The Tri-Agency heard updates on projects ranging from the new senior citizens center to the Maple Hill Bridge and the proposed stadium at City Park during its meeting Monday, Jan. 30.
The Tri-Agency is a joint meeting of the Tipp City schools, the city of Tipp City and the Monroe Township trustees to discuss common issues and current projects. The group meets quarterly and also hears an update from Tipp-Monroe Community Services.
Monroe Township Trustee Martin English reported the Senior Citizens would be seeking bids soon on the seniors center to be built off North Hyatt Street.
City and township voters agreed to fall 2015 to support a tax levy to build a center. Construction could begin later in the spring, English said.
Bids have been received and a state construction loan has been approved for the Country Estates East water and sewer project, he said. Construction should begin once the weather is better.
Trustee Phil Cox added that the township is helping the chamber of commerce with the remodeling of its office, which is located in the township building.
In other reports, City Manager Tim Eggleston reported on a few city projects including the long-discussed work on the Maple Hill Bridge. Work will get under way soon on design of a project that would include the bridge widening.
Information on possible locations for a new water tower that would replace the Bowman Avenue tower will be presented this month to city council, Eggleston said. Another look was taken at possible tower sites after residents living near a proposed site on South Hyatt Street objected to a tower at that location.
The city has received word of state approval of a $2.4 million zero interest loan for the tower project, he said.
Eggleston also promoted the first fire-police basketball game planned for April 8. The event will be a fundraiser for Tipp Monroe Community Services, Eggleston said. Tickets will be $5 for adults and $4 for those ages seven to 17.
Schools Superintendent Gretta Kumpf’s remarks were dominated by the recent votes and discussions regarding the proposed new athletic stadium at City Park.
She and Sam Spano, board of education president, discussed the board’s Jan. 23 decision to locate the stadium at the park and the public-private fundraising effort being coordinated by the Tipp Pride Association.
“It is an exciting time for something that has been a long time waiting,” Kumpf said of the long-talked about stadium project.
Spano said options for construction are being explored including a phased versus one-time project
“It will depend on the response we get,” Spano said. “The druthers now is (do construction) all at once because there are some benefits to doing it all at once.”
Kumpf also talked about the combined renewal levy the board of education has placed on the May ballot. The 13.9-mill, seven-year levy would generate around 20 percent of the district’s revenues, said district Treasurer David Thomas.
Kathy Taylor of Tipp Monroe Community Services thanked those who supported the organization’s levy that was on the November ballot. She also provided information on the upcoming Purse Auction to benefit the Lunch on Us summer meal program that served more than 7,000 lunches this past summer.