Six new ordinances to go before Piqua City Commission

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — The Piqua City Commission will be hearing a host of first readings for six new ordinances during their next meeting on Tuesday, many of which are preparations for the new year.

For the first two ordinances on the agenda, the commission will be considering adopting new pay schedules. The first ordinance is in regard to non-union employees. Those employees will receive a 2 percent increase in their wages for 2016.

The second ordinance discusses the wages of lifeguards at the Piqua pool and employees at Echo Hills Golf Course.

“For the past several years, it has been more difficult to recruit and retain lifeguards for the Piqua pool due in part to the cost of the certification,” the staff report stated. “Previously, there were pay increases for each step for lifeguard.”

The staff report noted that small increases in minimum wage have made the differences between those steps almost non-existent. This ordinance will fix those steps “to mirror those of laborer and golf course worker.”

This ordinance will also change the pay for the assistant pool manager “to reflect a differential between” the head guard and the assistants, according to the staff report. “An additional step has been added to those employees who work at the golf course in the club house and attending to the carts.”

The next ordinance on the agenda will update the city’s employees’ health insurance to reflect the new benefit year of 2016.

Next, the commission must adopt a new income tax after the passage of Ohio House Bill 5 (HB5), which was approved in December 2014. According to the staff report, the city needs “to update this ordinance with some housekeeping items to keep in conformity with the new tax code” that will begin on Jan. 1.

Following that ordinance, the commission will hear about the 2016 Annual Budget. In addition to this ordinance receiving three readings, the commission will review the department budgets on Nov. 19.

Also on the commission’s agenda:

• An ordinance declaring the city’s intent to vacate a public right of way at an alley located between Main and Wayne streets as it is not being used for public purposes

• A resolution with an intent to vacate a platted portion of a public right of way at an alley located west of Ford Drive and south of Young Street as it is not being used for public purposes

• A resolution rezoning three property locations located on Covington Avenue from Multi-family Residential to General Business

• A resolution purchasing excess liability insurance not to exceed $80,500

Also on the commission’s agenda, there will be two member appointments to the energy board, one appointment to the park board, and one appointment to the board of zoning appeals.

The next Piqua City Commission meeting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in commission chambers on the second floor of the municipal building, located at 201 W. Water St. in Piqua.

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