By Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA — Commissioner Bill Vogt took advantage of a short meeting agenda and slim attendance at Tuesday’s commission meeting to discuss complaints he has received on the state of the city. In particular, phone calls on the city being either ugly and/or dirty, and the health of the streets.
The controversial topic came in the form of conversations related to their hating the city, said Vogt.
“This is your city. Help clean it up. The city will reflect on the way you act,” said Vogt as he complemented those who maintain their properties and asked residents to offer a helping hand to their neighbor, as well as, refrain from dumping grass clippings into the street.
The commissioner also referenced the old adage of, it takes money to make money, citing funds spent on economic development, infrastructure improvements, and improvements to entrances into the city being necessary so as to attract new businesses into the area. One such infrastructure improvement on the evening agenda, and adopted by commission, was a contract to Barrett Paving Materials Inc. for the County Road 25A street resurfacing project from Riverside Drive south to Statler Avenue. The project will include new asphalt, roadway base repairs, adjustment of water valves and manholes, catch basic repairs or replacements, and installation of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant handicap ramps.
The project will not begin until Vectren has completed their work on Main St., with an estimated start date of the first of June, according to Amy Havener, director of engineering.
Commission also rescinded a 2012 resolution in favor of adopting new legislation with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in regards to paving State Route 185 from Covington Ave. to Park Ave. and a second paving project from Stratford Drive to the Miami/Darke County Line. As discussions with ODOT revealed a portion of SR 185 would be left unpaved between the two projects. The adopted modification will ensure that the state route is newly paved from Covington Avenue to the west corporation limit but will remain as two projects with Stratford Drive to Miami/Darke County line scheduled for later this year and the city portion in fiscal year 2016.
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.
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Bethany J. Royer may be reached at (937) 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall