Tabled bikeway back on agenda

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — A resolution concerning design services for a new multi-use bikeway that was tabled at the last Piqua City Commission meeting is back on the agenda for their next meeting on Tuesday. The multi-use path will connect Scott Drive to Looney Road on the north side of U.S. Route 36.

According to City Engineer Amy Havenar’s staff report about the East Ash Street Bikeway project, the multi-use path will be separated from the roadway and use the same alignment as the existing sidewalk if the project is approved. It will also widen the area and add a vehicular barrier on the U.S. Route 36 bridge over I-75.

Havenar also explained that the project will connect with a bridge improvement project being completed by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) on the Ash Street bridge that goes over the Great Miami River.

The overall project is expected to cost approximately $575,000. The city obtained a grant for up to $350,000 for the construction of the project from Transportation Alternatives funding from the Federal Highway Administration.

The engineering portion of the project must be funded with 100 percent local funds. The contract for the agreement for the design services is not to exceed $105,000. The agreement will be with Korda/Nemeth Engineering.

The preliminary legislation with ODOT for the programming of East Ash Street Bikeway project is also on the agenda for Tuesday evening.

Next on the agenda is a resolution that will allow applications to be submitted for Federal Map-21 Funds through the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC). This comes after the MVRPC solicited local government entities for new transportation projects for funding consideration in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

The application that the city is looking to submit to MVRPC will be a project for the resurfacing of Covington Avenue on U.S. State Route 36 from Sunset Drive to College Street. According to the staff report, the total cost of the project is estimated at $682,757. Federal funding would cover approximately 75 percent of the cost or $512,068. There would be a local match of $170,689.

The city is also seeking approval to submit another application, this one for the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and Local Transportation Improvement Programs. This will be for funding of $1,075,000 for the New Central Zone Water Tower Project.

The project includes the construction of a new one million-gallon water storage tank. It will be built on the south end of the city and will replace two 250,000-gallon water storage tanks that are deteriorated. Also included in this project is the demolition of those two tanks and “the installation of a new water main to tie the proposed tank into the existing water system,” according to the staff report.

The total cost of the project is estimated at approximately $4.6 million. The city has also applied for a loan from the Ohio EPA Water Supply Revolving Loan Account. If the city is able to move forward on the project, construction would begin in the summer of 2016.

Also on the agenda:

• The second reading of an ordinance that will amend the franchise agreement with Vectren

• A resolution stating the city’s intent to vacate the public right-of-way at an alley located between Main and Wayne streets

• A contract not to exceed $60,000 with Grissom Construction, LLC for the Garnsey Street Sidewalk Replacement Project, which utilizes 2014 Community Development Block Grant funding

• A contract not to exceed $75,000 with Gamble Associates Architecture + Urban Planning for professional urban design services for the Downtown Riverfront and Placemaking Improvements Design Development project

• The purchase of 110 E. Ash St. for an amount not to exceed $55,000 plus related administrative costs

• An emergency resolution amending the agreement with J&J Schlaegel, Inc. for the Off-Site Pipeline Project for the amount of $54,719.43

• Proclamations for Walk to School Day and Community Planning Month

• A resolution of appreciation for Michael J. Fischbach, who is retiring as an accountant with the finance department after 25 years of working with the city

The commission will also be giving out Residence Pride awards. The recipients will be:

• Faye Shaw, 724 Broadway St.

• John and Linda Lange, 400 Gill St.

• Brett and Chanda Victor, 1010 Hancock St.

• Charlyne Jamieson, 25 Marymont Drive

• Josh and Elaine Worley, 925 Washington Ave.

The next Piqua City Commission meeting will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7: 30 p.m. in commission chambers at the municipal building, 201 W. Water St.

By Sam Wildow

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

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