PIQUA — Assistant Fire Chief Lee Adams took his oath of office for the Piqua Fire Department during the Piqua City Commission meeting Tuesday evening.
“We do give thanks for our fire department,” Mayor Kazy Hinds said. “(It’s) wonderful to have our assistant fire chief here with us.”
With Adams to commemorate the moment were numerous family members and friends, including other members of the Piqua Fire Department. To everyone including Adams, Hinds added, “Thank you all for all you do for our community.”
For the first item of new business on the agenda, the commission approved leasing Lock 9 Park to Mainstreet Piqua and the Piqua Arts Council for use during the Rock Piqua! Riverfront Concert Series, happening on June 18, July 16, and Aug. 20.
“This year, we’re going to try something a little different,” Jordan Knepper, executive director of the Piqua Arts Council, said. Knepper explained that this year’s concert series will focus on cover bands playing 50’s-70’s music in June, country in July, and 80’s to today for the final concert in August.
Commissioner Joe Wilson asked what kind of attendance the event has received in the past, noting that the past events each seemed successful. Knepper explained that the first year they held the concert series, there were approximately 2,500 to 2,800 people at each event. At least year’s concerts, attendance was down a little. For this year’s concerts, they are hoping to see between 2,800 and 3,000 people.
“We’re looking forward to these concerts,” Lorna Swisher, executive director of Mainstreet Piqua, said. Swisher explained that there will be different food trucks at each event that go along with the music at the particular concert. Susie’s Big Dipper will also be at every concert, including stands to purchase alcohol and water. “The bands are fabulous,” Swisher said.
Also on the agenda, the commission approved the final legislation to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the resurfacing of State Route 185 within the city. The preliminary agreement was approved in May 2014.
“ODOT has designed the project, and they’re ready to go out to bid,” City Engineer Amy Havenar said.
The resurfacing project will include Sunset Drive — State Route 185 — and extend from Covington Avenue to the west corporation limit. The project will complete pavement repair in addition to the resurfacing.
ODOT is funding approximately 80 percent of the costs for the project through their Urban Paving Program. The project is estimated to cost $360,000. The remaining 20 percent will be locally funded with approximately $79,165.
Also on the agenda in connection with Piqua roads, the commission approved awarding a contract to Grissom Construction, LLC. for the Sidewalk ADA Compliance Program. The Sidewalk ADA Compliance Program will install 41 ADA-compliant handicap ramps at intersections that are along the streets that will be resurfaced in the city’s 2016 Street Resurfacing Program. The cost will be approximately $78,700, which includes a 10 percent contingency.
In regard to Piqua’s water, the commission approved amending the contract with Strand Associates to move into the bidding phase for the new Central Zone Water Tower Project. Strand Associates began their research and design for a new, one million-gallon water tower for the central zone of the distribution system of the city after a resolution was approved in 2013.
The city has a $1.075 million grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for the construction of the tower. The cost of amending the contract with Strand Associates will be approximately $27,000.
The commission approved the purchase and installation of two valves and materials needed for the installation of the valves on the 20-inch water main feeding the water distribution system from the current Water Treatment Plant. The two valves currently in place are “inoperable,” according to Water Systems Assistant Superintendent Bob Jennings.
The valves will be purchased from HD Supply Waterworks. They were the lowest of three bids for the materials, and the purchase order is not to exceed $14,000. Culy Contracting will complete the installation, and the contract is not to exceed $17,000.
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