PROCLAMATION – Main Optical 55 Years in Business!

WHEREAS, today, June 25, 2016 we are celebrating the 55th year for Main Optical of Piqua, Ohio being in business in beautiful downtown Piqua; and

WHEREAS, throughout the years, Main Optical has been one of the focal points in our downtown area and they attract customers from the entire region; and

WHEREAS, Main Optical has always provided the best in customer service to its clients which directly corresponds with their 55 years of being in business; and

WHEREAS, Main Optical offers professional eye exams, has state of the art equipment technology, offers in-house labs where glasses can be made and delivered in one day; and

WHEREAS, these accomplishments and contributions reflect positively on Main Optical and the City of Piqua,

NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE KNOWN THAT I, Kathryn B. Hinds, Mayor of the City of Piqua, do hereby proclaim today, Saturday, June 25, 2016 as

MAIN OPTICAL DAY

in the City of Piqua, and urge all citizens to congratulate such a fine company for being located in our great city and wish them much continued success.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio, this 25th day of June 2016.

KATHRYN B. HINDS, MAYOR

P R O C L A M A T I O N – Duane Bachman

WHEREAS, in 1975, Piqua City Schools announced the arrival and hire of  Superintendent Duane Bachman; and

WHEREAS, following his graduation from Minister High School in 1954, Duane continued his education at Ohio Northern University, receiving his Bachelor of Science-Elementary Education degree, followed with a Master of Education degree from Bowling Green State University; and

WHEREAS, Duane has been married to his wonderful wife, Mary Jane Bachman for 55 years and together they raised 8 children; Kathy, Kevin, Keith, Kayleen, Kendra, Kirk, Kyle and Kory and they have also been blessed with 18 grandchildren; and

WHEREAS, Duane’s passion for education has led him to receive countless awards such as: the National High School Sports Publication Award, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce Achievement Award, Southwest District Athletic Board Award, OHSAA Media Service Awards, NSPRA/Ohio Crystal Award-Finalist and Award of Merit-Annual Report; Honorable Mention-Proud of Piqua’s Youth and these are just to name a few of the long list of awards and accomplishments; and 

WHEREAS, Duane’s support of higher education is evidenced by his many contributions to organizations and various affiliations such as Chairman of Community Affairs and Safety Council with the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce; President of the Board for American Cancer Society, Board of Trustee for Piqua Arts Council, Emcee for the Gala Event for Miami County Hospice, Board of Directors for Miami County YMCA, President of Piqua Optimist Club, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Dayton Area Superintendent’s Association and the ever so famous voice for Miami County-WPTW Radio Voice and Director of Sports and Color commentator; and again, these are just a few of the long list of contributions to our community; and

WHEREAS, today we gather to celebrate the fact that Duane Bachman.will have graced those around him with 80 years of life, spirit, and joy on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

LET IT BE KNOWN THAT I, as Mayor of the City of Piqua, do by the power granted me through my election to this office, declare Wednesday, June 29, 2016 as:

DUANE BACHMAN DAY

in the City of Piqua and request all friends and citizens to respect and honor this remarkable man.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio, this 7th day of June 2016.

            KATHRYN B. HINDS, MAYOR

Eye on the City – May 2016

In my campaign one of the things I talked about was my desire to get out into the community with the eyes and the ears of our citizens as my focus.  With this in mind, I began “Walks with the Mayor” last month.  My plan is that during the warmer months of the year, to hold a “Walk with the Mayor” in the different Wards of our city each month.  This will get ourselves out of our offices in the city building and going where the people are!  We are taking it to the streets you might say, as we walk and talk with citizens right where they live and call home within the City of Piqua!

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“Walk with the Mayor” in Shawnee.

My first “Walk with the Mayor” was held in Ward 1 and we focused on part of the Shawnee neighborhood.  Ward 1 Commissioner John Martin joined me and at my invitation Doug Harter, Public Works Director, Brian Brookhart, Assistant Public Works Director, & Devon Alexander, our Stormwater Coordinator joined us.  Other city folks that joined us were Commissioner Judy Terry along with Director of Information Technology Dean Burch and Nikki Reese, the Development Program Manager, who has been very involved with getting CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) monies to this part of our city.

Many local citizens from Shawnee and other parts of our city joined us as well, along with some that had businesses in Shawnee, even some children tagged along and gave us their perspectives on this part of our community.  It was a beautiful evening and it was wonderful to see the community pride as we walked and observed many who were out mowing, planting flowers, and enjoying the beautiful out of doors.  

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That evening we spoke about street issues…pot holes and other such problems.  Since then our Public Works department has been busy filling pot holes and doing other street repairs.  I heard from one Public Works employee that to date over 100 pot holes have been filled in Shawnee after our walk!  We also discovered a gas leak during our walk and Brian Brookhart quickly made a call and Vectren was there within minutes to address the issue.  

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We talked about the Stormwater issues in Shawnee and Devon Alexander addressed what is currently underway to help address those issues. Nikki Reese also shared that the CDBG monies we are applying for will be used in Shawnee to do the improvements needed to the Stormwater system.

On our walk, many citizens shared with us about property issues Shawnee…things such as vacant houses that are not maintained, high grass, vacant lots that are overgrown, and other issues where citizens are not taking care of their property as they should.  The Health Department is currently working the areas we cited on our walk. I also want our citizens to know that the city has hired a Code Compliance Coordinator who will start on June 6th.  He has over 10 years of hands-on experience in building & design and will help to monitor problems such as these and other similar issues in our city. 

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My next walk will be in Ward 2 on Monday, June 13th at 6:30 PM.  We will meet at the entrance of Candlewood off of South Street.  I have once again invited Doug Harter and Brian Brookhart from our Public Works Department o join me and also Fire Chief Brent Pohlschneider.  I hope you will join me as we take it to the streets once again here in our fine city!