Council passes resolution for May ballot

TIPP CITY — A resolution directing the Miami County Board of Elections to place a Capital Improvement Renewal levy on the May 4, 2021 ballot was passed at the Tipp City Council meeting held Monday evening.

The renewal levy was first brought before council as an ordinance at the Nov. 16, 2020 meeting after the tax levy renewal that would support the city’s Capital Improvement Plan was rejected by voters in the 2020 general election. All funds from the renewal levy will go toward capital improvement projects within the city. According to Tipp City Manager Tim Eggleston, the previous legislation had the tax renewal levy expiring at the same time as the Capital Improvement Renewal levy.

“(Citizens) will not see an increase (in taxes), they will see a continuation,” Eggleston said.

Some proposed capital improvement projects for 2021 include replacing the current SCBA Cascade/Fill Station with refill oxygen bottles within the city’s Fire and EMS Department and annual safety surface upgrades in city parks. Additionally, street improvement projects planned from 2021 to 2025 including the County Road 25-A expansion and the city-wide asphalt resurfacing project would be funded under the renewal levy.

Several motions appointing council members and city staff to various boards and commissions were also passed at Monday’s meeting:

• Mark Hartman was appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a three-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2023 in an unanimous vote.

• Andrew Thornbury and Vonda Alberson were appointed to the Planning Board for three-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2023 in an unanimous vote.

• Lisa Lawson was appointed to the Restoration Board for a three-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2023 in an unanimous vote.

• Karen Jackson was appointed to the Tree Board for a three-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2023 in a majority vote with council member Mike Jackson abstaining.

• Council President Katelyn Berbach was appointed representative and Mayor Joseph Gibson was appointed alternate to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and Transportation Committee for one-year terms ending on Dec. 31, 2021 in an unanimous vote.

• Eric Mack was appointed representative and Matthew Spring was appointed alternate to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Technical Advisory Committee for one-year terms ending on Dec. 31, 2021 in an unanimous vote.

• Council members Mike Jackson and Mike McFarland were appointed to the Tipp City Volunteer Firemen’s Dependent Board for a one-year term ending on Dec. 31, 2021 in an unanimous vote.

• Council member Kathryn Huffman was appointed representative and council member Logan Rogers was appointed alternate to the Tipp-Monroe Community Services, Inc. Advisory Board for one-year terms expiring on Dec. 31, 2021 in an unanimous vote.

• John Green and Matthew Spring were appointed to the Tipp City Tax Incentive Review Council for one year terms ending on Dec. 31, 2021 in an unanimous vote.

• Mayor Joseph Gibson was appointed representative and Eric Mack was appointed alternate to the OMEA board for one-year terms ending Dec. 31, 2021 in a majority vote with Gibson abstaining.

• Council member Frank Scenna and City Manager Tim Eggleston were appointed to the Downtown Tipp City Partnership for one-year terms ending Dec. 31, 2021 in an unanimous vote.

• Council member Mike Jackson was appointed to the Miami County Council for a one-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2021 in an unanimous vote.

“We did take a little bit of time tonight to appoint members of the community to the boards and commissions that serve us as well; I want to thank them for offering their time to serve their city. Sometimes that’s a thankless job, and there is a little bit of time involved, but I think it’s a very rewarding thing to do, and I thank those who have stepped forward to serve their city,” Gibson said.

The next Tipp City Council meeting will be held 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18.