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City of Piqua Street Resurfacing Program

Posted on: March 22nd, 2017 No Comments

 

Bid and project information for the 2017 City of Piqua Street Resurfacing Program is now available on the Bid and Project Information page.

 

 

City Commission Makes Board & Committee Appointments

Posted on: March 22nd, 2017 No Comments

 

At the March 21, 2017 City Commission meeting, the City Commission made the following board and committee appointments:

Jesse Dotson to the Energy Board

Dan Whitson, Jesse Dotson to the Housing Council

 

 

 

 

City Commission Meeting Minutes Approved

Posted on: March 22nd, 2017 No Comments

 

The minutes from the March 7, 2017 City Commission meeting were approved by City Commission at the March 21, 2017 meeting.

 

 

 

 

ODOT Western Ohio Construction for the Week of March 20 – 26, 2017

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 No Comments

 

The following closures are currently in effect for the week of March 20th – 26th:

Clark County
• I-70 east near US 68, Lane closures March 21st between the hours of 7 pm and 11 pm. One eastbound lane will remain open.
• I-675 south between Haddix Road and Restoration Park Drive, Daily lane closures March 20th – 24th between the hours of 7 am and 3 pm. One southbound lane will remain open at all times.

Darke County
• SR 721 between US 36 and Covington-Gettysburg Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE March 20th – June 3rd. The official detour is: US 36 to SR 48 to SR 718
• SR 571 between Culbertson Road and Harzell Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE March 9th – May 23rd. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721

Miami County
• I-75 between CR 25A (Piqua) and US 36, Nightly lane closures March 20th – 24th between the hours of 7 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
• I-75 between CR 25A (Piqua) and US 36, Lane width restrictions September 12th – June 15th of 2017. Lanes are restricted to 12 feet. Two lanes will remain open in each direction.
• Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, ROAD CLOSURE September 13th – June 15th, 2017. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road.

Montgomery County
• I-75 north between Northwoods Boulevard and Ginghamsburg Road, Lane closure March 22nd between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm. Two northbound lanes will remain open.
• I-70 between Bridgewater Road and I-75, Lane closures March 21st between 9 am and 3 pm. Two lanes will remain open in each direction.
• I-75 south between Stanley Avenue and Main Street, Lane closures March 21st between the hours of 9 pm and 11 pm. One southbound lane will remain open.
• SR 49 between Poplar Street and Main Street, ROAD CLOSURE March 1st – April 30th. The official detour is: US 40 to SR 503 to SR 722
• Old Mill Road between Phillipsburg-Union Road and North Montgomery County Line Road, ROAD CLOSURE February 6th – May 6th. The official detour is: Phillipsburg-Union Road to Rhinehard Road to North Montgomery County Line Road to Old Mill Road
• South Gebhart Church Road between SR 725 and Maue Road, ROAD CLOSURE February 6th – April 19th. The official detour is: Maue Road to Alexandersville Road to SR 725 to South Gebhart Church Road
• I-75 south Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE January 9th – September 30th. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west
• SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures November 28th through May 31st. One southbound lane will remain open at all times.

Shelby County
• Fair Road Ramp to I-75 south, RAMP CLOSURE March 20th – 24th. The official detour is: I-75 north to SR 47 to I-75 south.

UPCOMING CLOSURES:
• Montgomery – I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, Lane closures March 27th – June 30th. Two lane will remain open at all times.
• Montgomery – I-75 north/Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 27th – September 23rd. The official detour is: I-75 north/Stewart Street to US 35 west to James H McGee Blvd. to US 35 east
• Darke – SR 49 between Elroy- Ansonia Road and SR 47, ROAD CLOSURE March 27th -31st. The official detour is: SR 118 to SR 47
• Montgomery – I-75 northbound over Carillon Boulevard and the Great Miami River, Annual bridge inspections March 27th between the hours of 8 am – 12 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open on the bridge during inspections.
• Montgomery – I-75 southbound over Carillon Boulevard and the Great Miami River, Annual bridge inspections March 27th between the hours of 12 pm- 4 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Montgomery -US 35 eastbound over Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and the Great Miami River, Annual bridge inspections March 28th between the hours of 8 am – 12 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Montgomery -US 35 westbound over Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and the Great Miami River, Annual bridge inspections March 28th between the hours of 12 pm- 4 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Montgomery – US 35 eastbound Ramp to I-75 southbound, Annual bridge inspections March 29th between the hours of 8 am – 12 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Montgomery – I-75 north Ramp to US 35 east over Albany Street, Annual bridge inspections March 29th between the hours of 12 pm- 4pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Montgomery – I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, Annual bridge inspections April 3rd between the hours of 8 am – 12 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Montgomery – SR 4 southbound Ramp over I-75, Annual bridge inspections April 3rd between the hours of 12 pm – 4 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Montgomery – I-75 south over the Great Miami River and South Robert Drive, Annual bridge inspections April 4th between the hours of 8 am – 12 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Montgomery – I-75 south over US 35, Annual bridge inspections April 4th between the hours of 12 pm – 4 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Montgomery – I-75 north over the Great Miami River and South Robert Drive, Annual bridge inspections April 5th between the hours of 8 am – 12 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Montgomery – SR 4 north over the Great Miami River and North Bend Boulevard, Annual bridge inspections April 5th between the hours of 12 pm – 4 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Montgomery – I-75 south over Monument Street and the Great Miami River, Annual bridge inspections April 6th between the hours of 8 am – 12 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Montgomery – I-75 north over Monument Street and the Great Miami River, Annual bridge inspections April 6th between the hours of 12 pm- 4 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Montgomery – I-70 east over the Stillwater River, Annual bridge inspections April 10th between the hours of 8 am- 12 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Montgomery – I-70 west over the Stillwater River, Annual bridge inspections April 10th between the hours of 12 pm – 4pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections
• Miami – SR 571 east and west over the Stillwater River, Annual bridge inspections April 11th between the hours of 8 am – 12 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Miami – US 36 over the Great Miami River, Annual bridge inspections April 11th between the hours of 12 pm – 4pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections
• Miami -I-75 north over the Great Miami River, Annual bridge inspections April 12th between the hours of 8 am – 12 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Miami -I-75 south over the Great Miami River, Annual bridge inspections April 12th between the hours of 12 pm – 4 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Clark – I-70 east over the Mad River, Annual bridge inspections April 13th between the hours of 8 am – 4 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.
• Clark – I-70 west over the Mad River, Annual bridge inspections April 13th between the hours of 12 pm – 4 pm. Single lane closures will be in effect while crews evaluate the bridge. One lane of traffic will remain open during inspections.

ODOT closures focus on Interstate, US and State routes. For information on local roads you will need to contact the county, city or township where the road is located. Arrow boards and signs will be in place prior to the work zone to alert motorists of the upcoming closure. All work is weather permitting. Safety is a top priority at ODOT. To help ensure the safety of the construction workers as well as the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone.

The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state’s largest man-made asset–the transportation system. ODOT’s mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.

For more information contact: Mandi Dillon, Public Information Officer (937) 497-6820.

 

Mayor’s Blog: THIS. Is Piqua! – Active Living at its Finest!

Posted on: March 20th, 2017 No Comments

 

We talk a lot about “Quality Life” here in Piqua, and we do have a quality life here. It is up to each one of us to get off the couch and enjoy it! It has been exciting to watch Piqua become an Active Living community, because we do not need to look very far to see our citizens out and about – living actively on a daily basis. We even see folks out running in cold and snowy weather, just because they have the passion and desire to be active and stay active!

We all hear over and over again that being physically active is important to improve our health and to reduce our risk of developing physical diseases. We also have been told that being physically active has many immediate and long-term health benefits and that regular physical activity can even improve our quality of life! So, it is easy to say that one of the main reasons to get out and be active is to have a quality of life that we can enjoy for many, many years!

Click here to read the rest of Mayor Kazy Hinds’ blog entry ….

March 21, 2017 City Commission Meeting Agenda

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 No Comments

 

REGULAR PIQUA CITY COMMISSION MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017
7:30 PM
COMMISSION CHAMBER – 2ND FLOOR
201 WEST WATER STREET
PIQUA, OHIO 45356

CALL TO ORDER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL

ANNOUNCEMENTS

REGULAR CITY COMMISSION MEETING

CONSENT AGENDA

1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Approval of the minutes from the March 7, 2017 Regular City Commission Meeting

2. RES. NO. R-53-17
A Resolution reappointing a member to the Energy Board

3. RES. NO. R-54-17
A Resolution reappointing a member to the Housing Council

4. RES, NO. R-55-17
A Resolution appointing a member to the Housing Council

NEW BUSINESS

5. RES. NO. R-56-17-Public Hearing
A Resolution approving the renewal application for placement of farmland in an Agricultural District filed by Steven H. Allenbaugh & Brenda K. Allenbaugh for parcel #N44-100640 and N44-100740 in the City of Piqua

6. RES. NO. R-57-17-Public Hearing
A Resolution approving the renewal application for placement of farmland in an Agricultural District filed by Louise I. Cromes for parcels N44-076845, N44-077116, N44-077120 and N44-099300 in the City of Piqua

7. RES. NO. R-58-17-Public Hearing
A Resolution approving the renewal application for placement of farmland in an Agricultural District filed by James A. Hiegel for parcel #N44-095820

8. RES. NO. R-59-17
A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement to permit the usage of a
portion of Fountain Park by the Miami Valley Corvette Club

9. RES. NO. R-60-17
A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement to permit the usage of
a portion of Lock Nine Park and Linear Park to Mainstreet Piqua

10. RES. NO. R-61-17
A Resolution authorizing a contract with Gamble Associates Architecture + Urban Planning to perform
Professional Design Services for the Lock Nine Park Renaissance project

11. RES.NO. R-62-17
A Resolution requesting authorization to enter into an agreement with Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr &
Huber, Inc. to perform engineering detail design work on the wastewater pump stations

12. RES. NO. R-63-17
An Emergency Resolution requesting authorization to purchase the real property and building(s) located at  9480 N. State Route 66, Parcel No. M40-046700, payable to Miami County Sheriff’s Office, in the amount not to exceed $10,000.00

13. RES. NO. R-64-17
A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to join litigation to challenge Substitute Senate Bill 331

PUBLIC COMMENT
(This is an opportunity for citizens to address the City Commission regarding agenda items,
issues, or to provide information. Comments are requested to be limited to five (5) minutes and
specific questions should be addressed to the City Manager’s office.)

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

COMMISSIONERS COMMENT

ADJOURNMENT

March 21, 2017 City Commission Meeting Agenda Packet

 

 

Johnston Farm Friends Council to Welcome Teddy Roosevelt to Piqua

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 No Comments

Teddy Roosevelt, one of America’s most beloved presidents, will be speaking in Piqua. The Johnston Farm Friends Council will be presenting An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt on Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Piqua Hotel Ballroom. Through the personage of scholar/actor Gene Worthington, Teddy Roosevelt will share his observations on American life and politics in what observers have described as “Teddy Roosevelt recreated.”

During his public life, Roosevelt made a number of campaign stops throughout Ohio. Traveling by train, Roosevelt would often make a dozen whistle stops in the same day, usually speaking from the observation car’s rear platform, but occasionally from the steps of the local courthouse or other imposing building in the center of town.

For example, on May 16, 1912, he made whistle stops in Greenville, Bradford, Piqua, Sidney, Lima, Defiance, North Baltimore and Toledo. The previous day, Roosevelt gave speeches in Kenton, Elyria, Oberlin, Bellevue, Springfield, Norwalk, Sandusky, Fremont, Fostoria, Findlay, Bellefontaine, Urbana, Xenia, and Dayton. On May 17, 1912, Roosevelt gave speeches in Ironton, Chillicothe, Portsmouth, Jackson, Athens, Nelsonville, Logan, Lancaster and Columbus.

One of his most memorable speeches was delivered on October 14, 1912. An unemployed saloonkeeper shot the former president and Progressive Party candidate outside a Milwaukee hotel. Rather than allowing himself to be rushed to the hospital, Roosevelt insisted on delivering his scheduled 90-minute speech.

His lengthy prepared remarks, folded inside his breast pocket, undoubtedly helped to save his life. Theodore Roosevelt’s opening line on that occasion was hardly remarkable for a presidential campaign speech: “Friends, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible.”

His second line, however, was a bombshell. “I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot.” The horrified audience in the Milwaukee Auditorium gasped as the former president unbuttoned his vest to reveal his bloodstained shirt. Ladies in the front row fainted as blood oozed from the wound.

“It takes more than that to kill a bull moose,” the wounded candidate assured them. He reached into his coat pocket and pulled out a bullet-riddled, 50-page speech. Holding up his prepared remarks, which had two big holes blown through each page, Roosevelt continued.

“Fortunately I had my manuscript, so you see I was going to make a long speech, and there is a bullet—there is where the bullet went through—and it probably saved me from it going into my heart. The bullet is in me now, so that I cannot make a very long speech, but I will try my best.”

X-rays taken after the campaign event showed the bullet lodged against Roosevelt’s fourth right rib on an upward path to his heart. Fortunately, the projectile had been slowed by his dense overcoat, steel-reinforced eyeglass case and the fifty-page speech squeezed into his inner right jacket pocket.

Although his appearances in Piqua, Sidney, and Bellefontaine drew large crowds, they were the typical campaign crowds. Fortunately, there was no violence connected with any of his stops in the Miami Valley.

Worthington has portrayed historical characters in the Chautauqua style for over thirty years. This is a humanities program in which a scholar/actor brings to life a character from American history. Worthington brings his passion for baseball history to the stage with his presentation of Babe Ruth. His
performance of frontiersman Simon Kenton recreates American frontier history. And of course, he portrays the indomitable Teddy Roosevelt.

Worthington has served as the Artistic Director of the Historic Fayette Theater in Fayetteville, West Virginia for the past 20 years. During that time, he has directed over 30 productions, served as technical director for many of the shows and even found time to perform on the stage of the Historic Fayette Theater. His most memorable roles include Morrie in Tuesdays with Morrie, the Troll in Jack and the Giant; the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood; the Director in Play On; and, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.

Seats for An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt can be reserved at $25.00 each by calling the Johnston Farm and Indian Agency (937.773.2522). Tickets for members of the Johnston Farm Friends Council or the Ohio History Connection are available for $20.00 each.

Worthington’s appearance is being co-sponsored by the Piqua Library Foundation, Greg and Alissa Blankenship, Dan and Margaret French, the Mullenbrock Family, Tom and Sandy Shoemaker, Holiday Inn Express, Unity National Bank, Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance, the Miami Valley Center Mall and the Comfort Inn.

Piqua Municipal Water System is Confident in the Safety of Piqua’s Drinking Water

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 No Comments

 

In March 2017, The City of Piqua (City) was required to submit a map to the Ohio EPA, in accordance to House Bill 512 passed in June 2016, identifying areas of water distribution that has or is likely to contain lead service lines. This bill enacted section 6109.121 of the Ohio Revised Code which created requirements to regulate lead and copper testing of public water systems and the revision of law governing lead contamination from plumbing and fixtures.

In compliance to mapping areas with lead service lines the City of Piqua worked with engineering consultant, Hull & Associates (Hull). By interviewing City officials knowledgeable of the water distribution system, review of historic water main and service line design standards, review of “tap cards” and as-built drawings, and determined approximate dates of construction for developed areas, Hull was able to create the map.

Click the Map to Enlarge

Lead service lines are most likely present in the oldest part of the City, before the transition from the use of lead to copper for water service lines between 1940 – 1970. Hull categorized the map with the following:

• Before 1940: High likelihood that service lines contain lead
• From 1940 – 1969: Moderate likelihood that services lines contain lead
• From 1970 – Present: Low likelihood that service lines contain lead

Current City standard materials used for water mains is ductile iron pipe lined with concrete, push-on joints and rubber gaskets. It is the City’s policy to replace the publicly owned components of the water service with new copper tubing and non-lead brass hardware when lead piping and/or fitting have been confirmed. However, the City is not responsible for replacing the privately owned portion of the water service line, but recommends the owners consider replacements. Using precautions such as flushing the tap for approximately 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking can minimize the potential for lead exposure.

With new construction, such as the new City elementary schools Springcreek Elementary, Piqua Central Intermediate School, and Washington Primary School, there is no likelihood of lead service lines or any lead plumbing.

To confirm that adequate corrosion protection of distribution piping occurs, the City is currently performing a corrosion control study to document the quality of the City’s drinking water. This study is done with a coupon rack system located at the Water Treatment Plant to read how the water leaves the plant and the Piqua Fire Department. The coupon study will continue, to ensure the drinking water quality is maintained or improved, during and after the construction of the new water treatment plant.

“Results from this study, to date, have shown the City’s water to be very non-corrosive, minimizing the risk of lead leaching into resident’s water,” said Don Freisthler, Water System Superintendent.

In 2015, the Ohio EPA required the City to test for lead and copper as part of the tri-annual testing requirements. During this testing period the City collected 30 samples from different points throughout the city, including homes with both lead and copper plumbing. All samples collected were well within compliance with Ohio EPA lead and copper standards.

Don Freisthler stated, “The City of Piqua’s lead sampling program consists of 30 locations throughout the city. The results from all required sampling completed in 2015 and years past have never had a violation, indicating that all locations were below the Ohio EPA action level for lead of 15 mg/l.”

As of 2016, along with the tri-annual lead and copper testing, the City is required by the Ohio EPA to test for harmful algal blooms in our waterways. These samples have always been within the Ohio EPA standards. Since testing began, at no time was there detection of harmful algae in any of the three water sources; Piqua Hydraulic System, Gravel Pit, and the Great Miami River.

In the new water treatment plant, granular activated carbon filters will be incorporated into the filtering process. These filters will remove many organics, toxic algae and atrazine, an agricultural herbicide used to prevent broadleaf weeds in crops, from the raw water greatly improving the treatment process. The Ohio EPA has deemed these filters as the best and most reliable treatment process for water.

To ensure that citizens of Piqua have safe drinking water, The City of Piqua Water Treatment Plant follows strict Ohio EPA guidelines.

“The City of Piqua is committed to providing the safest and highest quality of water for the community. The new Water Treatment Plant will use the latest technologies to continue and advance that commitment,” stated Gary Huff, City Manager.

For more information regarding your drinking water, visit www.piquaoh.org, or contact Don Freisthler of the Piqua Municipal Water System at (937) 778-2090, or by email at dfreisthler@piquaoh.org.

 

 

Ohio Means Jobs Monthly Newsletter for March 2017

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 No Comments

 

For information about available jobs/positions, go to the Ohio Means Jobs website, click the link below or contact the Ohio Means Jobs Center – Miami County at 937-440-3465.

Ohio Means Jobs – Monthly Jobs Newsletter

Bid Information: IFB1710 – Copiers

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 No Comments

 

Sealed bids for the lease of Copiers for the City of Piqua will be received by the City of Piqua Purchasing Department at 201 W. Water Street, Piqua, Ohio, until 2:00 P.M., on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read.

More information, including the Invitation for Bid, can be found at Bid and Project Information page.

 

 

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