Council approves removal of parking limit signage

TIPP CITY — A motion to remove the two-hour parking limitation signs in downtown was passed unanimously at Tipp City Council’s Monday meeting.

The motion approved to remove the two-hour parking limit signs has been a point of discussion at council for several months now, with members of the public feeling like the two-hour parking limit doesn’t give them as much time to shop at local businesses downtown. Additionally, employees of downtown businesses have been struggling to find parking close to their workplace.

Additionally, a resolution passed permitting city manager Tim Eggleston to purchase a new truck for the electrical department.

One Freightliner M2 cab and chassis will be purchased from Utility Truck Equipment, Inc., through the state of Ohio Purchasing Plan with a budget of $249,507.00 for purchasing. Additionally, the resolution declares that a 2011 International 7400 4×4 Versalift bucket truck is surplus property and authorizes its disposal. The purchase of the new truck is one of many purchases part of the city’s Capital Improvement Plan for 2021.

“This vehicle has been giving us a number of issues — mostly the engine,” Eggleston said. “I understand through the mechanics that the engine of the International has been kind of a lemon of this truck.”

Council member Mike Jackson asked for clarification on whether just the cab and chassis would be purchased, or if the entire truck would be included in that purchase. Director of Municipal Services Eric Mack clarified that the entire truck, lift included, would be purchased and that the resolution would be authorizing that full purchase.

“The bottom line is that we’re replacing one vehicle with another, and it’s got all the equipment and stuff on it,” Mayor Joseph Gibson said.

Gibson went on to ask if this was a new purchase that had to be inserted into the vehicle rotation schedule, or if it was already slated for this year. According to Mack, the purchase of the new truck is one of many purchases part of the city’s Capital Improvement Plan for 2021.

Several other items were also unanimously approved at Monday’s meeting:

• An ordinance repealing ordinance 39-90, amended by ordinance 19-93 establishing intervening user fees for the water/sewer main extensions north of State Route 571, west of Interstate 75, east of Peters Road, and south of the Northern Corporation line.

• An ordinance repealing ordinance 6-94 establishing intervening user fees for the North-East Sewer Main Extension along Donn Davis Way, East Kessler-Cowelsville Road, South Tipp-Cowlesville Road, and Crane Road.

• An ordinance repealing ordinance 17-05, amended by resolution 23-15 establishing intervening user fees for the Water/Sewer Main Extensions on Kessler-Cowlesville, Tipp-Cowlesville (Hyatt) and Crane Roads.

• An ordinance approving public improvements by the Developer of Fieldstone Place Subdivision, phase two, excluding sidewalks and final course of asphalt for which cash surety is posted.

• An ordinance approving public improvements by the developer of Cedar Grove, Subdivision, phase three, excluding sidewalks and final course of asphalt for which cash surety is posted.

• A resolution authorizing the city manager to sign and execute any agreements and contracts associated with the widening of county road 25-A between approximately 300 feet north of Floral Acres Drive and the Interstate 75 southbound ramps. Tipp City is responsible for 20 percent of the total estimated project. The project includes curb, curb ramps, storm sewer modifications, traffic signal upgrades, signage, and pavement markings lying within the City of Tipp City.

• A motion to accept the recommendation of the Tax Incentive Review Council to find that the Granger Group/Randall Residence Tipp City Land LLC is in compliance with the TIF requirements and for it to be continued.

• A motion allowing Tipp City chief of police Eric Burris and Eggleston to sign the temporary alcohol permit application for the Canal Music Festival, as well as authorizing Eggleston to enter into an agreement with the Tipp City Area Arts Council.

Tipp City Council will meet with Monroe Township Trustees at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23. The next city council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 5.