HUBER HEIGHTS — Monday night, the Huber Heights City Council authorized accepting the planning grant of $50,000 from the Montgomery County Land Bank to perform a comprehensive study of the Brandt Pike Corridor for revitalization efforts and to enter into a grant agreement with the Montgomery County Land Bank regarding such grant.
In order to receive the full grant amount, the city is required to pay for the study and expend matching funds of up to 25 percent of the study’s cost, after which the city can receive the grant amount. The city manager was authorized to prepare an RFP in conjunction with the Montgomery County Land Bank for the study with the total cost not to exceed $75,000.
The southern end of Huber Heights along Brandt Pike (State Route 201) is an established commercial area that began in the late 1950’s when the residential single family ranch style homes began cropping up. Just over 21,000 cars per day drive this corridor.
The goal of the comprehensive study, called the Target Revitalization Plan, focused on southern end of Huber Heights along the Brandt Pike Corridor, is to create an action plan, define a clear scope of work and deliverables, and identify opportunities to make improvements to the Corridor.
Council heard the third reading of five related amended resolutions or ordinances establishing salary ranges and wage levels with some redefined titles. Among the changes is the appointing of Katherine Knisley as Director of Human Resources. Her current position is Human Resources Manager. Also approved was the appointment of Branden Payton as Director of Information Technology. He is currently the Information Technology Manager. These were slated to become effective Aug. 12.
Council heard the third reading of an application to initiate foreclosure proceedings with Montgomery County for a vacant property on Elysian Way under the Huber Heights Land Reutilization Program. The property has been verified with the Montgomery County Auditor and does meet the criteria for the program. It is vacant and has been delinquent on property taxes for at least two years.
In other business, Council:
-Adopted the 2016 tax budget following a public hearing. The Miami County Auditor requested the tax budget as a proof of the need for Miami County’s distribution of property taxes and Local Government Fund revenue.
-Appointed Jaclynn Shook to the Arts and Beautification Commission for a term ending June 30, 2018.
-Entered into a contract with Associated Excavating Inc. for the Chambersburg Road Storm Sewer Replacement on Chambersburg Road from Rosebury to approximately 273 linear feet east at a cost not to exceed $35,000. Time constraints and work emergencies prevented the competitive bidding process from being utilized. Engineering Staff received three quotes and Associated Excavating’s quote was the lowest. This replacement is emergency work that needs to be accomplished prior to the paving operation on Chambersburg Road that is scheduled for early summer.
-Increased the Durst Brothers Excavating contract for the construction of the culvert on Fishburg Road as additional work was required on the project increasing the cost from $215,000 to $227,000. The Stormwater Fund will be used to cover this additional cost.
-Entered into a contract with ISCO Industries for the storm rehabilitation at a cost not to exceed $60,000. The storm sewer and storm culverts at different locations in the city are deteriorated and in urgent need of rehabilitation. ISCO uses a Snap Tite Lining System, which is a quick trenchless solution that eliminates road closure, detours, and traffic interruption. Vote was 7-1 with Tyler Starline voting no. He told the Courier his vote was related to the fact that this was not bid under formal bids, but had three informal quotes.
Council heard the first reading of a resolution authorizing the purchase of the Power 911 system for use by the Public Safety Communication Center of the city of Huber Heights in order to provide continued 911 service at a cost not to exceed $130,000. The second reading is expected to be heard at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 27.Greg Smart may be reached at 937-236-4990, ext. 2542 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com.