City seeks to evaluate three dams

ODNR identifies deficiencies

By Sam Wildow - Piqua Daily Call

PIQUA — During their next meeting on Tuesday, the Piqua City Commission will consider a project that will be evaluate the city’s three Class 1 dams that are a part of the city’s surface water system that they maintain.

The commission will vote on a resolution requesting authorization to enter into an agreement with Stantec Consulting Services Inc. for the completion of an evaluation and phase I of the master plan of the Piqua water supply lake system. The cost of the consulting services is $197,000, which will be split between the 2018 and 2019 budgets. This includes a 10 percent contingency.

This project is necessary due to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) identifying deficiencies with the city’s three Class 1 dams in the ODNR’s latest dam safety inspection report, according to the city’s staff report. The report went on to say that this project will create a master plan that “will specifically address the improvements needed to allow for the dams to safely pass the required design flood without overtopping the embankments.”

According to the staff report, this project will allow for the city and Stantec to:

• Develop a detailed schedule for reaching ODNR dam safety compliance and explore alternative projects/options for compliance

• Complete a historical review of the available data, a preliminary condition survey, field surveying, a structural condition survey of the three principal spillway structures, and limited geotechnical work

• Perform a hydraulic and hydrologic analysis

• Research potential grant funding opportunities

The commission also will consider the purchase of chemicals for the Water Treatment Plant for next year. They will vote on a resolution authorizing purchase orders to Chemical Services Inc, Chemrite, Inc., Air Products and Chemicals,Inc., Sal Chemical, Univar USA Inc., Greer Lime Company, and the City of Dayton for the 2019 purchase of various water treatment chemicals. The total estimated expenditure is $331,180.

Following that, the commission will consider a resolution authorizing the city manager to enter into a collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers, Inc. (AFSCME), Ohio Council 8, Local 984 (Clerical). This agreement would give the clerical collar unit a 2 percent wage increase for 2019 and the same health benefit received by all city employees.

Additionally, the commission will hold the second readings of a number of ordinances, including one 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 also hold the second reading of an ordinance to raise the minimum wage for their seasonal and part-time staff to match the state’s new minimum wage for next year.

They will also hold the second 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.

Later, they 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 due to hospitals’ traffic volumes and use type, they would be better suited for business districts.

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

ODNR identifies deficiencies

By Sam Wildow

Piqua Daily Call

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