The public works department is responsible for the City’s infrastructure which includes 46.2 centerline miles of roadways, management of the City’s traffic signal system, park maintenance and improvements for the seven parks and many green spaces, Hopewell Cemetery and the 11 City facilities and landmarks. The public works department is also responsible for completing various capital improvement projects and the City’s beautification efforts. The department includes a director, assistant director, code and compliance inspector, public works supervisor, ten full-time service workers and six seasonal staff.
Resurfacing Work in 2013
The Annual Street Resurfacing Project included work on 18 roadways and was completed by Mount Pleasant Blacktopping Co., Inc. The project resulted in the resurfacing of 2.27 centerline miles of roadway. The project also included 3,596 linear feet of curb removal and replacement, the repair and rebuilding of 50 catch basins and the adjustment of 20 manholes. The total cost of the project was approximately $621,000 and was funded through the City’s Capital Improvement Program.
Roadway Repaving Project
The Bituminous Black Mat (Microsurfacing) Project was completed as public works staff coordinated repairs and microsurfacing to approximately 0.8 centerline miles of roadway on Deerfield Road from Montgomery Road to Hartford Hills Lane. The asphalt surfacing material is used primarily on our Class II roadways within Montgomery and provides five to seven years of asphalt preventative maintenance. The total cost of the project was approximately $81,000 and was funded through the City’s Capital Improvement Program. The public works staff partnered with Amberley Village to create a joint bid project. Savings for both communities was approximately five percent of total project costs.
Vintage Club Project
The public works department began oversight of construction associated with the Vintage Club Development which includes public funding for a two-story underground parking garage complete with a plaza deck level. Public funding is also being used for the construction and completion of Vintage Club Boulevard, entryway enhancements, landscaping, and lighting and modifications to create a round-about adjacent to the Three Chimneys Clubhouse. Staff will continue oversight of this project, in conjunction with Construction Process Solutions, LTD through project completion which is anticipated for early 2015.
Installation of new stone wall at Hopewell Cemetery
A new dry-stack retaining wall was installed at Hopewell Cemetery utilizing native Ohio rock capped with Shenandoah rock providing an aesthetically appealing look that is also more relevant to the era of the cemetery. The new retaining wall replaced a timber wood structure that was deteriorating and beginning to fail. An expert rock mason from France was on site to assist with the installation of the new structure. The total cost of the project was approximately $14,000.
Sidewalk Repair Program
Inspection and repair of all public sidewalks from Kennedy Lane to Mitchellfarm Lane was completed in 2013. This marked the thirteenth year of the City of Montgomery Inspection and Repair Program, which covers one quadrant of the City each year. The 2013 City-funded repair program included 1,783 square feet of concrete sidewalk removal and replacement and 850 square feet of concrete paver sidewalk repairs. Additionally, 18 crosswalk ramps were upgraded in the project “focus” area now meeting the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The entire cost of the repairs and capital upgrades was funded through the City’s Capital Improvement Program in accordance with legislation adopted by Montgomery City Council in 2000.
Drainage Improvements in Public Right-of-way
Fuel conservation efforts continued to reduce the department's overall fuel consumption by eliminating unnecessary idling, assuring tires on vehicles are properly inflated, removing excess items from vehicles that add weight, planning daily work tasks to eliminate unnecessary travel and other best practices.
Projects totaling approximately $65,000 to improve localized drainage and erosion problems were completed in public easements or right-of-ways at the following locations:
- 8630 Zig Zag Road
- 8801 & 8805 Weller Road
- 10399 Stone Court
- Weller Road east of Bridgewater Lane
- 8924 East Kemper Road
- 9844 Zig Zag Road
Public works staff completed the semi-annual brush pick-up program resulting in 411 staff hours, 669 pick-up locations and the accumulation of 245 cubic yards of brush.
Tree City USA
The City of Montgomery received Tree City USA status for the eighteenth consecutive year as well as receiving the Tree City USA Growth Award for the fifthteenth time. The efforts that garnered these awards included the work of committed volunteers who provided labor focused on the planting and care of publicly maintained trees. The collaborative work of City staff and Beautification and Tree Commission members demonstrated a true partnership that recognizes Montgomery as a community that has developed an urban forestry program which is among the best in Ohio and the United States.
Several City park asphalt maintenance projects were completed in 2013 including:
- Asphalt sealcoating and striping of Swaim Park parking lot and basketball court;
- Asphalt sealcoating and striping of Pioneer Park parking lot;
- Asphalt sealcoating and striping of Weller Park parking lot and basketball court; and
- Asphalt repairs to pathways in Weller Park and Pioneer Park.
Montgomery and Pfeiffer Planned Improvements
In 2013, staff continued plans for an improvement project at the Montgomery Road and Pfeiffer Road intersection that is targeted for construction in 2014. The project will be primarily funded by a grant secured from OKI.