PIQUA — A light agenda will be before the Piqua City Commission during their next meeting Tuesday evening as they take a vote on the ordinance that will slightly restructure the layout of their meetings.
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. The third reading will be held Tuesday evening. If it is approved, 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.
In new business, the commission will consider a purchase order for a portable, 6-inch, diesel-driven pump and hoses for all water utilities departments, to be purchased from Godwin Pumps of America, Inc.
According to the staff report, this “unit will be used by all the water divisions when needed,” as well as during emergencies. The unit is mounted on a two-wheel trailer with a 60-gallon fuel tank. The unit also has a 2,000 hours/one-year warranty on the engine, pump, and trailer.
The cost is not to exceed $40,000. According to the report, this item is budgeted in the city’s 2016 budget as 40 percent water funds, 40 percent wastewater funds, and 20 percent stormwater funds.
The commission also will vote to approve the Fiscal Year 2016 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Application for the Piqua Great Miami River Recreational Trail Maintenance Project. The resolution will also authorize the city manager to submit the application to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The application is for funding to repair 1,400 feet of the Great Miami River streambank between the North County Road 25-A bridge and the Ash Street bridge along the Great Miami River Recreational Trail. According to the staff report, the “streambank is eroding and is encroaching upon the Great Miami River Recreational Trail.”
There are approximately 20 feet between the trail and the river through this section. The repairs will include installing 10-foot wide Rip Rap “along 1,400 linear feet with concrete slurry on top to seal,” according to the staff report.
This funding requires a 20 percent local match. With the expected expenditure being $100,000, the local match is expected to be approximately $20,000 if the city receives RTP funding. The application for funding is due April 1. There will be a public hearing held at 2 p.m. March 29 in commission chambers to discuss the proposed project.
Also on the agenda:
• Resolution of appreciation for the public service of Tom Christy, who retired as deputy police chief with the Piqua Police Department after over 35 years of service to the city
• Appointing Skip Murray to the Board of Zoning Appeals
• Appointing Edna Steifel to the Park Board
• Appointing Perry Townsend to the Stormwater Utility Board
The next Piqua City Commission meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in commission chambers on the second floor of the municipal building, 201 W. Water St.
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