Tabled bikeway sees no action

Another item tabled

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — A resolution concerning design services for a new multi-use bikeway remained tabled during the Piqua City Commission meeting on Tuesday evening. Mayor Lucy Fess and Commissioner Judy Terry voted to take the item off the table for discussion. Commissioners John Martin, Bill Vogt, and Joe Wilson voted against the motion.

The multi-use path would connect Scott Drive to Looney Road on the north side of U.S. Route 36.

City Engineer Amy Havenar explained at previous meetings that the project would 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 preliminary legislation with ODOT for the programming of the East Ash Street Bikeway project was also tabled during the meeting.

“We aren’t allowed to have any discussion if the item is on the table,” Fess said, explaining why no one was called to comment on either of those items on the agenda.

Next on the agenda, the commission approved the submission of applications for Federal Map-21 Funds through the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC). The application that the city will 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.

Havenar explained that this is the same grant that the city applied to for the resurfacing of South Main Street.

“The problem with these is … (it) needs to have a quick turn around,” Havenar said. “This would be in the best interest of the city.”

City Manager Gary Huff explained that due to this being part of a state highway, the soonest that it could be repaved outside of receiving this grant would be 2020.

“This is the best possible solution to move that up for quicker paving,” Huff said. “We’re fortunate to be able to apply for that funding.”

The commission also approved another application, this one being 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.

“There’s no repayment,” Havenar said.

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.

“This tower we’ve been planning will assist the industrial (park),” Don Freisthler, superintendent of the water plant, said.

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.

Freisthler also discussed the last item on the agenda, which was an emergency resolution to amend the agreement with J & J Schlaegal, Inc. for the Off-Site Pipeline Project. The amount of $54,719.43 was to pay for custom-made fittings — including additional valves, tees, restraints, and other materials — that would allow for water service to customers on U.S. Route 66 to remain uninterrupted.

Terry questioned if the commission will be seeing more requests like this one in future. Terry also asked if the contractor would be paying for the cost of such items due to the contractor’s current sizeable contract for the project, which is over $3 million.

Terry also commented that the city’s contingency for this project went toward the directing of traffic on U.S. Route 66 so they would not have to close the portion of the highway.

“I understand your concerns, Commissioner,” Freisthler said.

“It goes both ways,” Huff said. “We’ve had some pretty good credits, too … It comes in as a balance.”

“We very likely will find more items that we will incur costs,” Freisthler said. Freisthler explained that they had to have approval for purchasing those fittings in order to the keep the project on time.

The work change order was approved.

Also on the agenda:

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

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

• The approval of a contract, amended to not to exceed $63,500, with Grissom Construction, LLC for the Garnsey Street Sidewalk Replacement Project, which utilizes 2014 Community Development Block Grant funding

• The approval of 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, which will include the redesign of Lock 9 Park

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

• 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 announced the Residence Pride awards. The recipients were:

• 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.

“We do appreciate all of the Residence Pride award winners,” Fess said. Fess reminded residents that people are welcome to nominate others by calling the city manager’s office at (937) 778-2051 or by going online to

“We want to thank all of our winners,” Fess said. “We encourage everybody to take pride and help to make our city a more pleasant place.”

Another item tabled

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