2015 Annual Report
The public works department is responsible for the maintenance of buildings and grounds including four landmark buildings, 47.5 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 in 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 department is led by the public works director with assistance from the assistant public works director, public works department supervisor, recreation coordinator, recreation specialist, zoning and code compliance officer and nine service worker II and one service worker I.
The public works staff coordinated the completion of major infrastructure repairs and rehabilitation of approximately 2.05 centerline miles of roadway resurfacing all or portions of seven streets including Forestglen Drive, Woodfern Way, Glenash Court, Stonehenge Drive, Delray Drive, Castleford Lane, and Belleford Court.
In 2015, 26 of the 704 fire hydrants were replaced within the City. This work was done in conjunction with the street resurfacing program and was the second year of a multi-year comprehensive plan to address the aging fire hydrants in the community.
The Safety Center parking lot was expanded with the construction of an additional 19 parking spots along the southern portion of the parking lot.
Coordinated repairs and Bituminous Black Mat Microsurfacing was performed by the public works staff to approximately 0.87 centerline miles of roadway on Zig Zag Road from Cooper Road to Monte Drive (north). 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 public works department continued work in 2015 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 2015, approximately 680 feet of guardrail replacement was completed on East Kemper Road between Terwilliger’s Run Drive and Hightower Court.
In 2015, 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.
Pfeiffer Road at Montgomery Road Improvement Project
In 2015, the Ohio Department of Transportation awarded the Pfeiffer Road at Montgomery Road Improvement Project to Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. The cost to complete the project was approximately $690,000 and was primarily funded by grant dollars secured from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments.
The project area included approximately 600 feet of roadway on both Pfeiffer Road and Montgomery Road. The project included the construction of an additional eastbound left turn lane on Pfeiffer Road at Montgomery Road and also an exclusive northbound right turn lane on Montgomery Road into the Bethesda North Hospital main entrance. In addition to the turn lane, a concrete sidewalk was added on the east side of Montgomery Road from Radabaugh Drive to the Bethesda North Hospital main entrance. Updated curb ramps and accessible (audible) pedestrian signals, compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, were also installed at the intersections of Montgomery Road at Pfeiffer Road and Montgomery Road at Bethesda North Hospital. Asphalt resurfacing and pavement markings capped off this important capital improvement project.
Recreation and Events
The Recreation Annex building received a complete makeover in 2015. Numerous projects were completed including a new ceiling with new lighting that was repurposed from the former Ford dealership site, new exercise specific flooring, a new sound system, new exercise equipment and a freshly painted interior. This renovation provides a pleasing environment that motivates the community to engage in healthy activities such as group exercise classes. Fitness classes such as Tai Chi, Pilates and 20-20-20 were offered on an ongoing basis throughout the year and new yoga classes were offered starting in the fall of 2015.
There was record attendance at the Montgomery Community Pool in 2015 with much of the success being attributed to the addition of the pool heater in 2014. Attendance skyrocketed in 2014 and it continued to increase in 2015 with 20,576 visits. In the past five years, memberships averaged 590; in 2015, there were 652 memberships sold. Water Polo was introduced this year with two four-week sessions offered and taught by the physical education teacher from Montgomery Elementary. The luau parties, dive in movies and fun Tuesday programs continue to be favorites for pool members. Members have been requesting more substantial food items offered at the pool concession and a greaseless fryer was added in 2015.
Americana-themed special events help make Montgomery unique and provide memorable experiences. These events include the annual Independence Day activities with the July 3 Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra concert and the traditional July 4 Parade and Festival. Other events include Bastille Day, Touch-a-Truck, Dog Fest & K-9 Kerplunk, Montgomery Car Show, Harvest Moon and the tree lighting and Holiday in the Village event.
The City’s 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.