The Tipp City Parks Advisory Board discussed a number of proposed or pending projects and requests including a lightning alert system for Kyle Park fields and Tipp City Junior Baseball’s budget “wish list” during its July 10 meeting.
John Donnelly, city service director, said a Thor Guard lightning warning system with sound and lights, as proposed, would cost around $22,000. He said a system would be proposed in the city capital projects budget.
Board members questioned if the $22,000 would come from the $25,000 the board is allocated each year for park-related projects. The money has been used most recently for playground equipment for various neighborhood parks.
Board member Doug Slagle suggested that users of the fields – soccer and baseball organizations – could be asked to contribute to a warning system to help offset the cost.
Board member Patrick Hodges said he was concerned the project would take away from the playground equipment purchases. “I don’t think that is a fair trade off. It is important to have it, but not out of that budget,” he said.
The board agreed to table the system proposal so it can be discussed as part of a proposed meeting to discuss budgeting. A date for that meeting was not set.
The board also tabled a request for the board to consider spending its allocation for a spray ground proposed for the Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center. Donnelly said City Manager Tim Eggleston asked him to approach the board with that request.
Board members said they had not been asked in the past to approve such projects for the aquatic center, and would discuss the request further at the budget meeting.
Also tabled was a resident’s proposal about proposed flying/racing of drones at Kyle Park. Donnelly said the person who made the request was asked to attend the meeting, but was not on hand.
The board heard cost estimates for wood doors to be placed at the canal lock at Canal Lock Park. An estimate of around $35,000 was received for the doors. The estimate did not include hardware, installation and other potential expenses. The board asked that the city look into the possibility of a grant to help pay for a lock project.
Tipp City Junior Baseball representatives Randy Myers and Sam Noffsinger presented the board with a written list of the organization’s priorities for improvements to baseball facilities in the parks.
They also thanked the board for the walkways installed from handicapped parking at Kyle Park fields to the restroom facilities in the center of fields five through 12. “The community has expressed their appreciation to us for the installation of these walkways many times during the season,” the Junior Baseball & Softball Board said in its letter to the board.
Among items on the list are: outfield fences for fields nine-12 at an estimated cost of $18,000; coverings for dugouts, at an estimated cost of $24,000; covered shelters in the center of each quad at estimated cost of $75,000 total; and walkways from the parking lot on Kyle Drive to the center of fields one-four and going west to the restrooms near the soccer fields, at an estimated $50,000 cost.
Donnelly said a walkways project is included in the city long-term capital plan. Work also is planned on the covered shelters, including one yet this year, the board and organization representatives were told by Tony Hunt, city streets and parks superintendent.
The letter also asked the city to preserve the baseball fields and concession stand at City Park. The organization said its program has grown enough to require improvements to that park’s fields one and two for use next year.