Updates coming to garbage collection


Bike lane, additional park space on agenda

By Sam Wildow - swildow@aimmediamidwest.com



PIQUA — Changes to the city’s code regarding garbage collection are on the Piqua City Commission’s agenda for their meeting Tuesday evening, including changes to acceptable collection bins and $1 increases to the collection rates.

New rate structures are included in the updates that combine the monthly rates for garbage and recycling collection, including an approximate $1 increase.

According to the proposed ordinance, the current residential rates of $15.30 per month for garbage collection that does not exceed 32 gallons and the additional monthly charge of $3.13 for recycling costs will be combined for coming years. That combined cost will also see an approximate $1 increase for a charge of $19.35 per month, not to exceed 96-gallon capacity of solid waste, for 2018. Recycling is included with the solid waste fee, not to exceed 64-gallon capacity.

There will also be $1 dollar increases to the monthly charges in coming years, including $20.31 per month in 2019, $21.32 in 2020, and $22.38 in 2021. There is additional solid waste fee of $5 for exceeding the 96-gallon capacity for solid waste, but there is no additional recycling fee. An additional recycling bin will be provided at no cost if needed.

The changes to the code also include a recycling-only service in 2018 at a monthly cost of $9.67 for eligible customers. That also includes yearly increases of less than $1.

Rates for commercial customers will also see similar changes. In 2018, the monthly fee will be $28 for up to 96 gallons in solid waste plus 64 gallons of recycling, $35 for up 192 gallons in solid waste plus recycling, and so on.

The proposed ordinance also allows residents to provide their own containers or use containers provided by the city’s Sanitation Department. Containers from residents must be constructed of metal or heavy-gauge plastic, have two handles, not exceed 32 gallons, and have a tight-fitting lid, according to the ordinance. They also must be rodent-proof.

The proposed ordinance is written as an emergency to implement the changes for the new year.

In other news:

The commission will vote on authorizing the final legislation to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the U.S. Route 36 (East Ash Street) bikeway/pedestrian facility project. This project consists of the construction of a separated bike lane and pedestrian walkway on U.S. Route 36, connecting Centre Court/Scott Drive to Looney Road, according to the staff report.

The cost of the project includes a local contribution of $176,000, which includes a 10 percent contingency, and a Federal Highway Administration grant through the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission in the amount of $240,000.

The commission will also be voting on the purchase of 808 McKinley Ave., which is adjacent to the Pitsenbarger Park and Sports Complex. The purpose of the purchase is to expand the park due to improvements to the area being noted in the Parks Master Plan. The cost is $25,000.

Later in the meeting, the commission will be considering another purchase for the roundabout project. The city is looking to acquire the right-of-way and an easement from the property located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Looney and Garbry roads, which is currently owned by Sunrise Cooperative, Inc. The irrigation system located in the proposed right-of-way area will also need to be relocated.

The cost of the purchase is approximately $10,632.

The commission will also vote on appropriating a portion of right-of-way in that area for $300. According to the resolution, the location of this piece of property is entirely within the public road occupied (PRO) and there are multiple parties who have ownership of this parcel.

The commission will also hold the second readings of ordinances in regard to the city’s 2018 budget, 2 percent salary increases for city employees, updating the minimum wage references, and updating the the city employees’ health insurance.

This meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the second floor commission chambers of the municipal building, 201 W. Water St.

Bike lane, additional park space on agenda

By Sam Wildow

swildow@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmediamidwest.com or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmediamidwest.com or (937) 451-3336