Tipp City Council heard comments Dec. 19 from Scott Knick of Michaels Place about a basketball pole placed in the right of way and a city request for its removal.

Knick explained that the pole had been in place for some time for use by neighborhood youth before it was removed privately during a recent city project in the area. Afterward, the pole was replaced privately but the city staff now has asked for its removal.

Knick said he had more than 20 signatures on a petition asking the city to allow the pole to remain.

John Donnelly, the city director of public works, told council he noticed the pole and checked city records to see if it had been included on any maps. “The ordinances do not allow fixed structures of that nature in the right of way,” Donnelly said. He said the pole is located near a water line and added the staff recommendation was to stick to the right of way ordinance.

Knick said the basketball hoop is used by a number of neighborhood youth and said he would maintain the pole.

Eggleston said he would obtain further information on the right of way regulations for further council discussion.