Commission Okays Lease
The Piqua City Commission okays a lease at Fort Piqua Plaza. The lease has been awarded to Rosebud’s Real Food at 750 dollars a month. Responding to a resident’s question about repairs to the linear-park bridge, City Manager Gary Huff says the city is working with companies to get estimates to fix the bridge.
Offices Close For Labor Day
City offices in both Piqua and Troy will be closed Monday, to allow city employees to observe the Labor Day holiday with their families. As for refuse, and recycling collections, there will be no delay for Troy residents. In Piqua, all trash and recycling collections will be one day late.
Ballot Requests Mailed
Absentee ballot request forms are being mailed to every registered Ohio voter. Those request forms are arriving in mailboxes this week – one week ahead of schedule. Ohioans who want to vote by absentee ballot must send their request form back to their county board of elections in order to receive an absentee ballot. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose recommends voters submit their request for an absentee ballot as soon as possible, but definitely no later than Oct. 27th. Absentee ballots will be sent by the voter’s respective county board of elections beginning Oct. 6th.
Farmers Market Ending Soon
The Piqua Community Farmers Market is today from 3-6 p.m. on High Street in front of the Piqua Public Library. After today, next Thursday, September 10, is the last day for the farmers market this season. The market has seen tremendous growth this season and attendance has been record breaking.
Relief Application Period Extended
The Shelby County commission voted this week to extend the application period for the Shelby County Small Business Relief Program for another 30 days. They also made a change that should make more small businesses eligible for funding. Previously, businesses had to show they experienced a decrease in gross revenue of 35 percent or more compared to March 1-April 30, 2019. Now, they need to show they experienced a decrease in gross revenue of 35 percent or more in any 30-day period from March 1 to Aug. 30 due to COVID-19.
American Legion Offering Meals
The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 is offering meals to area residents. This evening from 6-to-7pm, grilled cheese and tomato basil soup will be offered for only $5. Tomorrow fish and/or chicken complete with slaw, hush puppies, fries and dessert is $9 for either dine in or carry out. If you desire breakfast, it will be available from 9-to-11 Sunday morning for $6. You can call ahead for take-out orders at 937-667-1995.
Buggy Whip Building Sold
The 1880s Buggy Whip building in Tipp City where a collapse occurred this summer has been sold. The building on E. Main Street at the east end of downtown Tipp City was bought by downtown business owners, Steve and Sally Watson. The building was built for a local company that made whips for horse drawn buggies. It was used in later years as a car dealership and antique shop. The new owners would first evaluate any alternatives to demolition before taking any action.
Land Bank Acquiring Properties
The Shelby County Land Reutilization Corp. or Land Bank plans to be more aggressive in acquiring properties in the final months of 2020. Director Doug Ahlers says demolition companies they have worked with in the past have spare time now, which leads to lower bids on projects. Those lower bids makes this an advantageous time to complete work. So far this year, the Land Bank has acquired 91 properties, demolished 76 of them and sold 14.
Batting League Sign-Ups
Sign-ups are underway for the Frosty Brown Fall Batting Leagues. The signup deadline for ages 13-to-18 is Sunday (Sept 6) and the deadline for ages 9-to-12 is Tuesday, September 8. The live pitching league for those 13-to-18 is scheduled to start on September 10 (Thursday) and the Junior league (ages 9-to-12) will start on September 12 (Saturday).