WHEREAS, the Diversity Committee at Edison Community College is committed to advancing the College’s academic mission and goals in the areas of diversity, equality, inclusion and human rights by leading efforts to define, assess and cultivate diversity as both an institutional value and academic priority; and

WHEREAS, this event raises the fact that the battle for equality still lives on, let us take this month of February to recognize and raise awareness of Black History Month.  Let us honor those who went to great lengths to fight for the rights and equality that many enjoy today; not on the margins, but at the very center of American history; and

WHEREAS, our lives are very much different today; the City of Piqua, Edison Community College, and this world, is a much better place because of some of the individuals who have crossed this earth; and

WHEREAS, we are united as we all stand together and support each other as we include, accept and embrace the different cultures in this community; and

WHEREAS, Mrs. Liz Stafford, a retired teacher in the City of Piqua, one of the founders of New Life Baptist Church in Troy, Ohio; founder of a youth program called N.U.B.I.A. (New Union of Blacks Improving America) and started a clothing business, which she used to help students with self-esteem issues.

WHEREAS, Mrs. Stafford has a wonderful philosophy which is summed up in one phrase… “If I can help one somebody, my life would not have been in vain.”

NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE KNOWN THAT I, Kathryn B. Hinds, Mayor of the City of Piqua, do hereby proclaim February 2016 as

BLACK HISTORY MONTH in the City of Piqua.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio, this 29th day of February 2016.


Let’s Get Healthy PIQUA!


And the children will lead us…!  

The Piqua Central Intermediate 6th grade Run Club began training today!  Under the leadership of 6th grade teacher Crystal Ayers and other faculty and volunteers, all the 6th graders at Piqua Central were invited to be a part of this club.  The neat thing is that over 80 kids responded with a BIG YES to join the club.  

If you were driving near the school this afternoon, you may have seen them running and walking through the neighborhood!  They will be training after school on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday over the next months for the a 5K, which will be held on May 1st at Piqua High School.  The 5K will support the Piqua High School Cross Country Team!

Thanks to local businesses and individuals who have come together to support these kiddos with generous donations each child will have an official Run Club t-shirt and their registration will be covered for the 5K.

What do say the rest of us join these kiddos and work on getting ourselves moving and more healthy!  There is NO time like the present to do so!



Eye on the City – February 2016

Many years ago I was in a musical called the “Cotton Patch Gospel.”  “The Cotton Patch Gospel” humorously brings the Gospels of Matthew and John to the stage fully complete with a Southern flair.  It takes the story of Jesus and places it smack dab into a contemporary setting, which is the Southern United States.  Harry Chapin (Cat’s in the Cradle) composed the music, and the show opens with a toe tapping number that states “somethings brewing in Gainesville.”  Well, I am here to tell you that “somethings brewing in Piqua” and truthfully there is QUITE a lot that is brewing in our fine city

There are new businesses opening up here in Piqua, and I attended 2 ribbon cuttings this past week.  In both places I heard the owners state that they could have gone to many other places, but they decided to open up here in Piqua because they liked what they saw in our city and felt this was the best place for them to be successful!  How wonderful it is to hear this kind of praise about how others see our fine city!

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There also have been many meetings between Edison Community College, Piqua City Schools, Upper Valley Career Center, the City of Piqua, POWW (Protecting  Our Water-Ways), the Rivers Institute at the University of Dayton, and other interested individuals to discuss and come up with a plan that will help us strengthen our community through leveraging our river corridor.  UD has a Rivers Institute that brings key partners in the Greater Dayton community together to promote, preserve and protect their watershed. In the Rivers Institute students, faculty and staff work with community members, stakeholders, and local organizations to build community around our rivers. They focus on promoting learning and undergraduate research. Their multifaceted projects bring both the University and the Dayton community to the river.  The Rivers Institute has benefitted the Dayton community tremendously, and in Dayton, they have seen students, who have been part of the Rivers Institute, enter into their local workforce after graduation!  They are staying there because they want to be near the river they have come to love and enjoy.  I have been an active member at these meetings, and I will tell you that it is exciting to see and hear about what could be in our future too, as we too make plans to do something very similar here in Piqua. The belief is that through our Rivers Stewards program, we too will keep our young people here because they will come to love and enjoy the urban water we have here in Piqua and so they will want to make a life here after graduation as well!

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I also held a meeting this past week with key community leaders to discuss a Piqua community calendar.  The good news is that we have a lot happening here in our city, but I have heard from folks that we need a “one place” to go to see it on a calendar to know what is happening and when.  Through the Piqua Arts Council, Main Street Piqua, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Piqua we are looking at a way to do this and hopefully will have something up soon so citizens can access it and see ALL that is happening here in our City.  Again, I say our local organizations are doing a great job, because there is a lot going on and that is a very good thing! 

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Finally, I want to remind you of our HELP (Housing Enhancement League of Piqua) program.   As citizens of Piqua, we all try to do the best that we can to keep up with the maintenance of our homes and property.  There are times, though, that for a variety of reasons, many of them being financial, that we are unable to stay on top of the maintenance that is needed with our homes and property. In times like these HELP could be just a phone call away.  The HELP program is working to coordinate residents, businesses, civic and fraternal groups, churches, schools, neighborhood associations and other interested individuals that are interested in volunteering to help a neighbor in need.  By offering to HELP with small projects such as snow removal, leaf raking, and minor home repairs those who are working together with the neighbor who is in need, can be about making Piqua the best that it can be!  It is expected that the homeowner will work side by side with those who come to work on the needs that have been identified.  Of course, the physical abilities of the homeowner will be taken into consideration, but HELP feels that it is important that the home owner, who is receiving the HELP, be part of the solution.  If you or someone you know are in need of some HELP or you want to volunteer to HELP, please contact: Resource Coordinator – Nikki Reese, Piqua Development Program Manager (937) 778-2062

We do have a Quality Life here in Piqua, and I am honored to serve as your Mayor! 

Resolution of Thanks for Officer Kris Lee




WHEREAS, Kris E. Lee has retired as Police Officer with the Police Department; and

WHEREAS, his retirement follows over 22 years of faithful and dedicated service to the City and its citizens;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Commission of the City of Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, all members elected thereto concurring, that:

SEC. 1: In recognition and appreciation of the public service of Kris E. Lee as Police Officer with the Police Department, this Commission tenders its unanimous and respectful tribute by this Resolution, which shall be a matter of public and permanent record.

SEC. 2:This Resolution shall take effect and be in force from and after the earliest period allowed by law.


Proclamation Recognizing Dr. Nancy Luce



WHEREAS, The City of Piqua is pleased to recognize Dr. Nancy Luce of the Upper Valley Career Center for receiving the (ACTE) Association for Career and Technical Education Excellence Award; and 

WHEREAS, since 1954, ACTE has recognized those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in the Career and Technical Education field; and

WHEREAS, Nancy received this award because of her values, quality leadership and innovative spirit; and

WHEREAS, during Nancy’s years at Upper Valley Career Center, she has worked closely with the program advisory committees, economic  development partners and our local colleges to ensure opportunities are made available to the Upper Valley Career Center students; and

WHEREAS, the City would like to thank Dr. Luce for her dedication to her Staff, the Students and to the City of Piqua; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I Kathryn B. (Kazy) Hinds, Mayor of the City of Piqua, Ohio, do hereby designate this proclamation as an instrument of public recognition of Dr. Nancy Luce for her commitment to the City of Piqua.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio, this 9th day of February 2016.