on March 19, at 8 a.m.
The council approved waiving the three-reading rule on all of the approved resolutions and ordinances that required it during their meeting.
During public comment, candidate Gregory Simmons, who is running for Miami County Commissioner, stopped by during the council’s meeting to introduce himself.
“I think it’s time for us to be a little more transparent,” Simmons said about the county government. “I’m a man of integrity … Christianity is one of the things that drives me.”
Simmons helped found and pastor the Upper Room Worship Center in Tipp City. Simmons is also retired after holding various positions, including chief probation officer of Miami County Children Services and director of the juvenile detention center in Miami County.
NOTE: The council held a trash services workshop during their meeting, which will be covered in upcoming article in the Piqua Daily Call.
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