Commission holding tax budget hearing

PIQUA — The Piqua City Commission will be holding a public hearing Tuesday evening during their regular meeting regarding setting a budget for 2016. The city is required to file the 2016 County Tax Budget for the city of Piqua with the Miami County Budget Commission by July 20.

The total 2016 County Tax Budget is projected to be $144.4 million, according to Finance Director Cynthia Holtzapple. According to the staff report, that is an increase of $7.2 million or 5.3 percent “more than the latest 2015 estimates due to several major projects in the Enterprise funds.”

Next on the agenda, the commission will vote on entering into a contract with L.J. DeWeese Co., Inc. for the Safe Routes to School Improvements Project. According to the staff report, “the work will consist of the installation of new pavement markings and signage, the installation of ADA compliant curb ramps, the replacement of damaged sidewalk [and] curbs, the removal of traffic signals, and the construction of a multi-use path to the Junior High School from Looney Road.”

The contract is not to exceed $677,500, which includes a 10 percent contingency. The Safe Routes to School grant funded $499,915 for the design and construction of the project, according to the staff report. There is $453,000 left over after the cost for the design to go towards to the cost of construction. The remaining funds will come from the city’s 2015 budget.

Following that resolution, the commission will vote on a contract to Underground Utilities, Inc. for the Garbry Road Water Main Extension project. According to Resolution No. R-104-15, Underground Utilities, Inc. will install a new 16” water main along Garbry Road from Keinle Drive to U. S. Route 36. This new water main is expected to finish “the water loop from the E. Ash Street water tower,” according to the staff report. This is meant to provide adequate water supply to coincide “with the future growth projection as identified in the City’s Water Distribution Master Plan.”

The contract is not to exceed $358,500, which includes at 10 percent contingency. It will be funded through the Water Department funds.

For the next contract on the agenda, the commission will be looking at awarding a contract to Grissom Construction, LLC for the Garnsey Street Sidewalk Replacement project. Grissom Construction, LLC will be replacing portions of sidewalk and drive approaches on the 300 and 400 blocks of Garnsey Street, according to the staff report.

The contract is not to exceed $60,000. The FY 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Community Development Allocation Program is funding the project.

For the last resolution on the agenda, the commission will vote on allowing a contract to Roe Transportation Enterprises for the demolition of the property at 102 S. Main Street. The goal of the demolition is to remove the unsafe structure and contribute the space to the Downtown Riverfront Redevelopment Strategy. The contract is not to exceed $38,500 and is funded by 2015 budget allocations.

On the order of old business, the commission will discuss an emergency ordinance to establish consistent curfew hours throughout all of the city parks. In this new ordinance, no one will be allowed to enter or remain in the city parks between dusk and 7 a.m. the following day.

For parks with “lighted softball, baseball, football, or soccer fields,” no innings or equivalent game periods are to start after 10:30 p.m., according to Ordinance No. 7-15. The exception will be during tournament time. The commission will also be discussing restrictions regarding smoking in the public parks.

The commission will also be hearing a special presentation from Nathan Burkholder on the Piqua Activity Day.