|Planning Board Asked for Input on Capital Improvements Program|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00|
Tipp City Planning Board members will discuss suggestions for additions to the city’s capital improvements program after being asked for input Sept. 10 by City Manager Jon Crusey.
The invitation came during the city manager’s, annual outline of the city’s proposed capital improvement plans for the next five years during the board’s monthly meeting.
Crusey explained that income tax receipts have exceeded city estimates since the 2011 passage of an income tax package to raise money for capital projects.
While a year-end 2013 capital improvements reserve fund balance was projected at around $100,000, that number in reality would be around $500,000.
The projected 2020 balance, based on projects included in the original capital plan presented to votes, was estimated at $1.7 million. It now is estimated at $3.8 million in 2020 and $5.6 million in 2021.
Stacy Wall, planning board chair, asked for the potential capital projects to be placed for discussion on the board’s Oct. 8 meeting agenda.
Board member Mark Springer asked if there were projects remaining from the master plan for park improvements, which was done before voters approved a 10-year 0.25 percent income tax for parks in 2002. That tax has since expired.
Crusey said “a long list” of possible projects remains from that plan. He added the city Parks Advisory Board also will be asked about suggested future capital projects.
Board member Brent Rawlins, who sat on the citizens committee that reviewed city capital needs and recommended the tax package approved by voters in May 2011, asked if the city had considered a project to address train horns in town.
Crusey said projects to reduce use of train horns are expensive. The city hasn’t look at grants that might be available for such a project, but could if requested, he said.
In explaining the projects done so far with the new tax dollars, Crusey said the major ones were frontloaded over the first couple of years. Among the projects were buying the new fire ladder truck, expanding and renovating the fire/EMS station and reconstructing South Third Street and a section of Dow Street. In addition, the city is paving streets yearly and replacing equipment and vehicles as outlined in the 10-year plan.
Major projects remaining are the second phase of the Dow Street reconstruction in 2014 and the Maple Hill Bridge replacement in 2016.