TIPP CITY — One homeowner’s request to have his property removed from the city’s restoration district was denied at the Tipp City Council meeting Monday night.
Brian Land, owner of the 10 E. Walnut St. house, requested the change and told the council at a previous meeting that he wants to install vinyl siding, instead of searching for matching wood needed to repair the outside of his house. Vinyl siding is not permitted under historic district guidelines.
Council voted to uphold the negative recommendations of the Restoration and Planning Boards. The homeowner was not present at the meeting.
“I don’t have a problem letting the gentleman do it,” councilman John Kessler said. “As a homeowner, I don’t like being dictated to.”
He said that homeowners should be able to use modern materials that look like original materials, which are often less expensive but are prohibited by Restoration District guidelines.
“I’m going to vote no on this, but I would like to see it looked at and really gone over,” councilwoman Dee Gillis said of the Restoration District guidelines. “If they have stuff out there that looks exactly like what they had back in the day, why shouldn’t that be able to be used?”
In other business, council approved a contract with Compass Point Planning to update the city’s comprehensive master development plan. Compass Point is the same group of consultants that handled the city’s zoning code update. The work will be completed at an estimated $74,099, under the $95,000 budgeted for the project.
Council also approved a 4 percent increase in the law director’s salary, from $42,312 to $44,004. Law Director David Caldwell has received three cost of living increases in his four years with the city, but has not received any merit increases since 2012.
“During my time here, Mr. Caldwell’s consult and work has been invaluable in representing and defending the city in court, as well as keeping the city out of litigation,” city manager Tim Eggleston said.
Council also approved an ordinance changing the method of compensation for the city’s volunteer personnel in the EMS Division.
The EMS Division’s volunteer staff currently receive hourly on-call pay. The city will now provide volunteer personnel with a bi-weekly stipend of $50.
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