A sign placed on the site of what the Tipp City Seniors organization hopes will be its new home is helping spread the word of a levy request on the Nov. 3 ballot.
The sign on five acres at 855 N. Hyatt St. was placed Sept. 21 as the seniors and their supporters campaign for the 1-mill, five-year levy that will go before voters in both Tipp City and Monroe Township. It simply says, “Future Home of Tipp City Seniors, Inc.”
The cost of the levy to the owner of a home with a $100,000 market value would be $52.50 a year.
Gordon Pittenger Sr. said the seniors have signed an option to purchase the Hyatt Street land, contingent on the levy’s passing. “Our building committee has been busy for nearly two years planning and holding fund raisers to pay for some of the pre-construction costs that must be paid,” he said.
The seniors will hold three open houses at the current home at 320 S. First St. to tell people about project plans and answer any questions they have. The visit also is an opportunity for people to see the conditions of the current building.
The open houses are at Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.; Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m.; and Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. “We encourage folks to come in and see what the seniors have going on,” Pittenger said. Refreshments will be served.
The Tipp City Seniors are looking to build an 8,000 to 10,000 square foot building with “ample” parking and easy access for members.
Among the organization’s concerns with the current building is not enough space for needs, accessibility issues and lack of parking.
“We plan to have a nice size dining room and a kitchen that we can use for some of our fund raising dinners. We are also hoping to make this available for other community events. We want this to be a building that the whole community can be proud of,” Pittenger said.
“With the passage of the levy, we will be able to employ a person to coordinate activities and make the building available on a daily basis, We also want to have more activities that our gentlemen members will be interested in doing,” he added.
The Tipp City Seniors Inc. is a non-profit corporation that first organized in 1969. It had 70 members at the time. Today, there are more than 160 members. The organization is open to those age 55 and over.
A modern facility would allow the organization to add to existing offerings. Among the changes planned would be additional services for seniors, additional classes and more outdoor recreational activities, according to the Vote Yes for Tipp City Seniors campaign brochure.