PIQUA — The Piqua City Commission will be voting on an ordinance concerning park hours and rules during their next meeting Tuesday evening.
During their last regular meeting, the commission heard the second reading of that ordinance, which will make rules and curfew hours within city parks up-to-date and consistent. Residents will not be permitted in city parks between dusk and 7 a.m. unless they are at a sports game at a lighted field.
The legislation also states that hobbyists taking part in geocaching, a high-tech treasure-hunting activity, will also have to seek permission from the city before utilizing any city property for that game. City officials mentioned concerns about “caches” or containers being buried or left in public areas that could potentially damage public parks. The containers could also raise public concern if there is a box sitting or buried somewhere, such as in the middle of a ball field, and no one knows what it is.
Following that, the commission will consider taking ownership of a sanitary sewer lift station located on Echo Lake Drive that is next to city property, i.e, the Echo Hills Golf Course. According to the resolution, the current owner is looking to donate the lift station to the city for the city to maintain. The owner will also grant a perpetual easement to the city for the purpose of accessing that lift station.
In regard to new business on the agenda, the commission will be voting on a new asphalt milling machine from the McLean Company for the Piqua Public Works Department. The cost will be $236,372. The purpose of the purchase will be to replace a machine that the city currently rents at a cost of $14,000 per month.
The commission will also be holding a public hearing Tuesday evening for the purpose of adopting their 2017 tax budget. According to the Piqua Finance Department, the total 2017 tax budget is expected to be $163 million, which is an increase of $24 million or 17.3 percent more than other 2016 estimates.
Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336