2016 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 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 director with assistance from the assistant director, public works department supervisor, recreation coordinator, recreation specialist, zoning and construction 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 2.01 centerline miles of roadway, resurfacing all or portions of six streets including Barnsley Court, Cooper Lane, E. Kemper Road, Tanagerwoods Drive, Acrewood Drive and Escondido Drive. The City Hall parking lot was also resurfaced in 2016 as part of major infrastructure repairs.
In 2016, 27 of the 704 fire hydrants were replaced within the City. This work was done in conjunction with the street resurfacing program and was the third year of a multi-year comprehensive plan to address the aging fire hydrants in the community.
Coordinated repairs and Bituminous Black Mat (microsurfacing) was performed by the public works staff to approximately 0.75 centerline miles of roadway on Zig Zag Road from Monte Drive (north) to the west corporation limit. 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 work in 2016 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 2016, approximately 430 feet of guardrail replacement was completed on East Kemper Road between Terwilliger’s Run Drive and Hightower Court and approximately 220 feet on Remington Road east of Main Street.
In 2016, the City was again recognized with a Tree City USA Award for the 20th year and also a Tree City USA Growth Award for the 17th year for its ongoing commitment and action focused on environmental stewardship through care of public trees in the City’s urban forest.
HAM-VAR-Montgomery Signals Project
The 2016 HAM-VAR-Montgomery Signals Project was completed by Elex, Inc. The project consisted of upgrading the existing copper wire interconnection system to fiber optic cable and upgrades to traffic control equipment at all signalized intersections within the City of Montgomery. Traffic management cameras were installed at eight identified locations providing the ability to observe traffic patterns and operations remotely and make adjustments as needed. The traffic signal system at the intersection of Cooper Road and Delray Drive was reconstructed including decorative poles and mast arms, a UPS/generator, and a new school flasher system. In addition, the new traffic signal system now accommodates a left-turn signal for westbound traffic at the intersection.
The $764,000 project was primarily funded through a grant received from the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) with the City being responsible for 20 percent of the total construction costs.
Public Works Storm Water Project
In 2016, the public works department received a grant from the Hamilton County Storm Water District (HCWSD) in the amount of $69,184 for the installation of a rain harvest system and conversion of a detention basin to a retention pond at the public works facility. The rain harvest system included the installation of a 5,000 gallon water tank that captures rain water runoff from approximately 5,700 square feet of roof area and is used to make salt brine for winter operations during the winter months and to water the annual flowers and hanging baskets during the summer months. The rain harvest system also eliminates the current rain water runoff that would normally be routed to a detention basin near the front of the facility resulting in a positive impact to the drainage system as it moves downstream.
The conversion of the detention basin to a retention pond included excavation of approximately 2,400 cubic yards of earth material to convert the existing basin to a pond. The retention pond will reduce the amount of volume of stormwater release during rain events and reduce the amount and volume of stormwater runoff to the downstream tributary.
Securing Grant Funds
OKI approved and awarded funding for a Surface Transportation Program (STP) grant application submitted by the City for an Interchange Modification Project at Montgomery Road and Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway. The project includes construction of a modified two-lane roundabout, the installation of a traffic signal in and around the interchange, and would also include demolition of the existing bridge at this location. The project will have a safe and positive impact on traffic while opening up more land for redevelopment. The OKI grant of $6,000,000 represents approximately 70 percent of the total estimated construction cost of $8,600,000, and the project is currently programmed in the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) fiscal year 2020.
OKI approved and awarded funding for a Transportation Alternative (TA) grant application submitted by the City for the Phase II Montgomery Road Sidewalk project. The project includes construction of a concrete sidewalk on the east side of Montgomery Road from Radabaugh Drive to the southern limits of the Safety Center property at 10150 Montgomery Road. The OKI grant of $386,680 represents 80 percent of the total estimated construction cost of $483,350 and the project is currently programmed in the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) fiscal year 2021.
Recreation and Events
Due to the Recreation Annex building renovation that occurred in 2015 and the addition of new fitness equipment, the City’s fitness programming saw increased participation in 2016. Six new classes were added in 2016 to expand the variety of classes offered which included; step, meditation, beginner level yoga, mixed level yoga, kids yoga and chair yoga. Tai chi, Pilates and 20/20/20 continued on an ongoing basis throughout 2016. In 2016, the number of participants skyrocketed 270 percent. In 2016, there were 668 enrolled participants, which is 421 more participants as compared to 2015. The Annex Building renovation and the addition of new classes and equipment provided the community with an environment that motivates the community to engage in healthy activities.
Attendance continues to increase at the Montgomery Community Pool, with much of the success being attributed to the addition of the pool heater in 2014. In the past five years, attendance averaged 16,732; in 2016, there were 23,070 visits which is 2,497 more visits as compared to 2015. In the past five years, memberships averaged 627; in 2016, there were 684 memberships sold which is 32 more memberships as compared to 2015. The luau parties, dive in movies and fun Tuesday programs continue to be favorites for pool members. 251 kids learned the lifelong skill of swimming by participating in swim lessons. Approximately 124 swimmers were a part of the Makos Swim Team.
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 and K-9 Kerplunk, Montgomery Car Show, Harvest Moon and the tree lighting and Holiday in the Village event.
The City’s youth programming helped keep kids active and engaged during the summer and during School’s Out Days. Nine weeks of camps were planned and implemented in 2016, which included theater camp, mobile application development technology camp, tennis for pee wees and juniors and sports camps, to name a few. In 2016, new camps such as 3D printing camp and a painting and drawing camp that focused on learning a new skill or technology were implemented. School’s Out Days, including the annual paintball trip in October, were a hit as always.