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January 4, 2022 Piqua City Commission Meeting

Posted on: December 30th, 2021 No Comments


Notice is hereby given that Piqua City Commission will meet on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 7:30 PM in the City Commission Chamber at the Piqua Municipal Government Complex Building, 201 W. Water Street, Piqua, Ohio.



January 4, 2022 Piqua City Commission Meeting Agenda Packet


JANUARY 4, 2022
7:30 PM










Approval of the Minutes from the December 14, 2021, Regular Piqua City Commission Meeting




(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.)





Ring in the New Year with the City of Piqua New Year’s Eve Firework Show

Posted on: December 29th, 2021 No Comments


The City of Piqua is only a few short days away from an extraordinary firework display that will begin at midnight on December 31, 2021.

The fireworks are located in the Northeast range of town, the same location as last year. This location allows the community to view the fireworks from most households in Piqua. If you are unable to view them from your home, you will also be able to tune into our Facebook page, City of Piqua – Government Page, for a Facebook live video of the fireworks. Other locations include a fantastic view on the levee along the Great Miami Riverway and the parking lot of the Miami Valley Centre Mall. The City encourages everyone to practice proper social distancing when gathering outside.

American Fireworks will be launching test fireworks at 9:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. for the community to determine if they are viewable from your location or to find the best viewing area.

“We are very excited to ring in the new year with our community by providing this firework display,” Brittany Van Horn, Piqua Public Relations Coordinator stated. “This event has brought an abundance of joy to our community and we are hopeful to make this a new tradition in Piqua.”

We would like to thank our location sponsor Jackson Tube Services, Inc., the Piqua Fire Department, and American Fireworks for supporting this spectacular event.


MetroNet Begins Construction on Piqua’s 100% Fiber Optic Network

Posted on: December 27th, 2021 No Comments

Piqua On Way to Gaining Certified Gigabit City Status

December 21, 2021 (BUSINESS WIRE) — MetroNet today announced a partnership with Piqua, Ohio that will now provide Piqua residents and businesses with MetroNet’s ultra-high-speed 100 percent fiber optic infrastructure with construction beginning today. MetroNet, the nation’s largest independently owned, 100 percent fiber optic provider, is fully funding the multimillion-dollar investment that will provide Piqua with access to future-proof gigabit speeds.

Preliminary construction has begun just south of Echo Hills Municipal Golf Course and in areas south of Covington Avenue. Construction will expand rapidly over the next two years with the first customers online in the summer of 2022. As construction continues, customers may sign up for presale, which will indicate their interest and prioritize installation when available. Those interested in MetroNet services may visit to be notified when their address is available for installation and to access presale.


Metronet Construction Information – Piqua, Ohio


“Piqua is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring MetroNet to the homes and businesses of our community,” said Kris Lee, Mayor of Piqua. “100 percent fiber optic internet will provide the community with access to modern technology that will improve our online experiences with strong and unparalleled connections, and we are excited to see MetroNet’s impact.”

“MetroNet is proud to bring ultra-high-speed 100 percent fiber optic infrastructure to Piqua, Ohio as they join the internet elite to become a Certified Gigabit City,” said John Cinelli, MetroNet CEO. “Connecting communities to our reliable and customer-centered services is a wonderful opportunity to show residents the power of fiber optic and gigabit speeds to unlock Piqua’s potential for continued growth and economic development.”

MetroNet brings fiber directly to homes and businesses in underserved communities in America with affordable, symmetrical speeds up to 10 Gigabits with no long-term contracts. The company expects its network to be available to more than one million residential households and business locations in the near term, providing more service options to hundreds of communities.

Residents in construction areas will receive communication by mail about construction activity in their neighborhood 30 days prior to beginning and the company provides additional messaging, such as yard signs, to let residents know when the temporary construction process is beginning in their neighborhood. MetroNet crews are marked by ID tags and branded vehicles.

MetroNet is one of the fastest-growing providers of fiber optic high-speed services in the nation and is known for its outstanding customer service provided by a strong local presence. Residents and businesses that are interested in MetroNet services may visit to indicate their interest and to receive updates on construction in their area.

About MetroNet:

MetroNet is the nation’s largest independently owned, 100 percent fiber optic company headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. The customer-focused company provides cutting-edge fiber optic communication services, including high-speed Fiber Internet, full-featured Fiber Phone, and Fiber IPTV with a wide variety of programming. MetroNet started in 2005 with one fiber optic network in Greencastle, Indiana, and has since grown to serving and constructing networks in more than 120 communities across Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin, and Missouri. MetroNet is committed to bringing state-of-the-art telecommunication services to communities — services that are comparable or superior to those offered in large metropolitan areas. MetroNet has been recognized by PC Mag as one of the Top 10 Fastest ISPs in North Central United States in 2020 and Top 10 ISPs with Best Gaming Quality Index in 2021. Broadband Now has recognized MetroNet as the Top 3 Fastest Internet Providers and Fastest Fiber Providers in the Nation in 2020, and #1 Fastest Mid-Sized Internet Provider in two states in 2020. In 2020, MetroNet was awarded the Vectren Energy Safe Digging Partner Award from Vectren. For more information, visit



NKTelco Announces Plans to Expand Multi-Gigabit Fiber Optic Network in Piqua, Ohio

Posted on: December 22nd, 2021 No Comments


New Knoxville, Ohio – NKTelco, a leading fiber provider in West Central Ohio, announced that it is expanding its Multi-Gigabit fiber-to-the-premise network in Piqua, Ohio. NKTelco has been in business since 1905 and currently offers data, voice and video services to residential and business customers in communities located in Auglaize, Mercer and Shelby counties. NKTelco will fully fund the project to provide residents and businesses with symmetrical, Gigabit speed Internet service.

“We are excited to expand our new Multi-Gigabit fiber network in Piqua,” said Preston Meyer, General Manager of NKTelco. “Gigabit speeds are becoming highly important as more people work remotely or need access to education and other online applications. NKTelco’s fiber network will provide residents and businesses with a new, competitive choice for Internet and entertainment. We are building an all fiber network to help foster additional growth and economic development for the area. NKTelco is working with the City as they develop a downtown innovation district. Given that we are an Ohio-based company, we plan to bring our Ohio hospitality and customer service to go along with our future-proof network.”

“We look forward to NKTelco expanding its high-speed fiber services in our community. The availability of Gig-plus data speeds will nicely support the needs of our businesses and residents”, said Paul Oberdorfer, City Manager of Piqua.

This network expansion is part of an ongoing construction plan in partnership with NKTelco’s new parent, Schurz Communications. Schurz is a family owned corporation formed in 1872 that has been helping businesses, communities and individuals make meaningful connections for five generations. The Schurz legacy began in newspaper publishing and today, the company remains committed to making information more accessible through the platforms and technology of the digital age. Schurz’s recent investments include regional broadband companies, global data center solutions providers and digital media and marketing firms. NKTelco is the sixth broadband business to join the Schurz portfolio.

Fiber Internet service is more reliable because it has a higher data capacity and bandwidth, is less susceptible to outside interference and has a much lower latency than a traditional connections. NKTelco service will deliver Multi-Gig Internet speeds along with all-digital TV and phone service for residential customers. Business customers will have access to data connections scalable up to 100 Gigs, cloud-hosted voice solutions as well as TV channel packages tailored for all business types.

NKTelco plans to hire local sales, customer service and service technicians to support its continued expansion. For those interested in joining the NKTelco team visit

About NKTelco

NKTelco is a locally-owned and operated fiber provider that has been in business since 1905 and currently offers data, voice and video services to residential and business customers in communities in West Central Ohio. NKTelco has a long history of expanding its fiber network in order to provide the best service possible to its customers. Currently, NKTelco serves the New Knoxville, New Bremen, Minster, Fort Loramie, Botkins, Anna, Maria Stein, Chickasaw, Osgood, Russia, Jackson Center, Sidney, Piqua and Versailles communities. For more information, visit:

Meeting Notice: Tree Committee

Posted on: December 22nd, 2021 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


TIME:           4:00 P.M.

DATE:          Monday, January 10, 2022


Municipal Government Complex

Administrative Conference Room and Zoom

201 W. 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 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



Piqua Power Outage Response on December 17, 2021

Posted on: December 17th, 2021 No Comments

Today at 11:49 a.m., the system protection at Piqua’s Substation #5, located at the northeast corner of North County Road 25A and I-75, detected an abnormal situation and de-energized the substation transformer, resulting in a power outage to 1,250 customers.  Piqua Substation #5 serves the northern and eastern portions of the City, including Piqua High School, industrial customers on Industry Park Drive,  and many of the commercial businesses along Looney Road and East Ash Street.  Piqua crews responded quickly, identifying the location and cause of the incident at the Looney and Garbry Road Roundabout.  A squirrel had chewed through the protective insulation on an underground lightning arrestor which resulted in a line to ground fault.  The abnormally high line to ground current triggered the protective relaying at Piqua Substation #5, ultimately de-energizing the substation transformer.

Once the cause was identified, Power System personnel quickly reenergized the substation transformer and were then able to energize 3 of the 4 Substation #5 distribution circuits, restoring service to 437 customers at 12:05 pm just 16 minutes after the start of the disturbance.  After crews were able to isolate the impacted area to make repairs, 621 more customers were restored to service at 12:12 pm a short 23 minutes after the initial outage when the final distribution circuit was reenergized.  Seven minutes later, an available distribution tie switch was closed and service was restored to 189 more customers, restoring service to all but the remaining 3 customers in the immediate vicinity of the incident.  Once final repairs were completed, service was restored to the final 3 customers at 12:43 pm, 54 minutes after the event began.

The Power System has been proactively working to prevent squirrel-related power outages for over 15 years.  Attached below is a graph showing the progress over that time period.  Piqua Power System has adopted improved construction and maintenance standards with the sole purpose of reducing animal-related outages.

Holiday Office Hours and Holiday Refuse/Recycling Schedule

Posted on: December 16th, 2021 No Comments


Piqua City offices will be closed on Thursday, December 23, 2021, and Friday, December 24, 2021, along with Friday, December 31, 2021, to allow city employees to observe the Christmas & New Year holidays with their families.

Garbage, refuse, and recycling collections will remain on regular collection schedule for both of these weeks.

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


Public Notice – Notice of Public Hearing

Posted on: December 16th, 2021 No Comments


Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held Monday, December 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the City Commission Chamber at the Piqua Municipal Government Complex Building, 201 W. Water Street, Piqua, Ohio.


Piqua Cares Fall Prevention Program

Posted on: December 13th, 2021 No Comments


The Fall Prevention Program is for Piqua Citizens age 65 years or older who need assistance getting their trash & recycling carts set out for Weekly Collection to prevent falls or accidents. A Piqua Sanitation Department employee will take your refuse and recycling to the curb or alley for you to be emptied on collection day, then return the carts to the original location.

Application for the Fall Prevention Program


December 28, 2021 Piqua Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Cancelled

Posted on: December 10th, 2021 No Comments


Please be advised of the cancellation of an upcoming scheduled meeting of the City of Piqua Board of Zoning Appeals due to a lack of business.

TIME: 6:00 P.M.
DATE: Tuesday, December 28, 2021

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

Kyrsten French
City Planner


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