2018 Annual Report

Public Works

Front row (L-R): Tony Brothers, Travis Wolfe, Sam Lindsley, Justin Liming, Walter Taylor, Jim Stewart, Chris Bryant, Robert Dunham
Back row (L-R): Scott Schulte, Sarah Fink, Terry Willenbrink, Gary Heitkamp, Mike Rogers, Julie Machon, Nick Miller, Dan Miller  

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.

2018 Accomplishments

In 2018, the public works staff coordinated the completion of major infrastructure repairs and rehabilitation of approximately 2.36 centerline miles of roadway resurfacing all or portions of 10 streets:

  • Weller Road,
  • Cooper Road,
  • Indianwoods Drive,
  • Turtlecreek Lane,
  • Merrick Lane,
  • Brandywine Lane,
  • Wellerwoods Drive,
  • Shadowpoint Court,
  • Hightower Court, and
  • Tanager Hills Drive.

 

In 2018, the public works staff also coordinated the replacement of 19 of the 704 total fire hydrants within the City. This work was done in conjunction with the Street Resurfacing Program and was the fifth year of a multi-year comprehensive plan to address the aging fire hydrants in the community. To date, the department has replaced 116 fire hydrants with new hydrants.

Public works staff completed the 2018 Onyx Mastic Surface (Black Onyx) Project. They coordinated repairs and application of Black Onyx to approximately 3.85 centerline miles of roadway, including all or portions of 11 streets.

  • Tollgate Lane
  • Knollbrook Terrace
  • Shelldale Way
  • Baywind Drive
  • Southwind Drive
  • Trailwind Drive
  • Westwind Drive
  • Jolain Drive
  • Ross Avenue
  • Campus Lane
  • Todd Avenue

 

The public works department continued work in 2018 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 2018 approximately 750 ft. of guardrail was replaced on Zig Zag Road and Weller Road.

 

In 2018, Hamilton County performed a bridge superstructure replacement on Pfeiffer Road just east of Storybook Drive. The project will provide a 50-year expected design life for this valuable infrastructure on a very important arterial, Pfeiffer Road.  In addition to replacing an aged bridge deck, the project also included both safety and aesthetic enhancements.

 

During 2018, public works staff also completed two additional capital improvement projects, including the Montgomery Road Sidewalk Project, which included the installation of a sidewalk on the east side of Montgomery Road from Weller Road to the main entrance of Bethesda North Hospital as well as a pedestrian bridge over Sycamore Creek.  The Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky Regional Council of Governments (OKI) primarily funded this project by providing over 80 percent of total project costs through a grant.

 

The other capital improvement project was the Montgomery Road and Pfeiffer Road aesthetic improvements, which including both hardscape and landscape additions to beautify this busy intersection.  The improvements were designed to carry the pedestrian feel of Montgomery Road, both north and south of Radabaugh Drive. 

Parks and Recreation

 

Upgrades to the Recreation Annex facility and equipment upgrades enhanced the group fitness classes that were offered regularly throughout 2018.  Attendance continued to be strong in 2018 with 495 participants in the winter, spring, and summer sessions.

 

The summer mini-camps help keep kids active and learning in the summer.  In 2018, 12 camps provided an fun summer activity to 271 participants.  The annual School’s Out Day Paintball trip in October is always a hit and sold out again this year.

 

In 2018, pool memberships sold strong, and there was an increase in the utilization of the pool passes. Additionally, 250 children learned the lifelong skill of swimming through swim lessons. The Makos Swim team ran at full capacity with 164 swimmers, including a brand new Mini Makos program and six coaches.  The swim team completed a great season as Division Two Champions at the Tri-Country Swim League Championships in Oxford, Ohio.      

 

In 2018, the City received the Tree City USA Award (22 years) and a Tree City USA Growth Award (19 years) for its ongoing commitment and action focused on environmental stewardship through, care of public trees in the City’s urban forest.  These awards continue the recognition received during 2009 when the Arbor Day Foundation recognized Montgomery as a “Sterling” Tree City USA, which at the time recognized Montgomery as just the sixth community in Ohio to earn this prestigious honor.

 

Americana hometown special events help make Montgomery unique and help to make Montgomery a great place to live, work and play. Local sponsors continue to add to the revenues generated for these events. 

 

The Arts and Amenities budget supports the work of the Arts Commission and the Sister City Commission.  Both commissions are active in supporting several events, including the annual Photo Contest, Live at the Uni concert series, Dinner Around The World, Bastille Day, and the July 3 Concert.