PIQUA — The Piqua City Commission will be considering the purchase of property on Wood Street during their meeting Tuesday evening.
The purchase will be a part of the Garnsey Street/Commercial Street Corridor Neighborhood Connector Project and will include the acquisition of temporary and permanent easements for the installation of a proposed multi-use path for this project. Transformed Life Church currently owns the property in question and has the right-of-way for the easements.
The staff report included with the agenda goes over how the acquisition of the easements and the creation of the proposed multi-use path will “create multiple other ‘unusable’ pieces of property that would be of little benefit to the church.” The staff report goes on to explain that once the effect of the multi-use path on those pieces of property became evident, it was deemed necessary for the city to pay additional compensation to the church “for the damage to the residuel property.”
If approved by the commission, the city will be purchasing those remaining pieces of property where this project will affect its value. The total cost for the easements and property will be approximately $34,164. The street income tax will be the source of funds. This purchase was also budgeted.
The commission is also expected to go into executive session to consider and discuss the purchase, according to their agenda.
Also during their meeting, the commission will be renewing the city’s contract with Speedway, LLC as their provider of fuel, gasoline, and diesel. The city has been purchasing their fuel from Speedway for 12 years and the contract will be renewed for July 2016 to June 2019.
The city currently pays 8 cents over Speedway’s wholesale cost. According the staff report, that is 6-7 cents less than what the general public pays for fuel at the pump. Speedway’s new bid for the city is reportedly “for a better cost” of 5 cents over their wholesale cost. Approximately $448,259 is budgeted for fuel for 2016.
Next on the agenda, the commission will be voting on awarding the 2016 Street Resurfacing Program contract to Walls Bros. Asphalt Co. According to the staff report, the program “will consist of the necessary roadway base repairs and the overlaying of the roadway with a new asphalt surface.”
The streets for this year’s paving program include:
• Adams Street from Young to Commercial
• Grant Street from Main to Weber
• Orr Street from Young to South
• Roosevelt Avenue from Young to Garnsey
• South Wayne Street from Wood to Clark
• Wood Street from Wayne to Roosevelt
The contract is not to exceed $335,000, which includes a 10 percent contingency. The source of the funds will come from the street departmetn and street income tax. If approved, the work will begin mid-June and finish by the end of July.
Following that, the commission will vote on granting utility easements to Vectren so they can maintain their gas main system. The easements are located in the public parking lot behind the Fort Piqua Plaza, in the public parking lot behind Hallmark, and the public parking lot between Wayne Street and Main Street next to the bike path. There is no cost to the city.
Vectren will also be replacing pipeline on city-owned property as part of their transmission modernization projects in 2016. The commission will need to approve temporary and permanent easements located adjacent to the bike path on Sunset Drive. There is no cost to the city.
Also on the agenda:
• The commission will make a proclamation about Bike to School Week
• A resolution of appreciation for the public service of Chris A. Werst, who has retired as water plant maintenance working superviser after 30 years of service to the city
• The second reading of an ordinance making minor changes to a portion of the Piqua Municipal Code in regard to sewers
• The second reading of an ordinance that will submit a proposed amendment to the Piqua Charter for the November General Election ballot, which will update when the commission can go into executive session
The commission will also honor the following residents for the Residence Pride Awards: Jake and Pam Kennedy of 1906 Carlyle Drive, Jim and Jessie Hess of 707 Clark Ave., Jim and Linda Blais of 1223 Marwood Drive, Michael and Morgan Mohr of 724 W.Greene St., and Lori Nicodemus of 1062 North St.
The commission’s meeting will be held on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in commission chambers, located on the second floor of the municipal building at 201 W. Water St.
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