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June 9, 2020 Planning Commission Meeting Agenda

Posted on: May 29th, 2020 No Comments

 

Please be advised that the City of Piqua Planning Commission will be conducted on Tuesday, June 9th at 6:00 PM, using a video conferencing application called Zoom. This can be downloaded from your app store or be accessed through your browser at Zoom.us

Board members, staff members, and agenda item applicants will attend the meeting using Zoom and will have live audio and video feeds.

All others wishing to attend may do so via phone or computer in listen only mode. Those who wish to attend must submit a request for meeting access information via email by noon on the date of the meeting. Request for meeting access may be submitted via email to Bethany Harp at bharp@piquaoh.org

Neighbors and others with standing in this matter may submit public comment on an item until noon on the day of the meeting by emailing Bethany Harp at bharp@piquaoh.org. Public comments submitted by the date/time noted will be presented to the Planning Commission at the public hearing proceedings.

The full agenda packet may be accessed at https://piquaoh.org/city-government/boards-and-committees/planning-commission/

Please contact this office if you have any questions pertaining to this notice.

Kyrsten French
City Planner


PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA
CITY OF PIQUA, OHIO
6:00 P.M. – TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2020
MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT COMPLEX
COMMISSION CHAMBERS – 201 W. WATER STREET

CALL TO ORDER
1. Chair Comments – Opening Remarks
2. Roll Call – Clerk Calls the Roll

OLD BUSINESS
3. Meeting Minutes – May 12, 2020 PC Meeting Minutes

NEW BUSINESS
4. Resolution PC 18-20 – A resolution to consider a Certificate of Appropriateness for signage at 201 N. Wayne St. located within the Downtown Historic District
5. Resolution PC 19-20 – A resolution to consider a Certificate of Appropriateness at 418 N. Main St. located within the Downtown Historic District
6. Resolution PC 20-20 – A resolution to consider a Certificate of Appropriateness at the address 517 N. Main St. located within the Downtown Historic District
7. Resolution PC 21-20 – A resolution to vacate a portion of unimproved alley public right of way located south of and perpendicular to E. Main St. and adjacent to 115 Staunton St.
8. Resolution PC 22-20 – A resolution to consider a residential special use in the B (General Business District) at the address 101 S. Wayne St.

OTHER BUSINESS
9. Code Piqua Review – District Standards

ADJOURNMENT

June 9, 2020 Planning Commission Meeting Agenda Packet

 

 

COVID-19 Update: Testing, Assisted Living Visitation, Premium Deferrals, Fairs

Posted on: May 29th, 2020 No Comments
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 28, 2020
 

COVID-19 Update: Testing, Assisted Living Visitation, Premium Deferrals, Fairs

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PHARMACY TESTING:

Governor DeWine announced today that the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has clarified rules that allow pharmacists to order and administer tests for COVID-19.

“As frontline health care providers, pharmacies are critical in our state’s response to this pandemic,” said Governor DeWine. “I have asked the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to make sure that Ohio pharmacies have what they need to test for COVID-19.”

To help Ohioans find testing locations, a map has been added to coronavirus.ohio.gov that lists COVID-19 testing centers in Ohio. The map includes links to community health centers and pharmacy sites to assist citizens in finding information about how to get a test referral or schedule an appointment.

UPDATED PRIORITY TESTING: 

Ohio has utilized COVID-19 testing priorities to manage limited testing capacity.  Under the guidance of clinical experts, Governor DeWine announced that Ohio has modified these groups in light of changes in testing availability and evolving knowledge of COVID-19 and its impact on Ohioans.

Testing must be first available to individuals described in Priority Groups 1, 2 and 3, but Ohio is expanding to allow partners and communities to test Ohioans in Priority Group 4 which includes testing “Individuals in the community to decrease community spread, including individuals with symptoms who do not meet any of the above categories.”

“Expanded test availability will allow individuals in lower-risk tiers to be tested and to help further contain and respond to COVID-19 in Ohio,” said Governor DeWine.

ASSISTED LIVING VISITATION: 

Governor DeWine announced a plan to lift restrictions on visitation at assisted living homes in Ohio.

Beginning on June 8, 2020, properly prepared assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities can begin to allow outdoor visitation.

The lifted restrictions do not yet apply to nursing homes.

“We will continue to examine, monitor, and adjust as we carefully and thoughtfully lift restrictions on visitation,” said Governor DeWine. “The well-being of our residents has been, and remains, central to our decision-making.”

The decision to move forward with outdoor visitation for assisting living facilities and intermediate care facilities was made while considering requests from families and residents and considering the impact on the quality of life a prolonged loss of connection can have on an individual. Advocates and providers in the aging and development disabilities communities were also consulted, and guidelines for visitation were jointly developed by the Academy for Senior Health Sciences, Leading Age Ohio, the Ohio Assisted Living Association, the Ohio Health Care Association, and the Ohio Medical Director’s Association.

Because each facility is different, each facility can determine how to best implement outdoor visitations, however, at a minimum, all facilities must develop a policy that includes:

  • Screening for temperatures and symptom-reporting for visitors
  • Scheduled hours and time limits for visits
  • Proper social distancing measures
  • Face coverings
  • Resident, family, and friend education about the risks of the spread of COVID-19

Consideration for visitors during end-of-life situations will also be expanded. Providers should notify family members when a resident’s substantial change of condition indicates end-of-life is approaching. Providers should not wait until a resident is actively dying to allow visitors.

OHIO BWC DEFERS PREMIUM INSTALLMENTS: 

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is deferring Ohio employers’ premium installments for the months of June, July, and August. Businesses will have the option to defer the monthly premium payments with no financial penalties.

“By extending the premium due date, businesses can continue to focus on the safety and well-being of their employees and customers during this health pandemic,” said Governor DeWine.

This is the second payment deferral BWC has given to employers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The deferral is designed to help employers focus financial resources on re-opening their businesses under the Responsible RestartOhio Plan.

JUNIOR FAIRS/COUNTY FAIRS/INDEPENDENT FAIRS:

Governor DeWine’s Fair Advisory Group has released guidelines for how county fair boards and agricultural societies can work with county health departments to safely operate junior fairs for kids.

The guidelines focus on maintaining social distancing, limiting crowds, ensuring the health of everyone involved in the junior fair activities, and animal care and welfare.

“The decisions about county and independent fairs need to be made locally because each county and independent fair is unique and has different challenges,” said Governor DeWine. “Conditions may change over the course of the summer, however, we are asking all fair boards to comply with all of the orders of the Ohio Department of Health and the guidelines for other sectors that would also apply to fairs, such as for food service and rides.”

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is in the process of distributing all state funding available for Ohio’s 94 county and independent fairs.

CURRENT OHIO DATA:

There are 33,915 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 2,098 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 5,811 people have been hospitalized, including 1,516 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Public Notice: Notice of Piqua City Commission & U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Public Meeting

Posted on: May 29th, 2020 No Comments

 

Notice is hereby given that Piqua City Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have scheduled a Public Meeting to be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 beginning at 6PM.

This will be the final public meeting for residents and interested stakeholders to discuss the recommendations of the Low Dam Modification/Removal Feasibility Study.

Due to current restrictions of meetings of more than 10 persons, this meeting will be conducted online via Zoom. This online Zoom meeting will be to discuss the Piqua portion of the study.

To secure Zoom login information for this meeting please contact: Bethany Harp at bharp@piquaoh.org or at (937) 778-2049.

 

June 2, 2020 City Commission Meeting Agenda

Posted on: May 28th, 2020 No Comments

 

June 2, 2020 Piqua City Commission Meeting Agenda and Updated Procedures

The City of Piqua will still be conducting the June 2, 2020 Piqua City Commission Meeting with strict guidelines. The Piqua City Commission Meeting Agenda Packet can be found below.

How to view the live meeting:

 The Piqua City Commission Meeting will not be open to public but will be streamed live on the City of Piqua’s YouTube Channel.

 

Public comments will be accepted in advance with the following guidelines:

  • This form will take place of the comments for each agenda item and public comments section. https://piquaoh.formstack.com/forms/commission_meeting_comments
  • We will accept only one form submission per person per agenda item or public comment.
  • If a person would like to comment on multiple agenda items, please fill out a separate form for each agenda item. This helps with organization during the meeting.
  • If a person submits more than one form on one agenda item, only the first form will be acknowledged. 
  • Comments and questions will be read during the meeting by Mayor Kris Lee and answers will be provided.
  • By providing an email on the form, you will receive a confirmation email with all submitted data.
  • SUBMISSION CUT-OFF: June 2, 2020 AT NOON (12:00 P.M.)

 


 

REGULAR PIQUA CITY COMMISSION MEETING
TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2020
6:00 PM
COMMISSION CHAMBER–2nd FLOOR
201 WEST WATER STREET
PIQUA, OHIO 45356

CALL TO ORDER

THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL

REGULAR PIQUA CITY COMMISSION MEETING

CONSENT AGENDA

1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Approval of the minutes from the May 19, 2020 Regular Piqua City Commission Meeting

NEW BUSINESS

2. RES. NO. R-85-20
A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Grant Agreement with the Ohio Emergency
Management Agency (Ohio EMA) for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for improvements to the
Piqua Water Supply Lakes System

3. RES. NO. R-86-20
A Resolution fixing the time and place for a Public Hearing on the proposed City Tax Budget for Miami
County for the calendar year 2021 and Draft Appropriation Ordinance

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

 

June 2, 2020 City Commission Meeting Agenda Packet

Piqua City Commission to Reinstate Electric Service Shut-Offs Effective June 23, 2020

Posted on: May 27th, 2020 No Comments

 

 

On March 15, 2020 the Piqua City Commission voluntarily suspended electric service shut-offs to help Piqua customers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Now that businesses are beginning to reopen, the Piqua City Commission has decided to reinstate electric service shut-offs beginning June 23, 2020 to ensure the electric fund has sufficient funding to provide operations and service.

 

Customers will be able to see the shut-off date for their billing zone on their monthly bills. Attached is a letter from the Piqua City Commission that provides a chart showing each zones billing date, payment due date, and the shut-off dates.

 

The State of Ohio’s directive on water shut-offs remains in effect, once the restriction is lifted water shut-offs will resume.

 

 

June 3, 2020 Park Board Agenda

Posted on: May 27th, 2020 No Comments

 


Special Note Concerning the June 3, 2020 Park Board Meeting:

 

Please be advised that the City of Piqua Park Board meeting will not be open to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anyone with standing in any of these matters may submit public comment on an item until noon on the day of the meeting (June 3, 2020) by emailing Brian Brookhart at bbrookhart@piquaoh.org.  Public comments submitted by the date/time noted will be presented to the Park Board at the meeting.

 


 

City of Piqua Park Board
Meeting Agenda
6:00 PM, Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Public Works Office
859 S. Main Street

AGENDA

1. Call to Order

2. Meeting Minutes – March 4, 2020

3. Welcome New Board Members

4. Pool – RFQ’s

5. COVID-19 Update

6. Other Business

7. Next Meeting Date & Location

8. Adjourn

 

COVID-19 Update:  Congregate Care Unified Response Teams 

Posted on: May 26th, 2020 No Comments
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 26, 2020
 

COVID-19 Update:
Congregate Care Unified Response Teams

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEW CONGREGATE CARE UNIFIED RESPONSE TEAMS:

Governor DeWine announced today the formation of new Congregate Care Unified Response Teams to test residents and staff members in Ohio’s nursing homes.

“Nursing facilities have been aggressive regarding testing and managing COVID-19 outbreaks on their own, but this effort will provide them with additional resources,” said Governor DeWine. “As we continue to ramp up our testing in Ohio, we must deploy our resources in a way that will save the most lives.”

Beginning this week, the Congregate Care Unified Response Teams, which will include medically-trained members of the Ohio National Guard, will begin testing residents and staff within nursing homes on two parallel paths:

  • All staff in all Ohio nursing facilities will be tested to help nursing home administrators gauge the status of the virus in their facilities and help isolate the virus to stop it from infecting their community.
  • Testing will be conducted in facilities where residents or workers have confirmed or assumed positive cases. Testing will be conducted on all staff, and the testing of residents will be based on a clinically-driven strategy that targets those who have likely been exposed to COVID-19.  By testing residents based on their potential interaction with a confirmed COVID-19 case, the nursing facility will be better equipped to isolate the virus and contain spread within the facility.

In addition, the Congregate Care Unified Response Teams will begin the testing of all residents and staff members in the state’s eight developmental centers to try to limit the spread of COVID-19 in congregate care settings.

CURRENT OHIO DATA:

There are 33,006 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 2,002 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 5,579 people have been hospitalized, including 1,450 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Meeting Notice: June Tree Committee Meeting

Posted on: May 22nd, 2020 No Comments

 

Please be advised that the City of Piqua Tree Committee will hold a public meeting at the time and location stated below. The minutes for the previous meeting and the agenda may be viewed by visiting https://piquaoh.org/city-government/boards-and-committees/tree-committee/

TIME: 4:00 P.M.

DATE: Monday, June 1, 2020

LOCATION: Zoom Meeting

This meeting is open to the public as an opportunity to speak on the recommendations and suggestions addressed by the Tree Committee. If an individual is unable to attend the public meeting a written statement may be submitted to the Tree Committee at the address listed above.

Please contact this office if you have any questions pertaining to this public notice.

Bob Graeser
City of Piqua

 

 

COVID-19 Update: Efforts to Improve Minority Health, New Sector Openings

Posted on: May 21st, 2020 No Comments
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 21, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Efforts to Improve Minority Health, New Sector Openings

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MINORITY HEALTH STRIKE FORCE PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS:

Governor DeWine today announced initial findings from his Minority Health Strike Force. The team was formed in April in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on African Americans who make up 14 percent of Ohio’s population, but represent 26 percent of positive COVID-19 cases, 31 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and 17 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Ohio.

“I am deeply concerned about this data.  I am the Governor of all of Ohio, and when I see something disproportionately affecting some of our citizens, I have a responsibility to do something,” said Governor DeWine. “To augment on the work that we are currently doing on health equity and to address the immediate threats posed by COVID-19 to our minority communities we intend to move forward with the strike force’s recommendations, and we have several additional efforts that are ready to get underway.”

Recommendations were created using feedback from the Strike Force’s Health Care, Resources, Data, and Education subcommittees. Examples of these recommendations include:

  • Establishing culturally appropriate and accessible COVID-19 exposure notification services for communities of color.
  • Expanding testing capacity and access for minorities and high-risk populations.
  • Using data to prioritize resources in the communities that have the highest need.
  • Developing and launching a statewide, culturally-sensitive outreach campaign that educates African Americans and communities of color on COVID-19, health disparities, and social determinants of health.

The Minority Health Strike Force’s preliminary report will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov. Final recommendations will be issued on June 11.

NEW POSITION TO ADDRESS HEALTH INEQUITY: 

A new position will be created within the Ohio Department of Health dedicated to social determinants of health and opportunity. This person’s work will build on several existing efforts to respond to health inequity by working directly with local communities on their specific long-term health needs and Ohio’s response to COVID-19.

This person in this position will be responsible for collecting data to inform best practices and for helping to ensure the implementation of the Minority Strike Force’s short-term and long-term recommendations.

COMMUNICATIONS CAMPAIGN: 

The Ohio Department of Health and  Minority Health Strike Force will work with Us for Us to unveil a new communications campaign aimed at Ohio’s minority populations called, “Stay in the Fight.” This campaign will focus on the need to stay informed, stay involved, and stay inspired during the pandemic.

MINORITY COMMUNITY COVID-19 TESTING:

To expand access to testing, Ohio has partnered with the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers which represents Ohio’s Federally Qualified Health Centers, including 55 Community Health Centers at 378 locations.  It has multiple mobile units in 68 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

“Community health centers have a unique reach,” said Governor DeWine. “They are trusted in their local communities to provide primary and preventive care regardless of insurance status or ability to pay, making them critical to any strategy that makes COVID-19 testing available in rural and urban neighborhoods throughout our state.”

For testing, individuals should contact their Federally Qualified Health Center or community health center for information and direction about how to be tested.

COMMUNITY WELLNESS KITS

Ohio is partnering with the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers and the Nationwide Foundation to distribute thousands of Community Wellness Kits that contain COVID-19 protection-related items, such as face coverings, hand sanitizer, and soap.

COVID-19 EXPOSURE NOTIFICATION

To support both the state and local health departments in efforts to fight COVID-19 and the disproportionate impact on people of color, Ohio will significantly increase the number of public health workers who can help notify Ohioans of possible exposure to the virus.

The hiring of these public health workers is in progress at both the state and local levels with the goal of hiring individuals who represent and reflect the make-up of their own communities.

MENTAL HEALTH GRANTS

Governor DeWine’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services will award $1 million in grants to provide mental health and addiction services for hard-to-reach individuals.

The grants will allow faith-based and local community-based organizations to develop culturally appropriate messages that target those who may not be as easily reached by mass-media messaging efforts, such as racial and ethnic minorities, Appalachian and rural communities, older adults, and others.

NEW REOPENING DATES: 

Lt. Governor Husted announced several new sector opening dates in Ohio:

  • Beginning Tuesday, May 26, miniature golf, batting cages, and bowling alleys may resume operations if they can meet required safety protocols.
  • Beginning Tuesday, May 26, skills training for all sports, including contact sports, may resume if required safety protocols can be met. Tournaments, games, and competitions for contact sports are still prohibited.
  • Beginning Monday, June 1, catering and banquet centers may reopen if they can meet required safety protocols. Protocols include six feet between tables, no congregating, and a crowd size of no more than 300 people.

Full guidelines to ensure that these sectors operate in the safest manner possible are/will be available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

CURRENT OHIO DATA: 

There are 30,167 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 1,836 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 5,295 people have been hospitalized, including 1,397 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

 

Miami County Current Construction for the Week of May 25, 2020

Posted on: May 21st, 2020 No Comments

 

The following closures are currently in effect for the week of May 25, 2020:

• I-75 northbound between County Road 25A (between Troy and Piqua) and US 36, traffic pattern shift April 10th at 3 a.m. – August 31st at 6 a.m. One NB lane will be shifted on to the SB side of I-75. *The available lane width is 10’ with a 1’ shoulder.*
• I-75 southbound between County Road 25A (between Troy and Piqua) and US 36, traffic pattern shifts March 23rd at 1 p.m. – August 31st at 6 a.m. Two lanes will be 10′ with a 1′ shoulder.
• I-75 Northbound at Eldean Road, right driving lane closed May 18th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. One lane of traffic will be maintained.
• I-75 between County Road 25A (Miami County Industries Exit Piqua) and County Road 25A, single-lane closures in both directions, May 27th at 9:00 a.m. – May 29th at 2:00 p.m. for asphalt repairs. One lane of traffic will be maintained in the area.

UPCOMING CLOSURES:
• State Route 55 between North Market Street and Indiana Avenue, road closed June 15th at 7 a.m. – June 22nd at 5 p.m. for rail work. The official detour is State Route 41 to State Route 202.
• State Route 41 between Clay Street and Mulberry Street, road closed June 1st at 7 a.m. – June 8th at 5 p.m. for rail work. The official detour is State Route 202 to State Route 55.

Contact: Tiffany Oliphant – (937) 497-6959

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.

 

 

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