Piqua Power System – One of the Best in the Nation

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Without a question, the Piqua Power System is one of the top public power systems in the nation.  Piqua Power consistently ranks year after year as one of the top performing and reliable systems as a member of the American Municipal Power (AMP) and American Public Power Association (APPA).

Here are some of the more recent major accomplishments and recognitions:

  • 2015 APPA E. F. Scattergood System Achievement Award
  • 2014 APPA Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) – Diamond Level award
  • 2014 APPA Safety Award of Excellence
  • 2014 AMP Lineworkers Rodeo – Journeyman Category
    • Hurtman Rescue – 1st Place Dan Cline, Piqua
    • Single-Phase Pole Transfer – 1st Place Dan Cline, Piqua
    • Two-Phase Horizonal Cutout Change Out – 1st Place Dan Cline, Piqua
    • 12kV Arrestor Change Out – 1st Place Dan Cline, Piqua
    • Alley Arm Insulator Change Out – 1st Place Dan Cline, Piqua
  • 2013 APPA Robert E. Roundtree Rising Star Award – Ed Krieger, Piqua Power Director
  • 2013 APPA Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) – Diamond Level Award
  • 2013 APPA 13th Annual Public Power Rodeo – Overall Apprentice Category
    • 2nd Place – Nate Hutchinson, Piqua
    • 5th Place – Jerry Perkins, Piqua

As you can see, the Piqua Power System consistently ranks as tops among the public power systems from across the nation.  But because of great leadership, dedication of employees, and professionalism of the department, Piqua Power is one of the best in the nation.

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Cycling Summit, Cyclovia, and i Love Piqua Community Workshop are Great Success

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The recent events held in the City of Piqua were tremendously successful.  On Friday, May 29th the Miami Valley Cycling Summit was held at the Fort Piqua Plaza.  The Active Piqua Committee served as the event host and organizer.  Their hard work, organization, and volunteers resulted in the largest attendance ever for a Cycling Summit in the Miami Valley with almost 100 attending the Thursday night VIP Social and over 400 at Friday’s event.

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On Tuesday, June 2nd, the first ever i Love Piqua Community Workshop was held at the Fort Piqua Plaza.  Peter Kageyama presented two sessions of his For the Love of Cities Workshop.  The morning session was designed for the Piqua Community which had over 120 members of the community registered.  Thanks to community and business sponsors the workshop was free for those that attended.  The afternoon session was sponsored by the Ohio City/County Management Association and almost 100 City Managers, Elected Officials, and City Leaders from the Ohio and Indiana participated.

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The Cyclovia was held on Saturday, May 30th to correspond with the Cycling Summit and encourage visitors to stay over for the event.  The event featured human powered activities on the streets of Piqua to promote active and healthy lifestyles.

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Many thanks to the Citizens for a Better Piqua for helping organize the event, but a Very Special Thank You to City Planner Chris Schmiesing who was the mastermind and champion behind all three events.

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Events in Piqua this Weekend

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Over 340 participants have registered to attend the Miami Valley Cycling Summit scheduled at the Fort Piqua Plaza on Friday, May 29th from 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM.  The cost is free and registration begins at 7:30 AM.  You can register online at http://www.CyclingSummit.com.

Program sessions focusing on the community benefits of cycling take place during the day along with the Keynote Speaker Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto sharing information on how Pittsburgh transformed into a pro walk, pro bike, livable city.

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On Saturday, May 30th, from Noon until 5:00 PM, Downtown Piqua streets will be transformed into a Place of Play with activities and demonstrations of human powered events.  Activities include Elliptigo Test Rides, Canoeing, BMX Tricks, Human Foosball, Hiking Excursions, Kids Obstacle Course, Street Performers, Chalk the Walk, and much more.  Attendees are encouraged to ride their bikes or other human powered venues to the event.

Come out and learn, experience new things, and have fun doing it.

 

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4th of July 2016

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For many years, the 4th of July Association sponsored and conducted an Independence Day Celebration at Fountain Park.  The association consisted of volunteers that spent countless hours providing this special event and day for the community.  Unfortunately, the association membership informed us earlier this year that this would be the last year they would conduct the event.  The 4th of July Association should be commended for the service that has been provided to the Piqua community.

I think that the 4th of July holiday is one of the most important of our American holidays because of its purpose of celebrating the freedoms that we enjoy in this country.  I also believe that it is important that we continue to celebrate the 4th of July in our community, and therefore, the City of Piqua will ensure continuation of the event beginning in 2016.

Obviously, there will be changes to the event to encourage citizen and visitor participation and enhance economic benefits to our city businesses.  One of the changes will be to bring the event to the downtown and riverfront areas where it provides convenient parking, dining, shopping, and visibility.  Detailed plans for the event will be developed over the next few months as we build partnerships to put on a great event.  One thing for sure is that we will have a fantastic fireworks display over the Great Miami River.

During the first half of my now 40 plus years working in local government, I was in the Parks and Recreation profession and involved in the organization and administration of many outstanding July 4th community celebrations.  I look forward to being part of a new celebration and event in Piqua.

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Piqua Community Clean-Up Day Builds Pride

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Each year, we set aside a day to encourage residents to spend time helping clean-up the community.  The Annual Piqua Community Clean-Up Day is scheduled this year for Saturday, May 9th.  This is a dedicated time that we all can pitch in and get rid of trash and debris that has accumulated over the winter months.

Why is this important?

Having a clean and aesthetically pleasing community helps in many ways.  Businesses or retail stores scouting our city for relocation purposes want to know how the community maintains the infrastructure and surroundings.  Individuals and families looking for a new place to reside pay great attention to the condition and appearance of the city.  Likewise, attracting visitors to the community very much depends on our aesthetic appeal.  Along this line and beginning in May, numerous special events are scheduled for the purposes of providing entertainment to residents and attracting visitors.  Our businesses, stores, and restaurants benefit immensely from the additional tourism.

Some of the key events that are scheduled in Piqua this spring include Taste of the Arts, Historic Walking Tours, Miami Valley Cycling Summit, Active Piqua Cyclovia, Farmer’s Market, Downtown Sidewalk Sale, For the Love of Cities Community Workshop, and Rock Piqua Riverfront Concert Series.  Having our downtown and community looking good for these events, promotes the image and reputation that is tremendously important to the city’s economic vitality.

We know, and research supports, cities that are well maintained build significant community pride.  And as a result, community pride induces citizens to work together, friendliness toward neighbors, optimism about the future, strengthening of community values, revitalization efforts, and enhances citizen involvement and engagement.  All are critically important community attributes for success.

The City of Piqua will be doing its part in participating in the clean-up and beautification efforts this spring.  New public parking lot signs are being installed in the downtown, landscaped areas are being improved with colorful plantings, public parks and areas are being mowed more often, and streets and parking lots will soon be improved.  The city is also working closely with MainStreet Piqua to install and maintain the flowers in the downtown planters.

The Clean-Up Day is being coordinated this year by the Piqua Health & Sanitation Department.  The clean-up activities are planned for the hours of 9:00am until noon.  Individuals, civic groups, community organizations, schools, businesses, and families are all encouraged to participate.  The department can provide locations that need cleaning or you can decide the location or locations you or your group would like to target.  The Sanitation Division will be picking up all materials collected throughout the day.  In order to register and identify your clean-up site, contact the Health & Sanitation Department at 778-2060.

If you do not desire or are unable to participate, you can still play a vital role by focusing on your own individual property.  Simply mowing the grass or removing debris does wonders to help the appearance of neighborhoods throughout the city.

I hope that you will join in and be a participant in the Piqua Community Clean-Up Day.  We need everyone’s help and support.

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Citizen Involvement is Important and Needed

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Over the past three years, we’ve created a number of programs to encourage citizen involvement throughout the city.  The over-arching identification for this initiative is Citizennet.  Citizennet attempts to connect the Community, Government, and Business for a unified effort toward the good of the City of Piqua.

The purpose of these programs is to make improvements to the community and assist fellow citizens.  This may entail anything from cleaning up a trashed area to helping a neighbor with a maintenance issue that they are unable to complete.

As a reminder, here are a number of programs that you can become involved:

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By adopting a park, you can help maintain it by keeping trash picked up or weeding landscaped beds.  This can also include adopting a downtown landscaped area, street, or trail section.

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There are times when residents are physically impaired and cannot perform certain maintenance tasks at their homes and need assistance such as shoveling a sidewalk or removing a tree branch.  INVOLVE matches volunteers with those needing help to provide assistance.

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It is important to have visibility in our parks and trails to discourage vandalism and graffiti while providing assistance and information to parks users and visitors.  The Volunteer Park Rangers assist in multiple of facets to provide a fun and positive experience for users.

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One of the important contributions that citizens can make in the community is to help keep it clean and free of trash and debris.  The annual event encourages participation by civic organizations, neighborhoods, churches, families, and individuals to assist with public and private properties.  Individual home owners are also encouraged to clean their properties.

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The Housing Enhancement League of Piqua (HELP) is designed to coordinate the many organizations dedicated to improving housing and properties in Piqua.  Organizations that perform some housing improvement function or those that perform special projects are encouraged to be involved.

 

If you are interested in participating in any of these programs or to find out more, you can call the City Manager’s Office at 778-2051.  The more citizen engagement and involvement in our community; the more successful we are in creating a “Quality Place.”

 

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Piqua Fire Department Launches CO Detector Program

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The following is a Press Release from the City of Piqua:

 

 

 

In an effort to acknowledge Piqua residents who supported the safety services levy in last November’s election, the Piqua Fire Department is launching a CO Detector program to provide qualifying families with a free combination smoke/carbon monoxide detector and heighten their awareness about the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning and proper maintenance.

The ambitious undertaking follows in the aftermath of last month’s carbon monoxide incident in Troy which tragically took the lives of three teen-agers and sent an eight year-old boy to Children’s Hospital where he’s since been subsequently released.

The Piqua Fire Department reportedly “received an influx of calls from Piqua residents requesting that a CO Detector Program be initiated “ and organizers note “It is crucial that the CO Detector Program be implemented as soon as possible while this unfortunate tragedy is fresh in the minds of the community.”

The City of Piqua Fire Department in coordination with Citizens for a Better Piqua, The Salvation Army of Piqua and the Piqua Juvenile Education Fund Inc. is currently seeking $10,000 in funding to purchase 400 smoke/CO detectors. Detectors will be distributed to homeowners and tenants who qualify. It is noted this will not be a “mass distribution program” but rather an “educational program stressing the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.”  Detectors will be distributed and installed by the Piqua Fire Department firefighters for those Piqua residents with a fuel appliance and/or attached garage.  In addition, the CO Detector Program will install one detector per qualifying household without an existing CO detector.

Efforts are being made to obtain donations to defray the cost of the CO detectors being purchased. To date, the department has received a generous $500 donation from Peggy Henthorn and the Miami Valley Centre Mall and the Piqua Neighborhood Association to kick off the project.

“Last Fall, our (fire) members went door to door to ask citizens to support a Safety Levy allowing the Fire Department to maintain six federally funded firefighter/paramedics,” notes Fire Chief Mike Rindler. “This life-saving CO Detector Program will afford our members an opportunity to give back to the citizenry by personally installing CO detectors to citizens without one who have a fuel appliance or attached garage.” A fuel appliance qualifier is a natural gas or propane powered appliance such as a range, water heater, or heater.

The Piqua Juvenile Education Fund Inc, a charitable non-for-profit organization, will be administering the donations received and purchase of detectors. Donations can be forwarded to PJEF at 100 N. Wayne St., Piqua, Ohio 45356. Organizers will continue to explore other avenues as well to secure needed funding.

Families interested in signing up for the CO/smoke detectors should contact The Salvation Army at (937) 773-7563.

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