TIPP CITY — At their meeting Tuesday night, the Tipp City Council discussed improvements the city would be willing to perform in City Park, should the school district choose to keep the stadium in its current location.
Council discussed pledging about $350,000 in improvements and in-kind work to the project, including upgrades to the parking lot, restrooms, water and sewer connections, and egress to Third Street.
“It’s things that we might have considered possibly doing down the road anyway,” Mayor Pat Hale said.
Opening up egress to Third Street would be an easy way to help clear the parking lot faster after events, City Manager Tim Eggleston said. City electric crews could also assist in the removal of the stadium lights, he said.
The biggest expenses would be $155,340 for new restrooms and approximately $150,000 for parking improvements. Council discussed using grid-like pavers to expand parking during busy periods, while also protecting the grass.
The city and the school district split the $20,000 cost of a concept plan and detailed cost estimates from Ruetschle Architects to determine the future home of the stadium. The city owns the property, while the school is responsible for the stadium itself.
The school board is expected to make a decision regarding the location at their meeting next Monday.
If the board decides to keep the stadium in the park, council would take steps to appropriate the funds as plans for the project move forward.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done,” Eggleston said. “We will be part of that planning process all along.”
Finance Director John Green said that “when you’re talking $350,000 spaced out over a couple of years, that would not be a problem.”
“We’re confident we can make this work,” Eggleston added.
The school district’s architect estimated that the cost of a new stadium at the park would be about $6.2 million, while a stadium next to the high school could cost about $7 million.
“I want to do our part for the city to take some leadership role to support this effort,” Councilman Matt Owen said. “I think it’s a very good opportunity for the city… I support what has been presented here today.”
In other business, council approved the purchase of two new police cruisers at a total cost of $56,660. The 2017 Ford Utility Interceptors will be purchased through state cooperative purchasing from Lebanon Ford of Lebanon, Ohio.
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