PIQUA — The Piqua City Commission on Tuesday will be hearing the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the submission of a proposed amendment to the Piqua Charter in regard to how the mayor is elected.
The proposed amendment re-establishes how the mayor is chosen. Instead of the public electing someone to that specific position, the city commissioners will elect the mayor every two years. The city commissioners will also elect a vice mayor every two years. Any commissioner will be eligible to be mayor or vice mayor.
If approved after three readings, the proposed amendment will be submitted to the Miami County Board of Elections for Piqua residents to vote on during the November General Election. If approved by voters, the change will commence in 2018 and take place every two years after.
Also on the list of new business, the commission will be considering the sale of city-owned property. The property is located at 110 E. Ash St. The Piqua Improvement Corporation — a non-profit Community Improvement Corporation — is seeking to purchase the location.
“The property is currently vacant and is critical to redevelopment of the Miami and Erie Canal Corridor,” the staff report states. “The buyer desires to assume control of the property to facilitate future economic development.”
The property is expected to be sold for $56,500. There is no cost to the city.
The commission will also be voting on two ordinances after holding their third reading Tuesday evening. The first ordinance will make minor changes to Chapter 51 of the Piqua Municipal Code in regard to sewers. The changes will make the ordinance compliant with the Ohio Revised Code.
The second ordinance that the commission is expected to vote on will be for the submission of a proposed amendment to the Piqua Charter as it relates to when the commission is allowed to exit their public meeting and go into executive session. The proposed amendment would change the charter to allow the commission to go into executive session to discuss economic development, matters of security or emergency protocols, and anything else authorized by the Ohio Revised Code.
If approved Tuesday evening, the commission will submit the amendment to the Miami County Board of Elections for Piqua residents to vote on during the November General Election.
The commission will hear another new ordinance during their meeting that will amend Chapter 152: Historic Preservation of the city of the Piqua Code of Ordinances. It will amend the boundaries of the Downtown Historic District to include additional properties eligible to participate in and receive Community Development Block Grant Tier II Funds.
Later in the meeting, the commission will vote on retaining the service of HORAN to provide health insurance consulting services for the city. The contract will be for an additional three years at a cost of $2,750 per month.
HORAN has been providing the city will health insurance consultation services since June 2010. According to the staff report, since the city has worked with HORAN, the city has received two years of zero percent increase and and an 8 percent reduction saving the city over $150,000 in premiums in 2016.
Following that resolution, the commission will consider a contract with Studio Graphique for design services for the Citywide Wayfinding Plan. The Citywide Wayfinding Plan will provide wayfinding signage in strategic places throughout the city. Studio Graphique will provide design consulting services, including message programming and location planning. The contract is not to exceed $24,790.
The commission is also expected to go into executive session Tuesday evening. The reasons for the executive session stated on the agenda include the purpose of considering a “purchase or sale of property for public purposes” and also considering “matters regarded as confidential by federal law or rules of state statutes.”
Also on the agenda:
• A resolution appointing a member to the Governing Board of the Piqua Improvement Corporation
• An emergency ordinance adopting a supplement to the Code of Ordinances from the American Legal Publishing Corporation of Cincinnati, which includes updated section in accordance with the changes of Ohio law
• A resolution authorizing the city manager to submit an application to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for funding for the Mote Park restroom renovations project
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