The city this fall is seeking proposals for a contract to operate the Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center.
The city-owned center has been operated by Dayton Pool Management since it opened in 2005. The city’s last pool contract with DPM expired Nov. 1, 2012, and was extended, as allowed under that contract, for three additional one-year agreements.
City Manager Tim Eggleston said that although business at the aquatic center was pretty dismal in June, activity picked up as summer progressed. Attendance was up 23 percent over last year, daily fees up 33 percent and swim lessons were down about 30 percent.
John Green, city finance director, said city had a “very good” July and August at the center. “June was the month that hurt us,” he said.
Revenue wise, season passes were down about 2 percent, daily passes were up 36 percent and concessions were up 21 percent.
The general fund subsidy was just over $53,000 for the year, Green said.
He said the city might anticipate two or three proposals to operate the center. Two companies bid on most aquatic center/pool contracts in the state, Green said.
The administrators were asked if there is any major expense that might be coming up as the center nears its 10th year. Green said there is money budgeted each year to repair pumps and other items. The only update being considered is the reglazing of the slides, he said.
In other business Monday, council approved an ordinance modifying the zoning code to allow any fraternal, charitable or service oriented organization to build in a light industrial zoning district.
The request was made to accommodate the Tipp City Seniors’ organization’s attempt to build a new seniors center on a property off North Hyatt Street.
A tax levy on the November ballot in the city and Monroe Township would be used for that project.
Also approved was the sale of bond anticipation notes for up to $1.806 million to help pay for improving South Third Street, renovating and expanding the fire station and the Main Street improvements downtown.
Council also agreed to apply for a $200,000 Ohio Public Works Commission grant to work on sanitary sewers and manholes on South Second and Elm streets to reduce water infiltration
Approvals needed for the annual HarvestFest downtown also were given by council. A motion was OK’d authorizing the police chief and city manager to sign a temporary alcohol permit for the event and the city manager was authorized to sign an agreement for the event with the Downtown Tipp City Partnership. The HarvestFest will be held Oct. 17.