Promotions, intake line on agenda

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — The Piqua City Commission kicked off their Tuesday evening meeting by holding three oaths of office, promoting two officers within the Piqua Police Department and one firefighter-paramedic within the Piqua Fire Department.

Richard A. Byron took an oath of office for deputy chief of police for the Piqua Police Department, filling the position of Deputy Chief Tom Christy, who retired after nearly 36 years of service with the department. Christy is expected to be honored at a future commission meeting.

Jerry L. Fogt took an oath of office for police lieutenant for the Piqua Police Department. Paul H. Brown followed Fogt, taking an oath of office for fire captain for the Piqua Fire Department.

“We give thanks for all that you do … for our city,” Mayor Kazy Hinds said.

Following the oaths of office, the city then went on to donate two cases of bottled water to the Greene Street United Methodist Church, which will be taking bottled water to Flint, Mich. Hinds presented the bottled water to the Rev. Kenneth Stewart along with one of the members of his congregation.

“We are encouraging every citizen in our community to donate a case of water to Greene Street United Methodist Church to help you,” Hinds said.

During the commission’s business meeting, the commission went on to approve a handful of contracts and purchases, including the contract to Peterson Construction Company for the replacement of the river intake line for the Water Treatment Plant. The river intake line for Piqua’s Water Treatment Plant is “failing and in need of replacement,” according to the commission’s agenda.

“We had divers come in, and they were able to determine that the line was three-quarters full of sediment,” Superintendent Don Freisthler of the Water Treatment Plant said. “We had to do a second attempt with divers to try to clean the line. The divers got in and got all but about (50 feet) cleaned and found the condition of that line so bad that they were afraid of collapse on them while they were working.”

Freisthler explained that the city needs to be able to use river water between late spring through fall, as water from the Swift Run Reservoir is too high in total organic carbon (TOC) values.

The project was not bid out due to its urgency and Peterson Construction Company already being on-site working on the new Water Treatment Plant. Peterson Construction Company is also already under contract to refurbish the intake structure.

“It runs from the river itself to our current raw pump station, and Peterson is going to be putting in all new gates and refurbishing the intake structure as well as they were under contract to connect new raw pump station onto this line,” Freisthler said. “But once we found the line was actually made of clay pipe and not concrete as we saw in the original prints in 1925, it has to actually physically be replaced.” Freisthler added later, “Peterson has the equipment on site … to do this in a very timely manner.”

City Manager Gary Huff also noted that using Peterson Construction Company will save the city money from having to do complete specifications and plans, as Peterson is already familiar with the intake line.

The cost is not to exceed $340,000. The project is expected to last approximately six weeks.

Also in new business, the commission approved two resolutions authorizing purchase orders for three marked police cruisers, for one unmarked police vehicle, and for the purchase and installation of specialized equipment in police vehicles. This is a part of the Piqua Police Department’s strategic fleet replacement plan that the department began in 2013.

The cost of all four vehicles with options is approximately $101,857.50. All four of the vehicles are being purchased with a state bid contract through Statewide Ford. There was also an open bid for the accessories for the vehicles, and the lowest bid was submitted by KE Rose at $29,177.50.

Following those resolutions, the commission approved purchase order of a refuse packer truck from Palmer Trucks Co. for the Health and Sanitation Department, not to exceed $125,000. According to Director Amy Welker of the Health and Sanitation Department, this was a replacement of the oldest truck in their fleet, a 2004 Sterling Actera with 93,000 miles.

The next purchase order approved was for a bucket truck for the Piqua Power System. This truck will replace a 2000 Altec 50-foot bucket truck on an International chassis with 43,498 miles. This purchase is also part of a replacement cycle.

The new truck will be a 60-foot bucket truck from Utility Truck Equipment, purchased through the State of Ohio Cooperative Purchasing program. The cost is not to exceed $232,000 for the bucket truck.

Also connected with that purchase, the commission approved the accessory options to the bucket truck. The options will be purchased from Utility Truck Equipment at a cost not to exceed $18,000.

Other items of business covered during the commission’s meeting:

• Approved an ordinance to vacate a portion of a public right-of-way at an alley located west of Ford Drive and south of Young Street

• Held second reading of an ordinance that will amend the rules of conduct for commission meetings, changing the layout of the meetings to take public comment first

• Adopted the 2014 supplements from the American Legal Publishing Corporation of Cincinnati to the city code of ordinances

• Approved a resolution to the retain the services of the auditor of state for the 2015 annual audit of the city for approximately $41,410

• Authorized the city manager to enter into the Housing Revolving Loan Fund agreement with the State of Ohio Development Services Agency for between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31. 2018

By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at 9937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at 9937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall