TIPP CITY — With summer beginning and the school year ending, representatives of local boards met for their regular Tri-Agency meeting Tuesday night.
Members of the Tipp City school board, Monroe Township officials, and city staff met to discuss current topics and upcoming events.
“Work on 25-A is coming along,” City Manager Tim Eggleston said, referring to the reconstruction project on County Road 25-A.
He added that once the west side curb work goes in, the city will be able to open three lanes, allowing progress on the east side ton continue without hindering traffic.
Eggleston also said that the annual sidewalk repair program has started and that the paving program will be starting soon. He added that the work should be done before school starts.
Vectren will also be in town this summer making improvements to gas lines, Eggleston said.
He mentioned that there may be a few industries interested in coming to Tipp City, though he could not discuss specifics. He also noted that a local company, Repacorp, is expanding and the city is working with them to expedite the process.
According to Monroe Township Trustee Ron Thuma, the township will not conduct a blacktop program this year. Instead, a curb replacement program will take precedence.
“The biggest thing is we want to get these curbs done,” he said. “About every so many years we go through and do them, get them up to repair.”
The township will restart the blacktop program next year.
Thuma mentioned that township is continuing to work on the water and sewer line extension to Country Estates East. Plans have been submitted to the EPA, and once they are approved, the township can more forward with the bidding process, he added.
Work on project should begin this fall, Thuma said, and it will likely take about 17 months.
Thuma also updated the group on the current plans for the new Tipp City senior center.
“To be honest with you, I think they’re doing a great job,” Thuma said, adding that the trustees have been attending the seniors’ planning meetings.
The Tipp City Seniors have hired an architect and a project manager, Thuma said. He also noted that the center is picking up new members as planning goes forward.
School has wrapped up for the year, and the district will soon be looking for a new high school principal, an assistant middle school principal, and an athletic director, Superintendent Dr. Gretta Kumpf said.
Over the summer, district will be looking for replacements for those positions. The district will also be replacing several teachers. Assistant Middle School Principal and Athletic Director Katy Barker will take over as principal at Nevin Coppock.
Kumpf noted that it is not unusual for staff members choose to leave the district or retire at the end of the school year.
The school board also recently approved a contract with the teachers’ association.
“That’s a good thing, we’ve been working long and hard on that for many months,” she said.
The district is already planning for an upcoming renewal levy in 2017, Kumpf said. That levy may be on the May or November ballot next year. She added that the district will need to decide “what form that will be in.”
The annual Tipp Monroe Community Services “Lunch on Us” program will begin Monday, Director Kathy Taylor said.
The program provides free lunches for all children through high school every weekday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch service begins June 6 and ends Aug. 19. It will be closed July 4.
There are four service locations this year: on Meadow Drive off of Ginghamsburg-Frederick Road, at Tweed Woods Park on Sequoia Court, at the Bellview Apartments off Maynard Drive, and on Elas Court off of Woodlawn Drive.
This program is supported by area churches, businesses, and residents, as well as Thrivent, the Tipp City Area Community Foundations, Needy Basket and United Way.
Coming up in November, TMCS will have a 0.5 mill replacement levy on the ballot. This levy is crucial, Taylor said, because the organization can no longer function on 1992 property values.
“We just can’t do it anymore,” she said.
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