PIQUA – The Piqua City Commission will be voting on Tuesday evening on design services for a multi-use path that will connect Scott Drive/Centre Court to Looney Road on the north side of U.S. Route 36. The agreement will be with Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc.
According to the staff report about the East Ash Street Bikeway project, the “separated shared use path will generally utilize the alignment of the existing sidewalk, with a widened sidewalk and vehicular barrier added to the north US Route 26 bridge over I-75.”
The project will also connect with the Ohio Department of Transporation’s (ODOT) bridge improvement project over the Great Miami River. The contract is not to exceed $105,000.
The engineering portion of the project will be funded with 100 percent local funds. The city has reportedly secured up to $350,000 for the construction of the project from Transportation Alternatives funding from the Federal Highway Administration.
The design work would begin immediately. The project construction would be scheduled for the summer of 2018, according to the staff report.
Also on the commission’s regular agenda, they will hold the first reading of an ordinance that will update the gas franchise agreement with Vectren. According to the Piqua City Attorney Stacy Wall, the significant changes to the agreement include:
- A five-year term, which will automatically renew
- Six-month notice to terminate agreement
- The ability for the city of Piqua “to request a yearly construction and maintenance plan and maps covering the natural gas facilities in the public right of way”
- Vectren must secure a permit prior before any construction in the right of way
- A performance bond will be required
- Vectren will be obligated “to move or adjust facilities” when there is a need “to accommodate a municipal improvement”
The commission will also be voting on three resolutions regarding preliminary consent legislation with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). The preliminary consent legislation will be for the proposed resurfacing of a portion of U.S. Route 36, for the microsurfacing of a portion of U.S. Route 36, and for bridge repairs on State Route 66.
Also on the commission’s agenda:
- A resolution to approve the tax rates for the city that the Miami County Budget Commission determined
- A resolution to authorize a lease with the Miami County Amateur Radio Club for radio communications purposes
The Piqua City Commission meeting will begin with a joint meeting with the Washington Township trustees on Tuesday evening. The purpose of the meeting will be to appoint Frank J. Patrizio to fill the unexpired term of Harlen Smoot on the board of trustees of Forest Hill Union Cemetery. Their last joint meeting was held on Jan. 6.
The next Piqua City Commission meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in commission chambers in the municipal building located at 201 W. Water St. in Piqua.
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