Commission to vote on purchases

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — The Piqua City Commission will be making a number of purchases during their next meeting on Tuesday evening.

The commission will be returning to a tabled resolution for the purchase of lawn mowers from John Deere Company for the Public Works Department. The total cost is not to exceed approximately $70,964. The resolution was tabled during their last meeting due to a question of how much the lawn mowers cost individually versus as a whole. The new lawn mowers would replace their 2014 models that have exhausted their warranties. The city would sell the old models on

Following that purchase, the commission will be considering the purchase of 41 transformers from Ermco for the Piqua Power System. The total cost is not to exceed $71,881. The purchase would replenish the Piqua Power System’s transformer inventory. The expected life for the transformers is around 25 years.

Also in connection with the Piqua Power System, the commission will be designating the director of the Piqua Power System to represent the city as a member of the board of trustees of American Municipal Power, Inc., of which the city is a member and is where the city receives its power.

Next on the agenda, the commission will be voting on a purchase order to Baker Vehicle Systems, Inc. for the purchase of a large area rotary mower for the Water Department for the upkeep of the new plant location. The cost will be $53,652.

The commission will then consider an agreement with Delta Airport Consultants, Inc. for engineering design services for the precision approach path indicator (PAPI) system at the Piqua Municipal Airport for Hartzell Field. PAPI’s are visual aids that help a pilot stay on the correct approach to an airport, according to the staff report. The contract is not to exceed $109,000.

Following that, the commission will vote on a purchase order to Bob Ross Auto Group, Inc. for the purchase of a truck with a utility bed for the Wastewater Department. It will replace their current 2001 truck that has approximately 89,000 miles. The cost is not to exceed $40,000.

The commission will then be voting on rescinding a resolution passed at their previous meeting that included a clerical error. According to the agenda, the resolution that was passed approved a purchase of two Ford police interceptor utility vehicle and two Ford police interceptor sedans from Statewide Ford. The new resolution will read the correct purchase order to Lebanon Ford at a total cost of approximately $127,889.

For the final item on the agenda, the commission will be voting on a contract to Tree Care, Inc. for the removal, pruning, and emergency tree removal. The cost is not to exceed $32,000. This is for the removal of ash trees, hazard trees, and other species in the city that need to be removed. This also includes annual tree trimming and emergency tree removal services due to catastrophic high wind events.

The next commission meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in commission chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Government Complex, located at 201 W. Water St.

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336