2017 Annual Report
(Back row left to right) Walter Taylor, Jim Stewart, Assistant Director Gary Heitkamp, Director Brian Riblet, Public Works Supervisor Terry Willenbrink, Jesse Bundy, Robert Dunham,Tony Brothers. (Front row) Sarah Fink, Nick Miller, Mike Roger, Dan Miller, Scott Schulte, Chris Bryant, Justin Liming, and Julie Machon
The public works department is responsible for the maintenance of buildings and grounds including four landmark buildings, 47.5 center-line miles of public streets, the stormsewer 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 public works director leads the department with assistance from the assistant director, public works department supervisor, recreation coordinator, recreation specialist, zoning and construction compliance officer, and ten service workers.
The public works staff coordinated the completion of major infrastructure repairs and rehabilitation of approximately 2.48 centerline miles of roadway, resurfacing all or portions of five streets, including Main Street, Cornell Road, Mitchell Farm Lane, Deerfield Road, and Shakerdale Road.
In 2017, the department replaced 24 of the 704 fire hydrants within the city. This work was done in conjunction with the street resurfacing program and was the fourth year of a multi-year comprehensive plan to address the aging fire hydrants in the community.
The department oversaw the crack sealing and “Black Onyx” asphalt surfacing on approximately 3.19 centerline miles of roadway on Monte Drive, Cooperwood Drive, Coopermeadow Drive, Bordeaux Court, Bobwhite Court, Toddtee Lane, Wimbledon Court, Hartford Hills Lane, Winthrop Drive, Brattle Court, Bromwell Lane, Mosshill Lane, Stockbridge Lane, and Yorkway Court. The Black Onyx surfacing material is used primarily on residential roadways within Montgomery, and complements the crack-sealing program.
The public works department continued work in 2017 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 (ODOT). In 2017, approximately 400 feet of guardrail replacement was programmed for East Kemper Road between Terwilligers Run Drive and Hightower Court and 590 feet on the west and east sides of Montgomery Road at Sycamore Creek. The installation of this guardrail was delayed to spring of 2018 due to the ongoing construction of the sidewalk and pedestrian bridge.
In 2017, the City was again recognized with a Tree City USA Award for the twenty-first year and also a Tree City USA Growth Award for the eighteenth year for its ongoing commitment and action focused on environmental stewardship through care of public trees in the City’s urban forest.
Also in 2017, the Public Works Department accepted a national award in 2017 from the American Public Works Association for its winter operations. The Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award was received at the APWA’s North American Snow Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, and was the department was recognized for the improvements made in 2016-2017 to expand the City’s salt storage facility, increase and diversify the treatment liquids, and its environmental stewardship.
Public Works Facility Addition and Renovation
Perkins Carmack completed the public works facility addition and renovation project in 2017. The project consisted of adding 3,500 square feet of bay area and 1,050 square feet of office area to the existing building. The previous office area and break room were renovated into a locker room and larger break room. The new office area now includes four office spaces, a meeting room, and a common work area. Also, a fire sprinkler system was installed for the entire building along with a new water service branch increasing the building’s water capacity. A new natural gas generator was also installed to meet the demands of the larger building. This needed expansion and renovation will allow the public works department to continue to provide excellent service to the residents and businesses of Montgomery. The cost for the project was $1,000,000 and was funded out of the general fund.
Montgomery Road Sidewalk Project (Weller Road to Bethesda North Hospital)
The Montgomery Road Sidewalk Project (HAM-22/3-15.35) was completed by Tri-State Concrete Construction Company. The project consisted of installing a new 6.5 foot wide concrete sidewalk on the east side of Montgomery Road from Weller Road to the main entrance of Bethesda North Hospital, a distance of 2,800 feet. Approximately 450 feet of the sidewalk required an extensive segmental block retaining wall to be constructed at the north end of the project. The sidewalk crosses Sycamore Creek. A 72-foot long pedestrian bridge was constructed, which was very similar to the existing pedestrian bridge on the west side of Montgomery Road, at this same location. Wood railing was installed on either side of the bridge and in adjacent areas to the bridge for safety purposes, which also provides nice aesthetics.
The total project cost was $580,000, of which 80 percent, or $464,000, was grant funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) with Transportation Alternative funds awarded through the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Council of Governments (OKI).
Ross Avenue Sidewalk and Storm Drainage Project
This project consisted of both sidewalk and storm drainage improvements to Ross Avenue between Remington Road and Campus Lane, a distance of 970 feet. The 5-feet wide sidewalk, along with a new high-back curb, was installed on the east side of the road, meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) criteria. Driveway aprons were removed and replaced at each driveway crossing to meet these criteria. The sidewalk was much needed, based on the amount of pedestrian traffic on Ross Avenue, mainly due to the proximity to Montgomery Elementary. Another large component of the project was improvements to the storm drainage system. The curb installed helps keep stormwater runoff on the roadway instead of it running off and contributing to drainage issues experienced by properties on the east side of the road, including residences on West Street. New catch basins and storm sewer drainage were installed at various locations to replace the older and insufficient system and to help address drainage issues that had been experienced on the roadway and numerous properties on Ross Avenue. The project was successful at meeting both objectives of providing a safe sidewalk for pedestrians while also improving the public storm drainage system.
The total project cost was $235,000 and was funded out of the general fund.
Jolain Storm Drainage Project
The Jolain Drive storm drainage project brought remedy to a storm drainage issue that the City and the residents of Jolain Drive have been contending with for decades. The project involved replacing an aged and undersized 12-inch diameter storm sewer with a dual 24-inch diameter pipe system. The project involved coordination with seven property owners, who reached agreement with the City to provide the necessary access and easements, as well as sharing the cost of the dual system. The project consisted of installing 1,240 feet of 24-inch diameter pipe, five catch basins and two new large concrete headwalls. This system upgrade increased the pipe capacity by at least a factor of 8.
The total project cost was $172,000 and was funded by a combination of the general fund and contributions from the seven property owners.
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.
Also, 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 ODOT fiscal year 2021.
Recreation and Events
After the Annex renovations in 2015 and continued improvements to class offerings and equipment in 2016 and 2017, the City’s fitness programming continued to see growth in 2017.
Recreation offered a variety of fitness classes throughout the week at the Recreation Annex Building. These classes included Beginner and Mixed Level Yoga classes, Chair Yoga Classes, Tai Chi, Pilates, and 20/20/20. In 2017, there were 696 enrolled participants as compared to 668 participants in 2016 and 247 in 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 due to the addition of the pool heater in 2014. In the past five years, attendance averaged 20,242; in 2017, there were 27,424 check-in’s which is 4,354 more visits as compared to 2016. In the past five years, memberships averaged 665; in 2017, there were 736 memberships sold which is 52 more memberships as compared to 2016. The luau parties, dive-in movies and Fun Tuesday programs continue to be favorites for pool members. Approximately, 225 kids learned the lifelong skill of swimming by participating in swim lessons, and 135 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 & 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 School’s Out Days. Seven weeks of camps were planned and implemented in 2017, including theater camp, technology camps, tennis for Pee Wees and juniors, and art and sports camps. In 2017, 259 children participated in these camps, which is an increase of 71 participants as compared to 2016. Participants in camps ranged from preschool age to high school. The Department also offered School’s Out Days, including the annual Paintball trip in October.