Design services for bridge replacement OK’d

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Commissioners on Tuesday approved engineering services for the design of the replacement of the Peterson Road bridge.

The Peterson Road bridge is currently scheduled to be replaced in 2024. The commissioners authorized and signed an engineering agreement with the firm of Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc. of Columbus, as requested by Miami County Engineer Paul Huelskamp, for professional services for the design of the Peterson Road Bridge No. 00.05 replacement project. The total cost not to exceed $363,457.98, including additional “if authorized” services of $32,292.38, which will be paid by local bridge funds.

Peterson Road is approximately 0.05 miles east of County Road 25-A, spanning over the Great Miami River. The project includes the replacement of an existing four span prestressed box beam bridge built in 1970. The project will include as much as 1,000 feet of approach roadway reconstruction. The existing structure has an overall length of 252 feet.

The total project cost is estimated at $5.7 million, of which 80 percent will be federally funded. The design for the project is expected to be completed by fall 2023, with construction beginning in March 2024.

The commissioners also authorized a grant submission on behalf of the Miami County Emergency Management Agency (EMA). The commissioners authorized the submission of the COVID-19 supplemental grant request that goes along with Miami County EMA’s annual Emergency Management Performance Grant to the state of Ohio. The grant request is for $20,287.63 with a local match of the same amount. The grant period is from Jan. 20, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021.

Later, the commissioners authorized the services of Special Waste Systems, Inc. of Tipp City and signed a contract with that company for the pickup and proper disposal of sharps needles. The cost is not to exceed $25.00 per 15-gallon container or $35 per 30-gallon container, total annual cost not to exceed $1,000 for the time period of June 14, 2020 to June 13, 2023.

The pickup and disposal locations will be at:

• The Miami County Health Department, 510 Water St., Suite 130, Troy

• The Miami County Sanitary Engineering, 2200 North County Road 25-A, Troy

• The Piqua Police Department, 201 West Main St., Piqua

• The Tipp City Police Department, 260 S. Garber St., Tipp City

The commissioners also accepted a grant of $10,000 from the Troy Foundation that will be used for the Courthouse Plaza Dedication event to be held this fall. Commissioner Ted Mercer said the Robinson Fund also donated $10,000 to go toward this event, noting there are two other sponsors of $10,000 that are currently pending.

As for when the event will take place, Mercer said, “It’s kind of up in the air.”

“We don’t know if we’ll have it or not, but we’re planning for it,” Mercer said. He said the committee for that event will also be meeting with Miami County Public Health to go over their plans for the event.

Following that, the commissioners signed a lease agreement with Quadient, Inc. (Neopost)/Mailfinance, Inc. for the lease of four postage machines that will be placed in the Miami County Courthouse and Miami County Safety Building. The cost shall not exceed $1,922.00 monthly.

The commissioners then held a public hearing on the 2021 tax budget. Commissioner Jack Evans noted how they instructed county departments to cut up to 10 percent from their budgets in anticipation of lost tax revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic, and he said he was pleased with what departments were able to do.

Miami County Auditor Matt Gearhardt said the anticipated carryover for the county’s general fund from 2020 to 2021 is currently $20.9 million. The carryover balance in the general fund from 2019 to 2020 was approximately $22.1 million, of which approximately $1 million was used to complete the courthouse plaze improvements.

“We’re weathering things very well in my opinion,” Gearhardt said.

The commissioners noted they will conduct budget hearings in the fall for the 2021 budget.

The commissioners ended their meeting Tuesday by going into executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel.