In 2021, 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 7 streets:
- Adventure Lane
- Thumbelina Lane
- Shadowhill Way (West terminus to Creeknoll Court)
- Hollowwood Circle
- Bramblewood Circle
- Shadowcrest Court
- Creeknoll Court
In 2021, the Public Works staff also coordinated the replacement of 24 of the 704 total fire hydrants within the City. This work was done in conjunction with the Street Resurfacing Program and was the 8th year of a multi-year comprehensive plan to address the aging fire hydrants in the community. To date, the department has replaced 179 fire hydrants with new hydrants.
Public works staff completed the annual Street Crack Seal program. Crack seal is the best performing, yet least expensive, maintenance activity for extending the life of asphalt pavement. Approximately 5.4 centerline miles of roadway were treated in 2021, including all or portions of 14 streets.
The Safety Center, Public Works, and Swimming Pool parking lots were repaired and received a new asphalt resurfacing.
Another yearly program completed in 2021 is the Corrugated Metal Pipe lining program. This new program began in 2019 to address the City’s aged metal storm sewer pipe infrastructure. Lining the corrugated metal pipes extend their life, adds structural integrity, and is more cost-effective than performing a complete pipe replacement. In 2021, three 48-inch diameter corrugated metal pipes were lined, totaling 269-ft in length, at 10115 Montgomery Road (Annex Building parking lot).
The consolidated driveway access for 9305-9321 Montgomery Road was constructed. This project converted two curb cuts serving the commercial properties to only one, which created an opportunity for the new consolidated driveway to function as the “west leg” of a new traffic signal installed as part of the Montgomery Road at Cross County Highway roundabout project.
Lastly, the construction of the multi-lane roundabout at the Montgomery Road at Cross County Highway intersection was substantially completed in 2021. This large, multi-year project cost $7.5 million, of which $6.6 million was approved for a grant received from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI). The grant represented a 70 percent share of the construction costs.
Regarding the parks, the City continued its work on updates to its park system in 2021. The work involved delivering upgrades to the City’s various parks and recreation facilities through infrastructure and facility upgrades. All improvements are necessary to sustain the quality experience enjoyed by users of the parks, to ensure the safety of the facilities and equipment, and to maintain the operational and financial schedules and plans for the upkeep of the parks.
In 2021, the following park improvements were completed:
- Fountain replacement/refurbishment in various parks.
- New irrigation installations at Swaim Park, Hopewell Greenspace, and Triangle Point Plaza
- Pioneer Park garage roof replacement
- Montgomery Park basketball court resurfacing
- Weller Park basketball court resurfacing (and added pickleball courts)
- Swaim Park and Dulle Park tennis court resurfacing (and added pickleball courts)
- Pioneer Park and Weller Park asphalt path improvements.
- Repair and restripe parking lots at various parks.
Fitness class attendance continued to recover from the pandemic. In 2021, there were 703 participants which is an increase of 133 participants as compared to 2020. Classes helped keep our community healthy during a challenging time.
The youth Summer Camps continue to help keep kids active and learning in the summer. In 2021, 21 camps provided a fun summer activity to 392 participants. In addition, two School’s Out Day programs were hosted. The School’s Out Day Ninja Warrior Camp was held on Presidents Day with 21 ninja warriors attending, and the annual School’s Out Day Paintball trip in October was held with 40 participants attending.
Partnering with Great Parks of Hamilton County, spring, summer and fall golf classes were offered to youth as part of our summer camp program and to 34 adult participants in the community.
Pool memberships rebounded in 2021. 667 pool memberships were sold in 2021, which is 52 memberships less as compared to 2019. Only daily admission was offered in 2020. Private swim lessons were offered during the season since group swim lessons were not offered due to the pandemic. 135 swim team members participated in a modified 2021 swim team season.
In 2021, the City received the Tree City USA Award (26 years) and a Tree City USA Growth Award (23 years) for its ongoing commitment and action focused on environmental stewardship through the care of public trees in the City’s urban forest. These awards continue the recognition received in 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. New, Recreation partnered with local businesses and held DORA events in August and October.
The Arts and Amenities budget supports the work of the Arts Commission and the Sister City Commission. Both commissions actively support several events, including the annual Photo Contest, Live at the Uni concert series, Bastille Day, and the July 3 Concert.