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.

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