‘No right on red’ to be reviewed

City to look at appropriations, abatement assessments

By Sam Wildow - swildow@aimmedianetwork.com

PIQUA – The Piqua City Commission will hold the second reading of an ordinance that will remove “no right turn on red” rules from seven intersections for drivers in the city code at their meeting on Tuesday evening. With schools being gone in those areas, there is no longer a need for the “no right turn on red” in those intersections.

The signs have already been removed from the following intersections, but the city code still needs to be updated:

  • Ash Street and College Street
  • Main Street and Garnsey Street
  • Main Street and South Street
  • North Street and College Street
  • South Street and Brice Avenue
  • South Street and Roosevelt Avenue
  • Wayne Street and South Street

As part of this same ordinance, the commission look into the addition of a “right turn on red” prohibition to the intersection of Park Avenue and Broadway, preventing vehicles from making right turns on a red light from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days. This intersection will be part of a new walking route for kids to a new school.

For the next ordinance of old business on the agenda, the commission will hold the second reading about appropriations to be made for the city of Piqua for 2015.

“Every year at about this time, we request supplemental appropriation,” Finance Director Cynthia Holtzapple said at the previous commission meeting held on July 21. “This is due in part to a requirement that we present the 2015 annual budget to the commission in early November of [2014] before all project timing and costs are known for that year.”

At the meeting on July 21, Holtzapple also stated, “During the fiscal year, also unexpected expenses do occur, and the supplemental appropriations to more accurately reflect those changes.”

On the order of new business, the commission will hold the first reading of an ordinance that will levy special assessments to pay for the cost of nuisance abatement assessments. According to the staff report, “[the] city abates nuisance conditions on properties including mowing high grass, removing trash, trimming trees, and demolishing structures according to city code.”

Property owners are notified of the conditions, and if they fail to fix the issues presented, it results in the abatement. The city charges the property owner with the cost of the abatement and an administration fee of $35. According to the staff report, the costs will become a part of their property taxes if they fail to pay the costs ahead of time. The county auditor accepts the abatement assessments once year, and they are due this year by Sept. 14.

This ordinance will allow for the city to collect a total of $82,760.36. That amount will pay for the contractors who completed the abatements and administrative costs in the past year.

Also on the agenda will be the following resolutions:

  • Resolution No. R-111-15, which will allow American Electric Power to train personnel of the Piqua Power System with the cost not exceed $32,000
  • Resolution No. R-112-15, which will amend the agreement with OTC Services Inc. to provide professional field services, unit inspection, and refurbishment for the main power transformer for substation #3

The next city of Piqua Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 7:30 p.m. It will take place in commission chambers on the second floor of the municipal building located at 201 W. Water St. in Piqua.

City to look at appropriations, abatement assessments

By Sam Wildow


Reach Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

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