Hinds to take oath as Piqua mayor

By Sam Wildow - swildow@aimmedianetwork.com



PIQUA — The Rev. Kathryn “Kazy” Hinds will be taking her oath of office as the mayor of Piqua and 5th Ward city of Piqua commissioner during the first Piqua City Commission meeting of the new year, being held on Tuesday evening. Returning commissioners John Martin and Bill Vogt also will renew their oaths during the meeting.

After the commissioners and mayor have been sworn in, the meeting will begin with a joint meeting with the Washington Township trustees. The commission and trustees will be appointing Hinds and reappointing Frank J. Patrizio to the board of trustees of Forest Hill Union Cemetery.

Hinds will be filling the unexpired term of Lucy Fess, which will expire on Dec. 31, 2017. Patrizio’s term will expire on Dec. 31, 2018.

In new business, the commission will be purchasing property and liability insurance from the Miami Valley Risk Managment Association (MVRMA) at a premium of $312, 389, which has decreased from $342,528 in 2015 and from $362,959 in 2014. The city’s premium is based on their claim history. According to the staff report, the city “receives back its prorated share of the remaining funds for year” after a loss year is closed.

The commission also will be voting on the purchase of a new, one-ton truck with a dump bed and snowplow for the Water Department. Middletown Ford is the low bid through state bid pricing, and the cost will be $48,591.12.

According to the staff report, the Water Department has been borrowing a similar vehicle from other departments to complete jobs. The staff report states that having this vehicle will save them time from borrowing other vehicles in other departments as well as provide them with more flexibility for its use. The vehicle can be utilized during a snow emergency, as well as for other purposes such as “towing the weed harvester, hauling debris from the hydraulic canal and levees, hauling graveling, and other various uses.”

The commission also will consider a resoluation that will authorize an agreement with Feskbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. Engineers to perform an engineering study for Phase II of the city’s Wasterwater Pump Stations Rehabilitation Program. First, this will finish the evaluation that started in 2015. Then they will also complete the preliminary design work for the city’s sewage pump stations and “develop a plan that will diagram needs and improvements at those stations to ensure reliable operation for the next 30-50 years,” according to the staff report.

The city budgeted $60,000 for this part of the project. The expected expenditure is approximately $56,000 with a 5 percent contingency.

The next phase of the project will be the detailed design work and construction during 2017 and 2018. According to the staff report, the city has applied for an Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant and loan to pay for the construction, but the city will not know what they will be awarded until a later date.

The following items also are on the agenda:

• A resolution accepting Hinds’ resignation as a member of the Park Board

• A resolution appointing Hinds to the Grow Piqua Now Board, filling Fess’s unexpired term that will expire on Dec. 31, 2017

• A resolution authorizing the city purchasing analyst to advertise for bids to make certain purchases during the 2016 year in the Piqua Daily Call

The next Piqua City Commission meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, in commission chambers on the second floor of the municipal building located at 201 W. Water St.


By Sam Wildow


Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

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