Allison C. Gallagher
For the Troy Daily News
TROY — The Aug. 12 commissioner’s meeting had a full agenda, which included a zoning hearing for a property in Piqua.
According to Miami County planning and zoning manager Dan Suerdieck, Douglas Groves of 8475 N. Dixie Drive in Piqua has put in an application to rezone his 1.6 acre home from I-2 Heavy Industrial to R-1AAA Single Family Residential.
“The commissioners have 20 days to decide and 30 days for the decision to go in effect,” Suerdieck said.
Groves was present at the meeting and explained that he had applied for a loan to get his roof fixed, but couldn’t secure the loans because of the zoning.
“Since it wasn’t a residential, if the home burned down I couldn’t rebuild it,” Groves said. “The sole purpose for why I need to change the zoning of the building is because the home needs a new roof.”
Commissioners vice president Jack Evans asked if there was any concern about flooding, which Groves said there was not.
“I live up on a hill, so if it floods, there’s a lot of people in trouble,” Groves joked.
Chris Monnin of Garmann Miller updated the commissioners about progress regarding bids from architects and engineers to update county buildings, which were constructed in the early 1970s. Many of the general contractors are unavailable to offer their services and are not wanting to bid with the knowledge that the projects the county needs completed would have to be done on weekends or weeknights.
In addition to the issues the county is having finding contractors who want to bid, there was also discussion about the best times to renovate that wouldn’t result in noise concerns for the courthouse or problems with turning the water off in the county jail.
“The updates need done,” Evan said. “The problem is finding someone who will do it and then finding good times to update that won’t disrupt business or the jail.”
In other business, the commissioners accepted a quote from WS Electronics and authorized the company to replace the communication center’s emergency alerting system (EAS) equipment. The current equipment was provided by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency in 1999 and is beyond its supported life, being unable to provide the internet capabilities that the county needs. The cost to replace the unit will be $4,881.37, with an additional $6,940.56 for an additional unit and necessary roof mounted antennae for the Hobart Center’s alternate public safety answering point. Fund 109 will pay for the purchase. The other quote was sought from P&R Communications, who declined to quote said purchase.
The second amendment to the FY2013 emergency management performance grant (EMPG) grant agreement for an extension was approved until Sept. 15. The extension will allow the EMA to support the county IT department in purchasing a server to enhance and improve the interoperability and capabilities of the emergency operations center at the Hobart Center for County Government.
The Miami County emergency operations plan promulgation statement was approved with revisions for the purpose of planning for population protection to avert or minimize the effects of disasters, help those who were affected and to repair areas that were struck without disrupting the social and economic disruption.
Regan Snider, transit director, requested that two light transit vehicles be purchased from TESCO in Oregon, Ohio, in participation with ODOT cooperative purchasing program which was authorized, along with the sheriff’s monthly expense account for the month of July.