PIQUA — The Piqua City Commission heard the first reading of an ordinance that will give residents a chance to vote on additional reasons for which the commission can go into executive session.
“It changes what the commission would be permitted to go in to executive session for,” City Attorney Stacy Wall said during the commission’s meeting Tuesday evening.
If approved after three readings, that ordinance will authorize the submission of a proposed amendment to the Piqua Charter for the Nov. 8 General Election ballot. The proposed amendment would update Piqua’s charter to be consistent with the Ohio Revised Code.
Wall added that these additional reasons to go into executive session will not be open-end, but will be specifically defined by Ohio law. This change would allow the commission to go into executive session to discuss economic development, matters of security or emergency protocols, and anything else authorized by the Ohio Revised Code.
Next on the commission’s agenda, the commission approved the purchase of a medic for the Piqua Fire Department from Horton Emergency Vehicles Company to replace the department’s 1996 model. The medic was originally supposed to be replaced four years ago, but the department needed to replace their 2007 model after it failed.
“With the replacement, we’re looking to maintain the dependability of our fleet,” Chief Brent Pohlschneider of the Piqua Fire Department said. The 1996 model requires regular maintenance because of its age and its dependability is decreasing.
The cost is not to exceed $236,000. The purchase was also a part of the city’s approved budget.
The city also received approval to amend their agreement with LJB Inc. for their design work and right-of-way acquisition services for the Garnsey Street/Commercial Street Corridor Neighborhood Connector Project. According to City Engineer Amy Havenar, the increased amount in the contract will address additional engineering and right-of-way services that will finish this portion of the project and allow for construction to begin.
The contract to LJB Inc. will increase by $46,545 to a total of $176,725. The funds will come from the street income tax, but the city received $421,462 in grant funding from the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission for the construction of this project. The total cost of the construction is estimated at $527,000.
The commission also approved a resolution that will amend the city’s agreement with Bowser-Morner, Inc. for the testing and observation services for the off-site pipeline project as part of the new Water Treatment Plant. This will allow for a technician to be on site for eight hours a day instead of only four. The contract will increase by $40,000 to a total of $58,000.
The commission also did the following during their meeting:
• Held the first reading of an ordinance to amend language in Chapter 51 of the Piqua Municipal Code in regard to wastewater in order to comply with the Ohio EPA, including updating language and other minor changes.
• Approved a resolution to approve legislation with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for microsurfacing various routes, including a portion of U.S. Route 36 within the city.
• Approved a resolution that will lease Lock 9 Park and Linear Park to Mainstreet Piqua for the Down a River Down a Beer Recreational Trail Celebration Event on Aug. 6.
• Approved a resolution authorizing the city manager to submit an application to ODOT for funding to make improvements to Hartzell Field at the Piqua Municipal Airport.
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