In 2022, the public works staff coordinated the completion of major infrastructure repairs and rehabilitation of approximately 2.83 centerline miles of roadway resurfacing all or portions of 7 streets:
- Shadowhill Way (Creeknoll Ct to Windhaven Ct)
- Deershadow Lane (Deerfield Rd to east terminus)
- Laurelview Drive
- Cedarview Drive
- Weller Road (#8699 Weller Rd to E. Kemper Rd)
- Kennedy Lane
- Zig Zag Road (Cooper Rd to I-71 Bridge)
In 2022, the Public Works staff also coordinated the replacement of 17 of the 704 total fire hydrants located within the City. This work was done in conjunction with the Street Resurfacing Program and was the 9th year of a multi-year comprehensive plan to address the aging fire hydrants in the community. To date, the department has replaced 196 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 3.3 centerline miles of roadway were treated in 2022, including all or portions of 12 streets.
Another yearly program completed in 2022 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, add structural integrity, and is more cost effective than performing a complete pipe replacement. In 2022, a 52-inch diameter corrugated metal pipes was lined a length of 56-ft within a public easement located at 7777 Cooper Road (Carecore).
The construction of the Heritage District Traffic Signal Improvements Project was completed in 2022. This project consisted of upgrades to four (4) traffic signals located at the intersections of Montgomery Road and Cooper Road, Montgomery Road and Remington Road, Main Street and Cooper Road, and Main Street and Remington Road. The project included replacement of the traffic signal controllers and installation of microwave advance radar detection at each intersection. The new controllers and radar detection will allow the traffic signals to achieve “automated traffic signal performance measures”, which will allow the traffic signals to detect real-time traffic in all directions and make real-time signal timing adjustments in order to maximize traffic flow efficiency, thus minimizing traffic congestion and commuter delay.
Lastly, the construction of the single-lane roundabout to replace the four-way stop intersection at Pfeiffer Road and Deerfield Road began in 2022. Most of the construction activity in 2022 was replacing and relocating utilities, including the installation of a new water main, gas main, and storm sewer system within the project limits. The construction cost for the project including utility replacement is $2.3 million, of which $900,000 was approved for a grant received from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI), $400,000 from Hamilton County Transportation Improvement District funds, and $500,000 from Greater Cincinnati Water Works for the water main replacement .
Regarding the parks, the City continued its work on maintenance and upgrades to the park system in 2022. 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 2022, the following park improvements were completed:
- Fountain replacement/refurbishment in various parks.
- Johnson Nature Preserve pedestrian bridge was replaced.
- Gerri Harbison Memorial in Montgomery Park
- New Roof and gutters installed at Terwilliger Lodge
- Dulle park parking lot improvements and additional handicap parking spots added.
- New roofs installed at Swaim Park garage and Swaim lodge.
- New metal roof installed on Swaim park large gazebo, and both shelters painted.
- Weller Park tennis court drainage improvements and seal coating
- New paver bump outs for Victorian benches along city walking paths.
- Community pool building exterior painted.
Fitness classes continued to be popular. There were 1,057 participants in 2022 which is an increase of 354 participants as compared to 2021. Classes provided an opportunity to keep our community healthy.
Youth Summer Camps continued to help keep kids active and learning in the summer. In 2022, 25 camps provided a fun summer activity to 406 participants. In addition to camps, two School’s Out Day programs were hosted in 2022. The School’s Out Day Ninja Warrior Camp was held on Presidents Day and the annual School’s Out Day Paintball trip was held in October.
Pool memberships reached an all-time high in 2022. 816 pool memberships were sold in 2022 which is 149 more memberships as compared to 2021. Group swim lessons were offered during the season and 160 swim team members participated in the 2022 swim team season.
In 2022, the City received the Tree City USA Award (27 years) and a Tree City USA Growth Award (24 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. Recreation implemented four DORA events in 2022 to promote the DORA District and support local businesses.
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, Bastille Day, and the July 3 Concert.