Commission to vote on collecting abatement costs

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — On Tuesday evening, the Piqua City Commission will be holding their third reading and voting on 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 as well as increases fees for repeat offenders. 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.

On the order of new business, the Underground Utilities Department is seeking an emergency resolution to increase their allotted expenditure amount from $35,000 to $60,000 in order to pay to for an unforeseen repair. This resolution will allow the Underground Utilities Department to pay for the repair of the vacuum compressor assembly unit on the Vac-Con, which is expected to be done by Best Equipment.

Next on the agenda, the commission will be considering the purchase order to Prograde Excavation & Demolition, LLC for the storm water repair they completed on East Water Street for the Underground Utilities Department. According to the staff report, there was a major storm water pipe collapse on East Water Street on June 15. The damage was reportedly severe, calling for a contractor to “properly repair the site,” according to the staff report. Prograde Excavation & Demolition, LLC completed the work, and the cost of the repair was $62,317.23.

The Public Works Department is also requesting an increase in funds. They are seeking to increase their annual purchase order with Kirk NationaLease from $21,000 to $45,000 for heavy equipment repair. The Public Works Department is also seeking an increase in funds for their annual purchase order with Dick Lumpkin’s Auto Body. The amount will increase from $22,000 to $40,000 for small truck repair. Both of these increases are in order to pay for “any additional repairs that may be needed in the upcoming months,” according to the staff report.

The commission will also be hearing from the Health and Sanitation Department, which is expanding its recycling program in order to include additional sizes of recycling carts. They are seeking approval of a contract not to exceed $18,000 with Cascade Engineering for the purchase of recycling carts.

The following resolutions are also on the agenda:

  • A resolution of appreciation for city employee William J. Liddy, a Journeyman Line Crew Leader with the Piqua Power System who is retiring after over 30 years with the city
  • A contract that will authorize Fifth Third Bank, JP Morgan Chase, U.S. Bank, Unity National Bank, and Mainsource Bank to serve as depositories for public funds
  • A contract with the Miami County Public Defender Commission for the year 2016 for the amount of $20,341.13 to be paid in three installments

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

By Sam Wildow

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

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