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2021 Piqua Government Academy Registration is Open

Posted on: August 11th, 2021 No Comments

The Piqua Government Academy welcomes all Piqua residents to come learn about WHAT the city does, WHY the city does it, and HOW the city does it. With how successful this program has been in the past, the academy has been recognized by the Ohio City/County Management Association as one of the best programs for Citizen Engagement! This is an excellent way to educate residents, build positive relationships and increase communication between our local government and our Piqua community. We hope by learning more about our local government it will encourage others to be future leaders.

 

The Piqua Government Academy is a free program offered to the Piqua and will begin on Monday, September 13, 2021 and will run every Monday for 10 weeks.

 

Academy participants will be able to:

  • Meet and interact with the Piqua City Manager, department heads and staff
  • Learn why decisions are made and how the departments operate
  • Discover the status of current projects and future plans for development and programming for the City of Piqua
  • Expand your knowledge and be informed on current topics in the community
  • Participate in lively discussions and other fun interactive activities
  • Tour city facilities
  • Become a more informed and involved citizen

 

Here is how you can sign up:

  1. Register using the online form at piquaoh.org – Online Piqua Government Academy Application
  2. Stop into the Piqua Municipal Government Complex and pick up an application.
  3. Download and print a Piqua Government Academy Application, mail or drop off:

 

Piqua Government Academy

City of Piqua

201 W. Water St.

Piqua, OH 45356

City of Piqua Hires New Utility Business Office Manager

Posted on: August 4th, 2021 No Comments

 

The City of Piqua is excited to announce Ronald (RJ) Monnier as the new Utility Business Office Manager. Monnier is an experienced utility industry leader with 10+ years of service at a rural electric cooperative with an expertise in utility billing and software implementation.

With the recent leadership transition of Utility Billing to the Piqua Power System, as part of the citywide reorganization, Monnier will be under the leadership of Piqua Power System Director Ed Krieger.

“My first priority when I assumed responsibility for the Utility Business Office was to hire an innovative and capable leader.  We are embarking on a journey to significantly improve how we interact with our customers,” emphasized Ed Krieger, Piqua Power System Director.

Monnier previously served as the District Member Service Supervisor for Pioneer Electric Cooperative with a focus on utility billing and handling escalated service calls. He has extensive knowledge in spearheading technology projects, including software implementation and enhancements and bill redesigns.

Krieger went on to say, “RJ Monnier possesses all the skills, experience and energy necessary to lead this effort.  As a life-long Piqua resident, RJ is excited for this opportunity and is looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

Monnier is a graduate of Lehman Catholic High School and received his BBA in accounting from the University of Dayton (2006).

“I look forward to serving the residents of Piqua in this role and working in the community where I grew up and call home,” stated Monnier.

Monnier resides in Piqua with his wife and two children. In his free time, he enjoys being a member of the Knights of Columbus and a T-ball Coach.

 

 

August 3, 2021 Piqua City Commission Agenda

Posted on: July 30th, 2021 No Comments

 

Notice is hereby given that Piqua City Commission will meet on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 5:00 PM in the City Commission Chamber at the Piqua Municipal Government Complex Building, 201 W. Water Street, Piqua, Ohio.

 


August 3, 2021 Piqua City Commission Meeting Packet

REGULAR PIQUA CITY COMMISSION MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2021
5:00 PM
COMMISSION CHAMBER–2nd FLOOR
201 WEST WATER STREET
PIQUA, OHIO 45356

CALL TO ORDER

THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL

OATH OF OFFICE – PIQUA POLICE DEPARTMENT
POLICE LIEUTENANT – MILES GEARING

REGULAR PIQUA CITY COMMISSION MEETING

CONSENT AGENDA

1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Approval of the Minutes from the July 20, 2021, Regular Piqua City Commission Meeting and July 23, 2021, Special Piqua City Commission.

2. RESOLUTION NO. R-64-21
A RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE OF JERRY L. FOGT AS A CITY EMPLOYEE

NEW BUSINESS

3. RESOLUTION NO. R-65-21
A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING ANNEXATION OF 0.663 ACRES OF CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS 1801 ECHO LAKE DRIVE

4. RESOLUTION NO. R-66-21
A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING ANNEXATION OF 0.455 ACRES OF CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS 1502 S. MAIN STREET

5. RESOLUTION NO. R-67-21
A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING ANNEXATION OF 7.298 ACRES OF CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS 8665 STATE ROUTE 66

6. RESOLUTION NO. R-68-21
7. A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AMENDMENT TO ZONING MAP TO ASSIGN THE R1-AA (ONE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL) ZONING DESIGNATION TO PARCEL M40-048100 UPON ANNEXATION OF THE PROPERTY

8. RESOLUTION NO. R-69-21
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AMENDMENT TO ZONING MAP TO ASSIGN THE I2 (HEAVY INDUSTRIAL) ZONING DESIGNATION TO PARCEL M40-042440 UPON ANNEXATION OF THE PROPERTY

9. RESOLUTION NO. R-70-21
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AMENDMENT TO ZONING MAP TO ASSIGN THE R1-AA (ONE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL) ZONING DESIGNATION TO PARCEL M40-250090 and M40-048150 UPON ANNEXATION OF THE PROPERTY

10. RESOLUTION NO. R-71-21
A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE CITY OF PIQUA’S ANTI-DISPLACEMENT AND RELOCATION ASSISTANCE PLAN AS REQUIRED BY THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT

11. RESOLUTION NO. R-72-21
A RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH A DESIGNATED OUTDOOR REFRESHMENT AREA

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

City of Piqua Continues to Increase Efficiencies of City Operations

Posted on: July 27th, 2021 No Comments

On Friday, July 23, 2021, Piqua City Commission approved amendments to Schedule A in response to reclassification of specific positions and reorganization of certain departments to increase efficiency of City operations and for reasons of economy. As reorganization occurs inside city departments, it is important for the community to be informed of these changes.

Over the course of the last several months, a City-wide reorganization has occurred and will continue.  This reorganization was the result of the City Manager reviewing the efficiency and effectiveness of departments City-wide.  Specific to the Finance Department, the following reorganizational elements have or will occur.

  • The transition of Utility Billing from the Finance Department to Piqua Power;
  • The transition of management with respect to the City’s golf course from the Finance Department and to the Parks Department;
  • The transition of payroll functions from the Finance Department to the Human Resources Department; and,
  • The transition of the purchasing function from the Finance Department to the City Manager

 

In June of 2021, Piqua Finance Director Cynthia Holtzapple and Assistant Finance Director Lisa Cavender were placed on paid administrative leave pending internal reviews. On July 9, 2021, Holtzapple resigned from the City of Piqua and Ben Goodin assumed the role of Acting Finance Director. These positions have since been abolished or reorganized due to reorganization for the efficient operation of the City and for reasons of economy.

At the conclusion of the internal review there are no concerns about missing funds, however, per Section 44 – Special Audits of the Piqua City Charter, upon the resignation of the director of finance the city manager shall cause an audit to be made of the accounts. The City will release a RFP in the fall of this year to conduct a financial audit.

The City will be diligently tracking funds and posting detailed reports to the City website. An example of current trends we are seeing in the Water/Sewer/Underground Funds in comparison to the first five (5) months last year are:

  • Salaries are down by: $147,592
  • Utilities are down by: $35,669
  • O&M are down by:  $75,469

 

City officials and city staff continue to move towards the common goal of increased conformity with the City Charter and Ordinances. For more information regarding city business, please visit www.piquaoh.org.

July 23, 2021 Piqua City Commission Special Meeting Agenda

Posted on: July 22nd, 2021 No Comments

 

Notice is hereby given that Piqua City Commission will meet on July 23, 2021 at 4:45 PM in the Piqua Municipal Government Complex Building, 201 W. Water Street, Piqua, Ohio.

 


 

July 23, 2021 Piqua City Commission Agenda Packet

 

SPECIAL PIQUA CITY COMMISSION MEETING
JULY 23, 2021
4:45 PM
MUNICIPAL COMPLEX
201 WEST WATER STREET
PIQUA, OHIO 45356

CALL TO ORDER

THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL

 

SPECIAL PIQUA CITY COMMISSION MEETING

OLD BUSINESS

1. ORDINANCE NO. O-2-21 (AMENDED) (2nd Reading)
AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE REPEALING SCHEDULE A OF CHAPTER 33 OF THE PIQUA CODE AND ADOPTING A NEW SCHEDULE A OF CHAPTER 33 OF THE PIQUA CODE, RELATING TO WAGES OF CERTAIN MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES

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

 

July 23, 2021 Piqua City Commission Agenda Packet

City of Piqua to Begin Staff Reorganization

Posted on: July 15th, 2021 No Comments

 

The City of Piqua strives to provide the highest level of service to the community. To provide efficient and cost-effective services, the city has embarked on an evaluation of staffing needs. As an outcome of the evaluation, the Finance Department will be reorganized.

On Friday, July 9, 2021, Piqua Finance Director, Cynthia Holtzapple, will no longer assume the responsibilities of Finance Director; Ben Goodin has assumed the role of Acting Finance Director. Another staff member is currently on paid administrative leave during the evaluation of staffing needs.

As of July 5, 2021, the Utility Billing Office reports to Piqua Power Director, Ed Krieger. Ed will bring technological improvements to the department along with a strong understanding of customer service.

All operations will continue with little to no disruption.

City of Piqua is Seeking Members for the Community Diversity Committee

Posted on: July 9th, 2021 No Comments

 

The City of Piqua has multiple board and committee openings and encourages the Piqua community to apply. These committees assist the Commission, administration, and individual departments throughout the city and adjourning areas.

Board/Committee: Openings:
Ad Hoc – Community Diversity Committee 7 July 30, 2021

For more information, please call Karen S. Jenkins, Clerk of Commission, at 937-778-2074. Board and committee applications are available on our website and at the Municipal Government Complex at 201 West Water Street, Piqua, Ohio 45356.

 

 

Juneteenth the Emancipation of Enslaved African Americans

Posted on: June 19th, 2021 No Comments

 

Today in Piqua we honor Juneteenth by highlighting the Randolph & McCulloch Freedom’s Struggle Complex located at 655 N. Main St. This facility is situated along the Great Miami River on a well-known pathway to fugitives on the Underground Railroad and overlooks the Randolph settlement of Rossville.

In 1846 the arrival of nearly 400 Randolph Freedmen came by way of the Miami-Eri Canal where this would serve as a swing bridge between Lock 9 and the Johnston Farm, the home of Colonel John Johnston the Indian agent and a Commissioner on the Miami-Erie Canal. The Randolph & McCulloch Freedom’s Struggle Complex presents a multicultural and inclusive perspective on American history sharing print graphics, Linda Hamilton’s West African symbols, and wall murals that showcase the Randolph narrative and the fight for Civil Rights through the leadership of Piqua Congressman William McCulloch.

The Arthur Thomas Learning Center inside the complex provides an educational setting for sharing the story of the Randolph Freedmen and the challenges faced by black pioneer settlers. The facility welcomes school field trips and mentoring partnerships from May to October.

For more information please contact Larry Hamilton at 937-778-1035.

 

Sidewalk and One Lane Closure: 607 W. Water Street

Posted on: June 17th, 2021 No Comments

 

The City of Piqua has a sidewalk closing at 607 West Water Street which may be viewed at https://piquaoh.org/closings/.

Feel free to contact the Engineering office (937) 778-2044 if you have any questions.

 

 

June 22, 2021 Piqua City Energy Board Meeting Canceled

Posted on: June 17th, 2021 No Comments

 

 

The regular scheduled Piqua City Energy Board meeting on June 22, 2021, has been canceled due to no business.  The next regular scheduled meeting will be held on July 27, 2021.

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