Commission voting on expanding water meter project

Approximate $4.3 million project to include entire city

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — The Piqua City Commission will be considering a number of resolutions in regard to replacing water meters in the Southview neighborhood during their meeting Tuesday evening.

Last year, the city of Piqua was awarded a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Critical Infrastructure Grant to be utilized for this project.

With the new meters, there will be no need for a meter reader to enter a home or business. The existing water meters in the homes and businesses in the Southview neighborhood will be replaced with new electric ones that use Automated Meter Infrastructure (AMI) technology that will allow the meter reader to remotely read the meters and send the information to the city’s billing office.

Due to this opportunity, the city is deciding to expand this project to include updating electric meters for the entire city, but first beginning with the Southview neighborhood as their pilot area.

The total estimated cost for this project is approximately $4.3 million.

The first emergency resolution that the commission will be voting on is awarding a contract to Aclara Technologies, LLC to install the advanced meter infrastructure at a cost not to exceed $4,030,436. Payment will be spread out between 2016 to 2018, which includes a contingency.

The source of funds includes:

• Electric funds: $1,756,222

• Water funds: $947,295

• Wastewater funds: $551,919

• Grant funds: $387,352

The contingency funds are up to $775,000, and the cost will be shared between electric, water, and wastewater city funds if needed.

The next resolution will authorize a purchase order to Mueller Systems, LLC for approximately 2,247 water meters for the Southview neighborhood. Those composite water meters will work with the automated meter reading system from Aclara in residential homes. The cost is not to exceed $647,000.

Following that, the commission will vote on purchasing approximately 242 water meters from Evertt J. Prescott, Inc. for commercial businesses in the Southview neighborhood. The cost is not to exceed $439,000. Those water meters will be ductile iron, epoxy coated, and lead-free, and also will work with the new automated meter reading system from Aclara.

The commission will then vote on acquiring the services of Power System Engineering, Inc. to assist in the implementation and transition to the new Aclara system. They will provide the city with deployment support and project management-type services as the AMI system is being implemented. According to the staff report, Power System Engineering will complete the following:

• Facilitate weekly or bi-weekly calls

• Help develop or re-define core business processes that change due to the implementation of the AMI system

• Oversee the System Acceptance Test

• Master scheduling and task tracking

• Compile and maintain a master contacts list, including warranty information

The contract is not to exceed $65,000.

Also during the commission’s meeting, they will vote on a contract with EMH&T for the development of the city’s underground utilities’ geographic information system (GIS) pilot project. According to the staff report, the Underground Utilities Department is “seeking to develop a comprehensive mapping system” as part of a cohesive GIS database. The city currently has an established stormwater mapping system, but the city needs to include layers for water, wastewater, and distribution.

The project limits are the corporation limits of the city. The cost is not to exceed $96,700, which will be paid for with city funds, with 20 percent from the stormwater budget, 40 percent from the water budget, and 40 percent from the wastewater budget. If approved, it should be completed by May 2017.

The commission also will vote on a resolution authorizing the transfer and conveyance of Miami and Erie Canal lands to the city of Piqua. The state will transfer ownership of canal lands to the city, replacing the previous Master Canal Lease granted to the city in 1926.

Lastly, the commission will vote on purchase orders to Chemical Services, Inc.; Greer Lime Company; Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.; Kemira Water Solutions, Inc.; Sterling Water Technologies, LLC; Univar USA Inc.; and the city of Dayton for the 2017 purchase of various water treatment chemicals. The total cost is $369,713 and is budgeted for 2017.

This Piqua City Commission meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in commission chambers on the second floor of the municipal building, located at 201 W. Water St.

Approximate $4.3 million project to include entire city

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336