Water tower demolition, maintenance agreements approved by Tipp City Council

TIPP CITY — Resolutions regarding the maintenance of two water towers and the demolition of one water tower were unanimously approved at Tipp City Council on Monday evening.

The first resolution authorizes City Manager Tim Eggleston to enter into an agreement with Complete Demolition Services of Louisville, Ky., for the demolition of the Bowman Avenue water tower. Fourteen bids were received for the project, with Complete Demolition Services submitting the lowest bid at $84,000.

“T.C. Holzen was up $275,400; it’s been pretty even across the board at increments going up. (We) vetted the contractor intensely to make sure that we were getting what we needed to get with the $84,000 and the city’s engineer and the municipal director are satisfied that the company can do the project for $84,000,” Eggleston said.

It is expected to take three to four weeks to remove the Bowman Avenue water tower.

The second resolution authorizes Eggleston to enter into agreements with Utility Services Company Inc. for the maintenance of the water towers that sit along Harmony Drive and Donn Davis Way in Tipp City at a cost of $58,304 per year over a 10-year period.

“This amount is lower than initially (expected). The towers, they were looked at, and they were found to be in pretty good shape, therefore they weren’t in need of as much maintenance as they thought they would have been,” Eggleston said.

According to the agreement, Utility Services Company Inc. will inspect the towers in the city and determine if maintenance and repainting is required, which is included in the proposed cost. Inspections will occur yearly, with the first inspection set 10 months from now. The goal is to extend the life of the towers and to maintain water quality. Any cost that is incurred over the 10-year period that is not covered by the city will be covered by Utility Services Company Inc. Each water tower will have its own contract.

During citizen comments on items not on the agenda, Tipp City Downtown Partnership Executive Director Kim Bulgin spoke on behalf of the partnership, thanking council for the support given to the partnership over the years and asking for the council’s continued support.

“We truly couldn’t do what we do without the support of our city, our mayor, our city manager and our city council members. Truly, from the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you,” Bulgin said. “Even during this year, while facing a pandemic and a new combination of restrictions, we have already brought in 2,500 visitors, and another 2,200 are projected for the next three months.”

Bulgin also spoke about events the partnership will be putting on throughout the remainder of the year, including a modified version of the annual Tipp City Mum Festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 with four food truck vendors participating as well as area businesses and the Tipp City Public Library, which will be holding their sidewalk sale. The October Beer Crawl will be held from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 2. The Merchant’s Trick or Treat will be held downtown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31. The Yuletide Winter Gathering has received approval from Miami County Public Health to continue, and the partnership is currently in the planning stages for that event.

“We are carrying on and hopeful to bring back some normalcy to downtown,” Bulgin said.

During comments from councilmembers, Tipp City Mayor Joseph Gibson reminded the public that early voting begins Oct. 3 with the official election date set for Nov. 3, and that anyone wishing to vote by absentee ballot can request a ballot from their local board of elections.

“Please, please vote. Tell your friends, and help everybody out to get to the polling places, or connect them with the board of elections so they can do it themselves. The vote is the most precious thing we have, and so please exercise that right however you can,” Gibson said.

The council also approved the following items Monday by unanimous vote:

• A resolution accepting the amounts and tax rates as determined by the Miami County Budget Commission, authorizing the regular statutory tax levies authorized and allowed by law thereby for the Municipality of Tipp City, Ohio, for such fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 2021 and certifying such levies to the County Auditor.

• A resolution authorizing the city manager to sign and execute an agreement between the city of Tipp City and HSA Commercial Real Estate for the extension of Abbott Park Way.

• A resolution authorizing and directing the city manager to enter into a contract with the law office of Miami County Public Defender.

• A motion setting Oct. 19, 2020 as the public hearing date for the rezoning of 425 W. Kerr Road.

• A motion setting Oct. 29, 2020 as Beggar’s Night in Tipp City.