By Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA — A new face was among those in attendance at Tuesday’s commission meeting as Justin A. Sommer, assistant city manager/economic development director, was present for the first time. The lengthy agenda opened with proclamations of recognition upon two retirements beginning with Kirt Huemmer after 27 years of service as the city’s golf course working supervisor.
Huemmer was in attendance, along with his family, for the occasion and gave thanks to the city stating, “It’s been a lot of fun.”
Larry Picklesimer also was recognized for more than 20 years of service as a firefighter and paramedic with the fire department and took a moment to state, “It has been an honor and blessing to serve the citizens of Piqua,” and said he was happy to help.
Commission also welcomed several new members to the following boards: Earl Slater to the Board of Zoning Appeals and Income Tax Board of Review, Dustin Davis to the Board of Zoning Appeals, and Steve Frazier and Kevin Pryfogle to the Park Board — before proceeding into new business that included adopting a resolution that will allow Chris Jackson usage of area public parks for Adventures on the Great Miami.
Jackson owns and operates a non-motorized watercraft rental business in Tipp City and will be bringing kayaks and canoes to the area. This will be what city leaders emphasize as just one of many “key ingredients” towards attracting the public to local river activities.
Those interested in kayak or canoe rentals can look forward to Adventures on the Great Miami opening during the Memorial Day weekend holiday, with signs to be posted at Lock Nine Park as to hours and contact information.
Commission also adopted a resolution to apply for Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) funding for improvements at the Piqua Municipal Airport such as crack sealing and new pavement markings.
According to Amy Havenar, city engineer, ODOT’s Ohio Airport Grant Program offers $1 million each year to the state’s small airports for runway improvements. However, the funds are extremely competitive as the monies are split amongst those few chosen. The city applied for the program and funds two years ago but was subsequently denied.
Also on the agenda and adopted was an amended resolution to contract with CDM-Smith for their engineering services regarding an engineering report for the wastewater treatment plant, see a future Piqua Daily Call for more on going back to the drawing board. While also authorizing a lease agreement for Lock Nine Park and Linear Park to the Piqua Arts Council and Mainstreet Piqua for their three-series concerts over the summer, Rock Piqua! As well as, authorizing the engineering services of Access Engineering Solutions Inc. for the Ridge Street, Garbry Road and Hemm Road water main improvements. Some of those improvements will consist of water main upgrades that includes a current two inch galvanized water main to a minimum 8 inch iron water main for the former.
Commission also adopted a resolution to purchase four F-series trucks for the public works department.
According to Brian Brookhart, assistant public works director, the purchase will include an F-450 4x4 and F-350 4x4 for the street department, with two F-250 4x4 regular cab trucks for the parks department. Given the age and mileage on three older vehicles currently in use such as a 1991 Chevy truck with 140,000 miles, a 1998 Chevy truck with 120,000 miles and a 1992 Ford truck with 110,000 miles, replacements are needed.
All older vehicles will be sold rather than traded-in.
Two public right-of-ways were also on the agenda, with an adoption of 4 to 1 for both resolutions pertaining to vacating an alley near Nicklin Avenue and Ann Street, and a second to vacate an alley between Campbell Street and Downing Street.
Commissioner Bill Vogt was the lone holdout on both resolutions stating in the case of the latter that eliminating access posed a disruption.
Commission meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. every first and third Tuesday of the month, on the second floor of the Government Municipal Complex, in the commission chamber. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
For information on meetings, work sessions, and more visit piquaoh.org.
Bethany J. Royer may be reached at (937) 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall