Piqua City Commission to consider amendment for the ballot

Will expand reasons for executive session

By Sam Wildow - [email protected]

PIQUA — During their Tuesday evening meeting, the Piqua City Commission will consider an ordinance that will give residents a chance to vote on additional times that the commission can go into executive session.

If approved after three readings, that ordinance will authorize the submission of a proposed amendment to the Piqua Charter for the Nov. 8 General Election ballot. The proposed amendment would amend Piqua’s charter to be consistent with the Ohio Revised Code in reference to when the commission can go into executive session. This will allow the commission to go into executive session to discuss economic development, matters of security or emergency protocols, and anything else authorized by the Ohio Revised Code.

The commission will also vote on the purchase of a medic for the Piqua Fire Department from Horton Emergency Vehicles Company to replace the department’s 1996 model. According to the staff report, that model was supposed to be replaced four years ago, “but was kept due to the failure of a 2007 model that was replaced in 2012.” The 1996 model requires regular maintenance because of its age and its dependability is decreasing. The cost is not to exceed $236,000.

The city is also looking to amend their agreement with LJB Inc. for their design work and right-of-way acquisition services for the Garnsey Street/Commercial Street Corridor Neighborhood Connector Project. According to the staff report, the increased amount in the contract will address additional engineering and right-of-way services that “have become necessary to bring this project to a close and to allow for construction to begin.”

If the commission approves it, the contract to LJB Inc. will increase by $46,545 to a total of $176,725. The funds will come from the street income tax, but the city received $421,462 in grant funding from the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission for the construction of this project. The total cost of the construction is estimated at $527,000.

The commission will also consider a resolution that will amend the city’s agreement with Bowser-Morner, Inc. for the testing and observation services for the off-site pipeline project as part of the new Water Treatment Plant. This will allow for a technician to be on site for eight hours a day instead of only four. The contract will increase by $40,000 to a total of $58,000.

Also on the agenda:

• An ordinance to amend language in Chapter 51 of the Piqua Municipal Code in regard to wastewater in order to comply with the Ohio EPA

• A resolution to approve legislation with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for microsurfacing various routes, including a portion of U.S. Route 36 within the city

• A resolution that will lease Lock 9 Park and Linear Park to Mainstreet Piqua for the Down a River Down a Beer Recreational Trail Celebration Event on Aug. 6

• A resolution authorizing the city manager to submit an application to ODOT for funding to make improvements to Hartzell Field at the Piqua Municipal Airport

Will expand reasons for executive session

By Sam Wildow

[email protected]

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

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