Tipp City Council heard an update on the Downtown Tipp City Partnership (DTCP) program Dec. 19 including brief comments on the organization receiving the Main Street designation.
Heather Dorsten, DTCP executive director, reported on recent successful partnership projects including the Winters Gathering, community tree lighting and the Small Business Saturday.
Dorsten said the partnership and supporters are “very excited about” the Main Street designation the organization received from the Heritage Ohio organization this fall. The downtown organization had been working toward the Main Street goal since it was started more than 10 years ago.
“What a great feather in the cap for the community … You are doing a great job,” Councilman Matt Owen, who formerly worked for the chamber and the downtown group in its early days, told Dorsten.
Dorsten told council its input would be welcome as the organization looks at changing its name following the Main Street designation. She said various options are being discussed such as Main Street Tipp City.
The Main Street designation makes a program more recognizable and also can be an asset in seeking grants, Dorsten said.
In other business Dec. 19, council approved the issuance and sale of $5.2 million in bond anticipation notes to pay for various city projects such as the aerial ladder truck bought in 2012 and the water tower constructed in 2010.
City Manager Tim Eggleston said the city this year paid off $803,000 of the debt.
Council also approved the sale of $5 million in notes to pay for replacing electric transformers at substation one.
Council also amended the 2016 appropriations ordinance to reflect unanticipated costs or changes in costs.
Among those changes were added dollars to cover higher than anticipated power costs and electric franchise fees along with added costs for water purchase and treatment. The amount borrowed for the Roselyn water/sewer line replacement project was revised to $700,000 (split between water and sewer funds) from the original $1.1 million.
- Approved the rezoning of 0.598 acres at the southeast corner of North Sixth and Crane streets from R-2 single family to Legacy District. Eggleston explained that when the property has had the incorrect zoning designation, an error not caught when the zoning map update was done. The property is part of the Tipp Novelty building.
- Authorized a resolution of necessity for the County Road 25A-widening project phase two and the appropriation of temporary or permanent right of way needed for the project.
- Set a public hearing Feb. 6 on the comprehensive master development plan update.