|Council Approved Resolution For Assessing Property Owners|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00|
City leaders didn’t dwell on the Tipp City schools’ threats that shook the community during the past week, but did thank the police department for its efforts.
The comments Feb. 19 came the day before two students were arrested for allegedly making threats Feb. 13 and 20 at Tippecanoe High School and Middle School.
Five threats were received over a series of days with the investigation into the other threats – left in restrooms and on a cafeteria table – continuing by police.
Councilman Bryan Budding said during the council remarks period that he thanked the police department for its “added presence with the school events.”
Councilman Mike McDermott said we would “pile on that sentiment.” The week, he said, had been “quite trying” for administrators, teachers and students. He also thanked the FBI and other area law enforcement agencies for assisting at schools after threats began Feb. 13.
“We have a very small police force that has done a really good job of trying to make sure the teachers feel safe and the administrators feel safe and the kids, most importantly, feel safe,” McDermott said.
City Manager Jon Crusey called the police department’s effort “outstanding” and recognized Wright Patterson Air Force Base personnel who came to the schools with dogs three times to assist with building checks and searches.
“They are an invaluable resource to be able to provide Tipp City Police Department and community the kind of services we cannot afford here. It makes our job a lot easier,” Crusey said. “They are definitely a resource we value.”
In other business Feb. 19, council approved a resolution of necessity for assessing property owners as part of the Main Street Reconstruction and Streetscape project.
The resolution declared the necessity of improving Main Street from the railroad tracks east to First Street and assessing property owners along the way for curb and gutter, sidewalk and driveway approaches. Adjoining property owners will be notified of their estimated assessment.
Once the project is complete, council will be asked to approve assessment of the actual project cost.
In a project memo to council, City Engineer Scott Vagedes said the total assessment for the project, involving 52 Main Street properties is estimated at $101,310. The sidewalk to be built will be 15.5 feet wide, but property owners will be assessed for four feet of sidewalk, which is similar to the amount of sidewalk assessed in other areas of the city, Vagedes said. This project includes a wider project as part of the streetscape enhancements.
The cost of the reconstruction and streetscape project is budgeted at $3.38 million.
In other action:
- Council OK’d the purchase of a 2013 John Deere 5075 tractor with cab for the parks department for $33,726. The city will buy the tractor from Koenig Equipment Inc. through the state cooperative purchasing program. The tractor will replace a 1998-model tractor.
- Council authorized the city manager to sell a 2002 Chevrolet Sonoma seized by the police department in a drunk driving case. The sale proceeds will go to various law enforcement funds.
- Councilman Pat Hale noted the current 90-day study under way at Fourth and Main streets with the bagging of the traffic signal for possible removal. He said he had received a couple of emails with comments regarding whether the signal should be replaced or removed.
- Anyone with comments was asked to contact either a council member or Vagedes.