Tipp City Council was asked Monday to find another top location for a new water tower.
Council last month talked about three possible sites for a new tower to replace the aging Bowman Avenue water tower. The top location discussed was privately owned land off South Hyatt Street near St. John’s Church.
During Monday’s council meeting, Patrick Langley, who lives off Hyatt Street near the proposed tower location, told council he believed there had to be a better tower site than one surrounded by homes.
Langley said when he heard about the proposed tower location he talked to neighbors along Hyatt and nearby streets. “Every person I have talked to is against this tower in this location,” he said, noting none of those he contacted had heard about the tower project.
Council recently approved a city application to the Ohio Public Works Commission for a $2.2 million loan to help pay for the estimated $2.4 million tower.
Steve Staub, who said he purchased the Brownlee Farm off South Hyatt in May, told council he, too, was concerned about a tower’s impact on property values. He said he and others living in the area would appreciate the city reconsidering the site.
Other locations mentioned during the November council discussion were in the area of Liberty Commons and land just west of the city service center building off North Sixth Street.
Council had been discussing the demolition of the Bowman Avenue tower, built in 1935, when it was told the city needed to rehabilitate it or build new to provide more water pressure for fighting fires in the city’s low service area.
The cost to rehabilitate was estimated at $800,000 to $1 million.
In other business council heard a first reading of an ordinance that would ban cultivating, processing and dispensing of medical marijuana in the city limits.
Councilmember Carrie Arblaster asked for more information on the medical marijuana legislation and options. She asked for “a bit more of a conversation here as to what we want to do with this.”
More information will be provided at council’s next meeting on what other communities are doing as far as legislation, what legal issues might be ahead and any input available from the police department.
In other business Monday, council members said good-bye to Gitta, the police department’s recently retired K-9 unit. Gitta will be 11 early next year and served the city eight years and four months. She worked with Sgt. Greg Adkins.
Bob, the department’s new K-9, also was introduced. Bob will work with Officer Darren Soutar.
• Heard from City Manager Tim Eggleston that plans for expansion projects at both the Randall Residence and Springmeade have been received by the city.
• Held a closed executive session to discuss compensation of a public employee or employees.
• Held its annual holiday reception.
• Noted that member Katelyn Berbach would not be in attendance.