2014 Annual Report
The public works department is responsible for the maintenance of buildings and grounds including four landmark buildings, 47 centerline miles of public streets, the storm sewer system in the public rights-of-way, City parks, City pool, special events, all recreational events, fleet maintenance and operation of the Hopewell Cemetery. The department oversees the City’s beautification efforts throughout the community, including Montgomery’s Heritage District. Department staff inspects and administers construction and maintenance of the City’s infrastructure through publicly bid contracts as well as through project coordination with other public agencies and utilities.
The public works department strives to provide high-quality, cost-effective, timely and sustainable services focused on maintaining safe and reliable infrastructure. The public works department focuses on improving public safety by providing for safe and orderly movement of people and products throughout the community while simultaneously seeking opportunities to protect the environment and improve the quality of life for present and future residents and businesses.
The year 2014 was one of transition for the public works department. When the City’s five-year strategic plan was created in 2011, a goal was developed to study the organizational structure and workforce to ensure it remains a national leader in the delivery of services and meets the essential needs of the community in an efficient and financially-sustainable manner. Management of the community pool, recreation programming and special event activities, which were previously under the community engagement department, were merged with the public works department to realize work process and management efficiencies.
The public works staff coordinated the completion of major infrastructure repairs and rehabilitation of approximately 2.34 centerline miles of roadway resurfacing all or portions of ten streets including Croton Drive, Traverse Court, Trabant Drive, Mellon Drive, Higgins Court, Pfeiffer Road, Peachtree Lane, Londonridge Court, Grandoaks Lane and Bookmark Place.
Staff also coordinated the replacement of 23 of the 704 total fire hydrants within the City. This work was done in conjunction with the Street Resurfacing Program and was the first year of a multi-year comprehensive plan to address the aging fire hydrants in the community.
The 2014 Bituminous Black Mat (Microsurfacing) Project was completed as public works staff coordinated repairs and microsurfacing to approximately 0.340 centerline miles of roadway on Montgomery Road from Bethesda North Hospital to Sycamore Creek. The asphalt surfacing material is used primarily on Class II roadways within Montgomery and provides five to seven years of asphalt preventative maintenance.
The public works department continued 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 was also used for the construction and completion of Vintage Club Boulevard, entryway enhancements, landscaping, lighting, and modifications to create a roundabout adjacent to the Three Chimneys Clubhouse. Staff will continue oversight of this project, in conjunction with Construction Process Solutions, Ltd through completion anticipated for early 2015.
The public works department began work in 2014 on a five year plan to repair and replace identified sections of guardrail to assure compliance with safety standards set forth by the Ohio Department of Transportation. In 2014, approximately 700 feet of guardrail replacement was completed on East Kemper Road between Terwilligers Run Drive and Hightower Court.
The City was again recognized with a Tree City USA Award for the 19th year and also a Tree City USA Growth Award for the 16th year for an ongoing commitment and action focused on environmental stewardship through care of public trees in the City’s urban forest. This continues recognition received in 2009 when Montgomery was recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a “Sterling” Tree City USA which at the time recognized Montgomery as just the sixth community in Ohio to earn this prestigious honor.
Summer mini-camps help keep kids active in the summer. Seven weeks of camps were planned and implemented which included Theater Camp, Mobile Application Development Technology Camp, Tennis for Pee Wees and Juniors and Madscience Madness Camp to name a few. School’s Out Days, including the annual Paintball trip in October, are always a hit. Fitness classes such as Tai Chi, Pilates and 20-20-20 classes are offered on an ongoing basis throughout the year.
It was a record-setting year for the Montgomery Community Pool with much of the success being attributed to the addition of the pool heater. In the past five years, memberships averaged 519, while in 2014, there were 666 memberships sold. This represents a 13% increase in pool memberships as compared to 2013. Daily attendance skyrocketed with a whopping 19,763 pool patrons who visited the pool in 2014 which is an increase of 89% as compared to 2013. Ten items are measured on the annual pool member survey and a score of 90% or higher was achieved on nine out of ten areas. Pool management and pool front desk staff received a 100% on the survey with members saying they “meet” or “exceed” expectations. The number of kids in swim lessons rose 16% with 312 kids learning to swim as compared to 268 in 2013. The Makos Swim Team reached a maximum number of kids on the team with 141 kids competing in this summer league. The Luau parties, Dive-in Movies and Fun Tuesdays continue to be favorites for pool members.
Americana hometown special events help make Montgomery unique and help to make Montgomery a great place to live, work and play. These events include: the annual Independence Day activities with the July 3 Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra concert, the traditional July 4th Parade and Festival, Touch A Truck, Dog Fest & K-9 Kerplunk, Car Show, Harvest Moon and the Tree Lighting and Holiday in the Village event. Local sponsors continue to add to the revenues generated for events including the July 3 Patriotic Concert, Dog Fest and the Car Show.
The Arts and Amenities budget supports the work of the Arts Commission and the Sister Cities Commission. Both of these commissions are active in supporting several recreational events including the annual Photo Contest, Live at the Uni concert series, International Reception, Bastille Day and the July 3 Concert.