Commission to vote on trash carts purchase

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — The Piqua City Commission will be voting on the purchase of trash carts for city residents during their meeting on Tuesday evening.

The commission will vote on a purchase order to Cascade Engineering for trash carts at a cost not to exceed $404,000. The Health and Sanitation Department used the Sourcewell Cooperative Purchasing contract to find the lowest bidder for the purchase.

The carts will be for refuse customers. There will be a variety of sizes available, including 96-gallon, 64-gallon, and 32-gallon carts. According to the staff report, the carts will be blue with a black lid and a city logo on the side. These are also the same type of carts that customers are currently using for recycling. The carts will also have a 10-year warranty with full replacement if needed. The purchase will be for approximately 8,500 carts.

If approved, the carts will be delivered in eight to 10 weeks.

The commission will then vote on a resolution to levy assessments to pay for the cost of the city abating nuisance conditions. Those conditions include mowing high grass, removing trash, trimming trees, and demolishing structures, according to the staff report. This resolution will allow the city to collect approximately $28,227, which includes the cost to hire contracts to complete the abatements as well as administrative costs.

Next on the agenda, the commission will consider a resolution amending the contract with SSOE Group for professional consulting and engineering services for the Piqua Power System in regard to the power system’s 69 kV high-voltage breaker replacement project. Additional engineering hours are required for the project after existing breaker foundations were found to be inadequate and in need of a redesign at one of the substations. This will increase the contract amount by $18,000 for a final amount of $80,000.

The commission will then vote on a moral obligation to pay Valley Asphalt Corporation for hot mix asphalt for the 2018 street, alley, and bike path maintenance program for the Public Works Department. The department exceeded its prior estimate of $332,280 for the cost of hot mix asphalt for this year and is seeking approval to increase the purchase order amount to a total not to exceed $440,300.

The commission will also vote on their annual purchase of excess liability insurance for the city. The cost will be $87,453 to Associated Electric and Gas Insurance Services for coverage of the city’s dams, water, wastewater, and power utilities. The commission will then vote on liability insurance for their combustion turbines at a cost of $85,096 through Chubb.

Following that, the commission will vote on retaining health insurance consulting services through Enrollment Management Services (EMS). According to the staff report, EMS will work with the city and its employees to offer support with insurance options outside of the city’s group plan. Employees who waive healthcare coverage may be eligible for additional funding to supplement health care costs from resources other than the city plan.

The consulting fees are $5,000 per month for the three-year period. The city can terminate services if the cost of the services do not outweigh the savings.

The commission will also consider an emergency ordinance amending chapter 33 of the Piqua Municipal Code Employment Policy in regard to sick leave for municipal employees.

Piqua Government Academy graduates include Leesa Baker, Melissa Clune, Thomas Fogt, Joyce Sarver, David Scott, Joshua Sheets, Michael Sloan, Mary Tolman, Christa Wheeler, Eric White, Bev Young, and Holden Yount.

The commission meeting will end with an executive session to consider the purchase or sale of property for public purposes.

This meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in commission chambers on the second floor of the municipal building, 201 W. Water St.

By Sam Wildow

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