Commission to consider salary hikes, 2019 budget

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — The Piqua City Commission will go over a number of items during their meeting on Tuesday evening, including salary increases, their 2019 annual budget, purchasing property, and more.

The commission will be holding the first readings of ordinances regarding year-end legislation that comes before them annually.

The commission will hold the first reading of an ordinance in regard to their 2019 annual budget. The ordinance is to make appropriations for the city of Piqua in 2019, the total of which will be approximately $132,464,712, including transfers.

The commission will also hold the first reading of an ordinance that would give full-time, non-union employees a 2 percent salary increase. For each of those non-union employees, there are six steps in each classification and each step will increase by 2 percent.

The commission will then consider an ordinance to add job the titles Harvest Operator and Seasonal Greens Superintendent to their seasonal and part-time employee list.

The commission will also consider an ordinance that will set the new benefit years for the employee health insurance for 2019.

Also on their agenda, the commission will consider an ordinance that would add hospitals as a principal permitted use within general business districts in the city’s code. City Planner Chris Schmiesing previously said that in the zoning code, hospitals are listed as a special use in the two-family and multi-family residential zoning code, but he said that by today’s standards, listing hospitals in a business district would be “more applicable.”

The commission will also vote on changing the zoning for the property located at 1130 Garbry Road from open space to general business. The applicant, Mark Feathers of South Carolina, requested the zoning change so he could sell the property and so the site could be developed. Feathers said that there is currently some interest in the site for a medical office building. The Piqua Planning Commission recommended approving this zoning change.

The commission will also vote on the purchase of properties located at 112-114 S. Main St. and 212 E. Water St. The purchases will be to facilitate economic development as part of the Riverfront Redevelopment Strategy. The properties are expected to be demolished. The cost for the 0.15-acre property on South Main Street is not to exceed $28,900, and the cost for the 0.09-acre property on East Water Street is not to exceed $29,000.

Later, the commission will vote on the sale of city-owned real estate. An adjoining property owner on the 600 block of South Main Street requested to purchase an 8-foot-wide strip of land owned by the city in order to make improvements to his driveway. The purchaser paid for the services of a professional surveyor to complete the survey work necessary for the transaction. The sale will be for $610.

The commission will also vote on an emergency resolution to amend a contract with LJB, Inc. for the design of the Commercial Street utilities project. The amendment is for an additional $5,000 to a total amount not to exceed approximately $30,000 for multiple unforeseen gas utilities conflicts, according to the staff report.

Also in regard to the Commercial Street utilities project, the commission will vote on another emergency resolution to add a change order to the contract with Milcon Concrete, Inc. Milcon Concrete found four unreported Vectren gas lines in conflict with other project utilities, a storm sewer realignment due to a conflict with private property, and a private storm line that needs to be tied into the public storm sewer. The change order will be not to exceed $51,832.

Also during their meeting, the commission will:

• Vote on a resolution for a one-year lease with Dream Builders Group, Inc. for use of the Mote Park building for the Clubhouse program for second graders through sixth graders.

• Appoint Janel Ranly to the Miami County Community Action Council Board.

• Administer the fire captain oath of office for Kristopher James Black of the Piqua Fire Department.

This meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. in commission chambers on the second floor of the municipal building, located at 201 W. Water St.

By Sam Wildow

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