The city of Tipp City and the city schools board of education will be taking a closer work this week and next at a long discussed stadium project.

The City Council was scheduled Tuesday evening, Jan. 17, to discuss the city’s possible role in a stadium project. The stadium at City Park is owned by the city and leased long-term to the Board of Education.

The board said last week it hoped to make a decision on stadium location at its Monday, Jan. 23, meeting. The board saw a presentation on the stadium master plan from Mike Ruetschle of Ruetschle Architects and cost estimates Jan. 9.

Ruetschle said support was received from a civil engineering firm, an electrical firm and vendors in an attempt to obtain cost estimates as close as possible. He emphasized actual budget costs were sought, not quotes and bids and that other vendors are available. Obtaining numbers from various businesses did not lock the district into using those companies Ruetschle said. 

The Tipp Pride Association citizens group is working on raising private dollars for a stadium project. That group also was meeting this week and planning to provide an update, according to Mashell Stith, Tipp Pride, president.

Stadium projected costs

Hard costs:

City Park, $809,000 vs. high school, $632,350. The main difference is removing concrete, asphalt, fence and like items from the park site.

Parking Lot Expansion:

City Park, $147,700 vs. high school, $1,198,146. The main difference is use of existing parking at park and around park for stadium parking while would need to construct 500 more parking spaces at high school

Egress Drive:

City Park, $36,200 for exit to North Third Street vs. $0 for high school.

Turf:

Same at both locations: $855,000

Bleachers:

City Park, $1,143,361 vs. $1,115,361 at high school. The difference is demolition of bleachers and press box at current stadium

Athletic Buildings

City Park, $1,600,295 vs. $1,586,440 at high school. The difference is demolition of buildings at City Park site.

Site Electrical

Same at both locations, $34,500

Field Lighting

City Park, $273,600 vs. $265,600 at high school. The difference is demolition of existing lighting at park.

Miscellaneous

Same at both locations at $154,000. This category includes scoreboard, field sound system, landscaping, etc.

Soft Costs:

City Park, $610,539 vs. $703,603 at high school. Largest differences in costs in design contract and contingency. Soft costs also include land survey, soil borings, permits, insurance, legal fees.

(Source: Tipp City Athletic Complex at City Park, Ruetschle Architects, Jan. 9, 2017)