PIQUA — The Piqua City Commission approved renovations for the Public Works facility during their meeting Tuesday evening and voted to allow the contractor to begin work immediately.
The commission awarded the contract to Heyne Construction, Inc. for the construction of the Public Works facility renovation project at a cost not to exceed $297,000.
“They’ve had outstanding reviews,” City Engineer Amy Havenar said about Heyne Construction.
The resolution was deemed an emergency to allow the construction work to begin immediately due to approaching winter weather. City Manager Gary Huff explained that if they had not voted on the resolution as an emergency, the city would first have to advertise the contract in the newspaper, then wait 10 days before beginning work.
“The contractor would like to get started as soon as possible,” Havenar said.
According to Havenar, the renovation work will include the removal of existing exterior walls that have water damage in addition to the installation of new exterior face brick, fiber cement siding, metal wall panels, new windows, and new doors. The project also includes the replacement of the existing furnace and condensing unit.
The work is expected to be completed by February.
The commission also approved purchasing the southeast corner of the intersection of Looney and Garbry roads, which was owned by Windermere Woods, LLC, for the roundabout project. The city also purchased a temporary easement. The cost is not to exceed $5,080.
A couple more easement purchases are expected to go before the commission for the roundabout in coming meetings.
Also during the meeting, the commission approved an annual purchase of water treatment chemicals. The purchase orders will be to Chemical Services Inc., Mississippi Lime Company, Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc., Shannon Chemical Corp., Sal Chemical, Carus Corp., Univar USA Inc., Jones Chemical Inc., and the city of Dayton. In total, approximately $319,785 is budgeted for water treatment chemicals for 2018.
The purchase is also under budget, according to Water Treatment Plant Assistant Superintendent Bob Jennings. Jennings said that due to the efficiency of the new Water Treatment Plant, the cost for water treatment chemicals for next year is $50,000 less than what the city purchased for 2017.
“It’s good we’re seeing the plant be more efficient and using less chemicals,” Jennings said.
Finally, the commission approved the purchase of excess liability insurance from Associated Electric and Gas Insurance Services Limited for coverage of the city’s dams. Associated Electric and Gas Insurance Services Limited has covered those areas of the city for over 20 years. The cost is not to exceed $80,000.
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