HVAC upgrades at juvenile facility OK’d

Commissioners hold hearing on Gallamar ditch

By Sam Wildow - swildow@aimmediamidwest.com

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Board of Commissioners approved the cost of HVAC upgrades to the West Central Juvenile Facility on Thursday during their regular meeting.

The project was awarded to the low bidder of Mechanical Systems of Dayton, who provided a base bid of $355,400. The commissioners also approved additional costs and contracts for the improvement project, including the cost of $26,000 to install variable frequency drives (VFDs) on air handlers and the cost of $39,600 for a three-year preventative maintenance services contract for the building repairs.

Commissioner Bud O’Brien noted that the additional contracts will be funded out the county’s rehabilitation and detention funds.

“No funds will come out of the general fund,” O’Brien said.

Commissioner Gregory Simmons added, “I’m glad that they found the money.”

After their general meeting, the commissioners held a hearing on a petition to reconstruct a ditch near the Gallamar subdivision in Newton Township.

Earlier this year, the commissioners received a petition asking the county to reconstruct an existing tile ditch located on the north side of Myers Road in Newton Township to address seasonal flooding of Gallamar subdivision, as well as flooding of the travel lanes on Myers Road.

Miami County Engineer Paul Huelskamp, in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, provided an estimated cost of $63,392 for the proposed project. He also added the the cost of the benefits for completing the project would be approximately $878,465.

“The benefits exceed the cost,” Huelskamp said.

Residents of the affected area then took turns speaking in favor of the project.

Terry Byers of Newton Township provided photographs taken from his driveway of flooding that occurs due to the inadequate ditch. Byers said that the flooding problems have existed since he moved there in 1976.

Jean Ward of Newton Township said that there is a sinkhole on her property where the ditch continues, which caused her to post safety tape.

“It has been getting worse,” Ward said about the flooding.

Ward also said that the flooding has impacted Myers Road by eroding it.

“This has been an ongoing problem for many, many years,” Newton Township Trustee Terry Wackler said.

Wackler said said the township invested approximately $50,000 in safety improvements downstream to try and impact the flooding. Wackler reiterated that it was a county issue as, “Our road does flood.”

When the commissioners opened the floor to those who wanted to speak against the project, Covington resident Raymond Gardner said he did not see an issue, noting he was not sure how close his property was to the affected area.

No decision was made on whether or not the county will pursue reconstructing the ditch. The commissioners will be accepting written comments on the proposed project until the end of business on Nov. 9.

In other news:

Also during their meeting, the commissioners approved a change order that reflected a deduction in the center line and edge line striping and center line layout program through the county engineer’s office. The change order reflected $9,665.62 in savings of quantities and materials not used. The total contract is now $86,196.38.

Simmons thanked the engineer’s office for finding the deduction, noting, “We’ve been finding a lot of them lately.”

The commissioners also authorized and signed a first modification of contract with Woodhull, LLC for the provision of an additional 10 paper trays that accommodate 550 sheets of paper, which will be distributed among five existing printers in county offices. The approved cost for the addition paper trays is $4,000, or $330 per quarter.


An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated commissioner Gregory Simmons’ name as Gene Simmons. The Troy Daily News and Piqua Daily Call regret this error.

Commissioners hold hearing on Gallamar ditch

By Sam Wildow


Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmediamidwest.com or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmediamidwest.com or (937) 451-3336