|Council Approves Application for Grant Money|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00|
Tipp City approved Monday an application for a $190,000 grant to help pay for a Kessler-Cowlesville Road and County Road 25A resurfacing project and agreed to give a West Main Street property owner more time to clean up his property.
The $190,000 request to the Ohio Public Works Commission is part of a package of $870,000 in funding for the grinding and resurfacing of Kessler-Cowlesville from County Road 25A to Peters and County Road 25A from Donn Davis Way to Commerce Park Drive.
Also included in the project scheduled for 2014 will be updated signs, handicapped accessible raps, road restriping and loop detectors for traffic signals.
Other project dollars will come from the Ohio Department of Transportation ($340,000), Monroe Township ($55,000), Miami County Engineer ($61,000), city capital improvement fund ($190,000) and city water fund ($34,000).
In other business, council agreed verbally to give more time to Chris Passon to paint his house and clean up the property at 620 W. Main St. Action against Passon was initiated by the city after it received a complaint about its condition.
City Manager Jon Crusey asked if council wanted to move forward with formal action against Passon after he failed to complete the work by a Sept. 15 deadline. Brad Vath, assistant city manager, said that the lot was cleaned and vehicles on the property are registered and operational.
Paint has been removed from the house, but it has not been painted, Crusey said. And, he said, no request for more time to finish work has been made.
Councilman Mike McDermott said he understood a group from a local church was going to help with the painting. Council members said progress has been made and asked administrators to contact Passon to obtain a new time frame for possible completion of the work needed.
In other business, council approved reissuing bond anticipation notes for up to $3,036,000 for one year. The money was used for capital projects such as Main Street improvements, the South Third Street reconstruction and the fire/EMS station renovations and expansion. The notes will be paid off before the expiration of the 10-year income tax package for capital improvements.
Council also OK’d changes in the way the city Tree Board handles a list of approved tree species for planting in parks, along streets and in other public areas.
The list of approved species now is part of the city’s codified ordinances. That means that the council has to change the ordinance if the tree board wants to add or remove a tree species from the list.
Under the proposal, the list would be removed from the city ordinances and moved to the Tree Board’s required annual plan for trees. Council approves the annual plan.
The change would allow more flexibility for the board for example if there were a need to remove a tree because of disease problems. The annual plan could be changed during the year, if needed, with council approval, Crusey said.
In reports to council, Crusey said 110 vehicles came through during the city’s first electronics recycling day Saturday. The event was in cooperation with Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. Because of the good response, the program likely will be held again next year, Crusey said.