Tabled resolutions back on agenda

East Ash Street Bikeway back for vote

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — The design services and programming for a new muli-use path is back on the agenda for the next Piqua City Commission meeting after being tabled at the previous two meetings.

On Tuesday night, the commission will be voting on the the multi-use path, also referred to as the East Ash Street Bikeway project, after holding a work session to consider specific details, such as making the multi-use path out of concrete rather than pavement.

The project will connect Scott Drive to Looney Road on the north side of U.S. Route 36. City Engineer Amy Havenar explained at previous commission meetings that it 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.

If approved, the multi-use path will be separated from the roadway and use the same alignment as the existing sidewalk. It will also widen the area and add a vehicular barrier on the U.S. Route 36 bridge over I-75.

The preliminary legislation with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the programming of East Ash Street Bikeway project was the other resolution tabled in connection with this project.

The engineering portion of the project must be funded with 100 percent local funds. City Manager Gary Huff explained that the project has already gone to bids, and the agreement will be with Korda/Nemeth Engineering. The contract for the agreement for the design services is not to exceed $105,000.

Also on the commission’s agenda is the third reading and vote on an ordinance that will update the gas franchise agreement with Vectren. Piqua City Attorney Stacy Wall explained the following changes to the agreement at previous meetings:

• 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”

For the only item of new business on the agenda, the commission will be considering a contract extension with Burch Hydro, Inc. for Wastewater Plant biosolids for three years. According to the agenda, there is $159,885 budgeted for this for 2016.

Also on the agenda:

• Oath of office for the new Piqua Fire Chief Brent Eric Pohlschneider

• Oath of Office for Police Lieutenant William D. Weaver

• Recognition of the Valor Award Winners from the Piqua Fire Department for Brad Weer and Josh Sullenberger

• Proclamation on Piqua Citizen’s Journey with Shea Selsor accepting

The next Piqua City Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. It will take place in commission chambers on the second floor of the municipal building, located at 201 W. Water St.

East Ash Street Bikeway back for vote

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