Solar field proposed on Staunton Street property

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA —The Piqua City Commission will be considering authorizing the rezoning of land in Piqua for the development of a solar field during their meeting Tuesday evening.

The application, which is for 430 and 543 Staunton St., would rezone the locations from one-family residential to light industry. These locations are currently a vacant school lot and farm fields. Ed Kreiger, director of the Piqua Power Plant, is the applicant. The current owners of the land are Piqua City Schools and a private resident.

The commission will also be voting on the final legislation for an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the Bike Path Connections Project.

The preliminary agreement with ODOT was authorized in February 2011 for this project, also referred to as the Garnsey Street/Commercial Street Corridor Project. According to the staff report, this project “will consist of the construction of short segments of multi-use trails at both ends of the project to connect the existing trail facilities to the existing street improvements.” It will make adjustments to street corridors to designiate the bike routes and pedestrian pathways in addition to realigning the intersection of Garnsey, Roosevelt, and College.

The total estimated cost for the project is approximately $656,000, with up to $421,462 being funded with a Federal High Administration grant through the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. The local portion of the cost will be $257,552, which includes a 10 percent contingency, which the commission will be voting on Tuesday. That portion will be funded through the street income tax.

If approved, the construction for this project is expected to begin in June.

The commission will also be considering a contract for the construction of truck unloading stations for the Piqua Power System. The contract is with M&T Excavating, LLC at a cost not to exceed $96,000, which includes a 20 percent contingency.

The necessity of these stations is due to the city’s recently updated and re-certified Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan. The staff report states that the Piqua Power System was required to construct these stations to ensure that any potential fuel spills are contained during the loading of gas turbine fuel tanks.

Next, the commission will vote on a contract for roof repairs to the Piqua Power Plant. The contract is with WRI Applications, LLC at a cost not to exceed $40,000.

Later, the commission will vote on purchasing land located on R M Davis Parkway for the Health and Sanitation Department for a new garage and office facility. The cost is not to exceed $53,425 and would be purchased through the Water Department Enterprise Fund.

The next commission meeting will be held Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in commission chambers on the second floor of the municipal building, 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