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From Mainstreet Piqua: Great Miami Riverway to be discussed at Downtown business owners meeting

Posted on: February 23rd, 2018 No Comments


The next downtown Piqua Merchants Meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27 in the boardroom at the Mainstreet Piqua office at 326 N. Main Street.  Piqua area businesses are invited to learn about how Great Miami Riverway’s marketing and planning initiatives support downtown Piqua’s own redevelopment efforts. At the meeting Riverway Coordinator Elizabeth Conner will be on hand to talk about the organization’s regional marketing efforts and accomplishments.

The Mainstreet Piqua Merchants meetings are offered as a service by Mainstreet Piqua and are absolutely free and open to all business owners in the Piqua community.  More information about the Tuesday, February 27 meeting can be obtained by calling Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.


Threat Assessment Procedures in Piqua (Police Media Release: 18MR03)

Posted on: February 22nd, 2018 No Comments

Anxiety related to school shootings has understandably increased over the past week. We want to hear about concerns and threats so we can be proactive in addressing them, so thank you for those reports made directly to us. Citizen anxiety is probably escalated after the most recent shooting as it has clearly demonstrated system inadequacies and showcased a person that seems to have committed violent acts despite reports of the potential threat. We have no interest in being part of any blame games in other jurisdictions, but we would like to address how we assess threats in Piqua so people will continue to report them. We also seek to serve a community that is not creating panic by inappropriately passing along false rumors and want to provide citizens with the knowledge and tools they need to feel safe.

In Piqua, we first take protective measures for uninvolved parties to a threat which could include closing a school/business or making an announcement to those affected. We then gather multi-disciplinary teams to assess information that could lead a reasonable person to believe a violent act could occur. We include law enforcement and a mental health component along with teams familiar with the situation or concern. In factories, this is frequently HR, senior management, and floor supervisors. At a school, this would include principals, in-school counselors, and other staff with direct knowledge. We are just beginning to establish threat assessment teams in houses of worship and defining what those might look like. These are confidential gatherings where the various disciplines may share information that is otherwise protected. The legal ability to share this information must be assessed by the entity that has the information, and the privacy exceptions can apply in the interest of protecting lives.

In Piqua, we have developed a tool based on several sources that have determined clear indicators of potential violence based on studies of previous incidents. Those indicators have not changed much even though we have seen a continuous evolution of active shooter trends. This multi-disciplinary team determines a “level of concern” for the threat. Low and medium concerns result in continual monitoring and usually follow-up actions by the school or business. If the team decides, after the review, that
• it is reasonable to believe the subject poses a threat to themselves or others; or
• the subject appears to be on path to attack, then
our agency takes control of the situation for arrest and/or involuntary mental health evaluation, and we continue communication with the school or business to conduct reentry plans for the subject to the school or work environment. Additional protective measures for other parties may also be implemented.

A threat assessment goes beyond determining whether a subject said something threatening. If they said something illegal and we can prove it, they get charged. We still assess the threat for both the intent and the capacity of the subject to carry it out. When threats are brought to our attention outside of school or work hours, we frequently prohibit the student or employee from coming to the potential target site while conducting the investigation.

We want to encourage citizens to report their concerns. They can simply call 937-440-9911 and ask to speak to an officer, or they can use our anonymous Submit-A-Tip system. We discourage people from getting on social media and asking if anyone else has the same concern, or issuing their own warnings to their social media audience that is based on second-hand information. “I have yet to see one of our cases benefit from private citizens issuing their own warnings or reports of threats to a broad social media audience.,” said Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison, “And if you add to that equation a warning or the repetition of an unsubstantiated rumor, it interferes with our investigation and can actually create its own safety hazards.”

There are several other tip lines and anonymous tip services available. They will pass information specific to Piqua along to us. Likewise, we forward our tips to more appropriate agencies when we don’t have jurisdiction.

Please, don’t hesitate to report your concerns or threats that you witness directly to us. And, think twice before passing along any information on social media outlets when you don’t personally know that information to be true.

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Media Contact: Bruce A. Jamison, Chief of Police, 937-778-2029


February Energy Board Meeting

Posted on: February 22nd, 2018 No Comments


On Tuesday, February 27, 2018 the Piqua City Energy Board will have its regularly scheduled meeting at 12:00 P.M.  The meeting will be held at Piqua Power Service Center located at 201 Hemm Avenue.


Power Service Center – 201 Hemm Avenue



February 20, 2018 City Commission Meeting Agenda

Posted on: February 15th, 2018 No Comments


6:00 PM








Approval of minutes from the February 6, 2018 Regular City Commission Meeting

2. RES. NO. R-26-18
A Resolution appointing a member to the Park Board

3. RES. NO. R-27-18
A Resolution appointing a member to the Park Board

4. RES. NO. R-28-18
A Resolution reappointing a member to the Planning Commission

5. RES. NO. R-29-18
A Resolution appointing a member to the Tree Committee

6. RES. NO. R-30-18
A Resolution of Appreciation for the public service of Robert A. Bloom as a City Employee

7. RES. NO. R-31-18
A Resolution of Appreciation for the public service of Duane J. Novotny, Sr. as a City Employee


8. ORD. NO. 2-18 (3rd Reading)
An Emergency Ordinance amending Chapter 50 of the Piqua Code, relating to garbage and refuse


9. ORD. NO. 3-18 (1st Reading)
An Ordinance amending Chapter 55 Stormwater Management of the Piqua Municipal Code

10. RES. NO. R-32-18
A Resolution awarding a contract for the purchase of transformers for the Power System

11. RES. NO. R-33-18
A Resolution awarding a contract for the purchase of a gas turbine starting engine for the Power System

12. RES. NO. R-34-18
A Resolution awarding a contract for the purchase of Utility Poles for the Power System

13. RES. NO. R-35-18
A Resolution authorizing a purchase order to Sherry, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Inc. for two sport utility vehicles for the Fire Department

14. RES. NO. R-36-18
A Moral Obligation to pay Heyne Construction Inc. for emergency structural repair services performedat the Fort Piqua Plaza

(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).





February 20, 2018 City Commission Meeting Agenda Packet

MEETING CANCELLATION NOTICE: Golf Advisory Board Meeting 2/15/18

Posted on: February 15th, 2018 No Comments


Please be advised of the cancellation of an upcoming scheduled meeting of the City of Piqua Golf Advisory Board.

TIME: 12:00 PM

DATE: Thursday, February 15th

414 West Water Street
Piqua, Ohio 45356


Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society 2018 Routes for Roots Workshop

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 No Comments


The Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society is having it’s 23rd Annual Routes for Roots Workshop Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Fort Piqua Plaza Conference Center, 4th Floor, Piqua, OH.

Advance registration by March 10, 2018: $20. Walk ins: $25. Check ins the day of the event 8:15am with workshop ending at 3:30pm. There will be door prizes, vendors and handouts. Speaker information and registration forms are available on our Face Book page, website,, Piqua Library, Piqua Local History Dept. and area libraries. For any questions contact Wendy Watson at 937-701-3047 or gspbeagle@gmail .com

NOTICE: City of Piqua Offices will be closed Monday, February 19, 2018

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 No Comments


Piqua City offices will be closed on Monday, February 19th, 2018, to allow city employees to observe Presidents’ Day.

Garbage, refuse, and recycling collections will not be made on Monday, February 19th, 2018.

Monday through Friday collections will be one day late with pick-up on Saturday, February 24th, 2018, for Friday’s route.

The City urges all customers to place their containers at their usual collection points the evening before for early pick-ups the following day.

Meeting Notice: February 15, 2018 Golf Advisory Board

Posted on: February 8th, 2018 No Comments


Please be advised that the City of Piqua Golf Advisory Board will hold a public meeting at the time and location stated below. The minutes for the previous meeting and the agenda may be viewed HERE.

TIME: 12:00 PM

DATE: Thursday, February 15th

414 West Water Street
Piqua, Ohio 45356

This meeting is open to the public as an opportunity to speak on the recommendations and suggestions addressed by the Golf Advisory Board. If an individual is unable to attend the public meeting a written statement may be submitted to 201 W. Water St. Piqua, OH 45356.


From the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency: Tickets Available for “An Evening with the Mills Brothers”

Posted on: February 7th, 2018 No Comments

Tickets are available now for An Evening with the Mills Brothers!  The Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, along with the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce are welcoming John Mills, son of Donald Mills, and Elmer Hopper of Platters fame to the Fort Piqua Plaza Banquet Center. They will be performing many of the song made famous by Piqua’s own Mills Brothers. The music will be familiar and sure to rekindle memories of these very prolific performers. There will be one performance only on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets can be purchased in Piqua at Appletree Gallery, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, and Readmore’s Hallmark during regular business hours (cash or check only); in Troy at David Fair on the Square, and by credit card by calling the Johnston Farm at 937-773-2522. Tickets are $30.00 each or $25.00 for Johnston Farm Friends Members and members of the Ohio History Connection. To assure yourselves of a spot for this limited seating “Can’t Miss” event get your tickets by April 9, or until they are sold out.

This event is sponsored in part by:

Buckeye Ford, Comfort Inn Piqua, Crayex Corporation, Dan & Margaret French, Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance, Miami Valley Centre Mall, Mike & Elizabeth and Paul & Rosemary Gutmann, the Scott Family McDonalds, and Unity National Bank.


The City of Piqua Hires New Development Program Manager

Posted on: February 5th, 2018 No Comments


The City of Piqua has named Janel Ranly as the new Development Program Manager for the City of Piqua Development Department. Ranly comes back to Piqua with a Masters of Public Administration from Wright State University and 5 years of experience in the public sector. She has won multiple awards including the 2017 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Bronze Award, New Media and Video/Multimedia Promotion for her FDC Video Marketing Campaign.

In 2017 Ranly received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) from the National Development Council. The EDFP Certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC’s training series. This training provides economic development professionals with education in business credit analysis, real estate financing, loan packaging, deal structuring and negotiating and the creation and implementation of development programs focusing on homes, jobs, and community.

“We are very happy and excited to have Janel Ranly back as part of our Piqua Team. Janel completed her Wright State MPA internship with the City of Piqua five years ago and proved herself to be dedicated and hardworking talent at that time. The experience she has obtained over the last 5 years will be invaluable to our organization,” said Piqua City Manager Gary Huff.

While Ranly was the Management Intern for the City of Piqua she created a City-Wide Dashboard Performance Report using data submitted to the ICMA Center for Performance Measurement. She also coordinated the Grand Opening of the Piqua Community Garden project to help bring awareness to the City’s continued commitment to community engagement. Most recently, Ranly worked as the Economic Development Specialist for the City of Fairborn, where she coordinated and managed department programs, initiatives, and activities including research, data collections and analysis, and outreach marketing.

She has also served as the Family/Youth Advocate for the Council on Rural Services here in Piqua. During her employment at the Council on Rural Services she was responsible for programming Entrepreneurial, Business Development and Financial Literacy programs.

Economic Development Director Justin Sommer stated, “Janel’s experience with development programs will enhance our team as Piqua continues to grow. Her knowledge of various funding streams will help the City leverage all available resources to achieve our goals.”

At the City of Piqua Ranly will be in charge of administration of grant funds, preparation of publications at public gatherings related to City development programs, acquire funding resources available to the City including grants, and will serve as the liaison with federal, state, regional, and county agencies.

Ranly resides in Troy, Ohio with her husband Keith. She started at the City of Piqua on February 5, 2018.


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