|2013 In Review|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Friday, 03 January 2014 16:14|
Ron Thuma was recognized by the Tippecanoe Masonic Lodge 174 with the lodge Community Builders award at a public service luncheon Jan. 11.
Two students, a 14 year old middle school boy and a 15 year old high school student were charged with inducing panic, disorderly conduct and inducing panic in two of the written threats found during the previous week at the high school and middle school.
Lowell Hampton, former police officer and creator of the Tipp City Emergency Services, died Feb. 25 at age 79. Mr. Hampton started Emergency Services at the request of City Council and served as its chief from 1974 to 1990, when he retired.
A downtown streetscape pre-project meeting March 14 drew a big crowd as merchants, downtown residents and city leaders met with contractors before the kick off of the more than $3 million underground utilities replacement and streetscape project. The project led to the closing of Main Street downtown for several months.
Kathy Taylor of Tipp Monroe Community Services said residents would be seeing more of the organization and its supporters as it hit the pavement raising money for itself. New ways of raising money for the nonprofit became necessary following a number of funding cutbacks and a decline in property values that cut into the amount of income generated by the Community Services tax levy.
The Tipp City schools again hired Charlie Burgbacher as high school varsity football couch. Burgbacher retired from teaching at the end of the school year.
Tipp City said goodbye to long-time Police Chief Tom Davidson, who lost his battle with cancer April 23. He was 64. Davidson served as chief for 22 years after coming to Tipp City from Bowling Green.
Charges against a second juvenile accused of making a threat at a Tipp City school in February were dismissed by Miami County Juvenile Court Judge W. McGregor Dixon Jr. Dixon said evidence did not support charges against the 16 year old. Only two students were charged in the threats received at the middle and high schools. Each student was charged with making one threat. Charges against both were dismissed.
The long-awaited Veterans Memorial statue was dedicated May 26 before a large crowd at Veterans Memorial Park. The bronze solider sculpture was designed and made specifically for the park by Timothy Schmatz of Ontario, Canada.
Local funeral director Jim Bayliff was recognized at the annual Ohio Funeral Directors Association Convention in Columbus for 50 years in the funeral service. Bayliff is owner of Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home.
City resident Steve Huffman filed paperwork calling for an initiative petition that would require any city council member wanting city health insurance to pay 100 percent of the cost.
Tipp City schools’ officials reviewed possible steps to enhance security including adding another police officer in schools.
Steve Verhoff, a Tippecanoe High School science teacher, was selected as the high school’s new assistant principal.
The council then voted unanimously to end council health and dental insurance effective Dec. 31, 2015.
The Tipp City Parks Advisory Board agreed to put $7,000 toward equipment for a disc golf course for City Park.
The Tipp City Schools Board of Education said thank you and goodbye to long-time district treasurer Joe Smith. Smith retired July 31 after 25 years with the district.
Tipp City’s new city logo started popping up around town. The logo features the city’s name joined by a single mum. The council selected the logo more than three years before during planning for the new 1-million gallon water tower built off Donn Davis Way.
The Tipp City Schools Board of Education started the new school year off with good news for staff by approving a 2.5 percent across the board pay increase. The staff had not received a raise in three of the last four years.
The Tipp City Foundation celebrated its 70th birthday, including the date of its founding in August 1943 when local businessman Ed Timmer made a gift of $1,300. More the $1.7 million in grants to the community have been awarded over the years.
A multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 near the southbound entrance ramp from Main Street resulted in a fiery scene that left two dead and backed up traffic for hours. The crash around 9:45 p.m. Aug. 28 caused the deaths of truck drivers from Indiana and Ontario, Canada. Investigating state troopers said one of the truckers was southbound when he failed to slow for construction traffic setting off a chain reaction. One woman received hospital treatment while five others were treated at the scene.
Tipp City Police Officer Jeff Perilman was awarded a department meritorious service commendation for life saving efforts made at the scene of the Aug. 29 multi-vehicle crash and fire on Interstate 75. Two truck drivers died in the crash and fire. Perilman was recognized for pulling people through a vehicle window to safety.
The Tipp City Schools continued steps toward a proposed school construction project after meeting with representatives of the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. A facilities planning committee has met several years to discuss options for classroom space for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The district could receive 26 percent state funding for a building project, with the balance of the bill the responsibility of local taxpayers who would vote on any funding measure.
Tipp City Council voted unanimously to end the city leaf collection fee effective July 1, 2014. The 64 cents per month fee was imposed in October 2009 to restore leaf collection after the service was cut as part of budget reductions.
The previously undefeated Tipp City Red Devils football team’s season ended in the Division III regional final with a 25-7 loss to Trotwood. The team compiled a 12-1 record during a highly successful season.
Two Tipp City men – Aldo Mondragon, 23, and Erik Segura, 21, were charged with conspiracy to possess heroin after being taken into custody as part of a drug investigation in which more than $1 million in illegal drugs were seized. A Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force served warrants as part of the investigation Dec. 11 in Tipp City, New Carlisle and Huber Heights.