Commission to vote on CHIP funding partnership


By Sam Wildow - Miami Valley Today



PIQUA — The Piqua City Commission will vote on joining with the Miami County Board of Commissioners, the city of Tipp City, and the city of Troy for the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) Program during their meeting on Tuesday evening.

Together, with the Miami County Commissioners as the governing body and the cities of Piqua, Tipp City, and Troy as the participating parties, will apply for $650,000 of CHIP Program funding.

If they are awarded funding from the state, the city of Piqua expects to receive $276,000 of that funding, according to the staff report. The funds run on a two-year grant cycle and would be available for use between 2020-2021.

The city plans to use that funding for private owner rehabilitation and homeowner repair projects, both of which apply to owner-occupied dwellings, within the CHIP Program. City of Piqua Development Program Manager Janel Ranly previously explained in February that they will not be asking for any funds to be used for rental repairs or rehabilitation as the city had “very little interest” in the funds that they were awarded in the last CHIP funding cycle.

In other news:

The commission will also be considering two resolutions authorizing use of public space for special events. The first resolution will authorize the city manager to enter into a lease agreement to permit the usage of a portion of the Bike Path Waterfront behind the Old Power Plant to Mainstreet Piqua for Down a River, Down a Beer on Aug. 10. The next resolution will authorize the city manager to enter into a lease agreement to permit the usage of Piqua Veterans Memorial Park to Piqua Veterans Association for the Piqua Veterans Association Memorial Day event on May 27.

The commission will then consider an emergency ordinance enacting and adopting a supplement to the Code of Ordinances for the city of Piqua. This supplement includes all of the state legislation enacted between Jan. 1, 2018 and Aug. 2, 2018 and local legislation enacted through Sept. 4, 2018.

Following that, the commission will be considering an ordinance amending Chapter 51 of the Piqua Municipal Code in regard to sewers. The Piqua Wastewater Department completed an Ohio EPA Pretreatment Program Audit, which indicated that changes and additions to the language in this section were necessary for the municipal code to be consistent with the Ohio Administrative Code.

The commission will be considering two cost items, first voting on awarding a contract to FleetCor Technologies Operating Company, LLC, also known as Speedway, for the city’s fuel purchasing program for between July 2019 and June 2024. The city budgeted $300,000 for fuel costs for 2019.

The commission will then vote on authorizing a purchase order to Finley Fire Equipment for the purchase of a fire engine for the Piqua Fire Department. The cost of the new fire engine, which will be replacing used equipment, is not to exceed $675,156. According to the staff report, the fire department will be removing two engines from their fleet, which will reduce their maintenance costs and create additional storage space.

The commission will also discuss two zoning items, including a resolution affirming the street name Jean Street to clear up a discrepancy. Jean Street was referred to as a street on the Peters Subdivision Plat and a drive on Sunset Acres Subdivision Plat. The commission will be affirming the name of the street as Jean Street.

The commission will also be voting on rezoning property referred to as Swift Run Farm, located off of State Route 66, from residential planned unit development to open space. The property is currently open space and used for farming and land conservation. It was previously zoned for a planned unit development for a residential development over a decade ago until the 2008 housing crisis occurred. The Piqua Planning Commission recommended their approval of this request during their meeting in March.

The commission will also be voting on appointing Karen S. Jenkins as Clerk of Commission for the city of Piqua.

This meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April, 16, in commission chambers on the second floor of the municipal building, located at 201 W. Water St.

By Sam Wildow

Miami Valley Today

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmediamidwest.com