City, township, schools meet

Water, sewer extension discussed

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — Representatives of the city, schools and township met Monday night for their quarterly Tri-Agency meeting to discuss current and upcoming projects.

Monroe Township hosted the meeting and discussed the water and sewer extension to Country Estates East, which is nearing completion.

“Primarily the engineering firm has pulled out. The construction firm has a few things to do,” he said.

Trustee Ron Thuma said when the project began, the township expected about 60 percent resident tie-in to the water and sewer lines. He said the actual number has been closer to 95 percent.

“You can count on your hand the number that didn’t,” he said.

Thuma added that most residents he has spoken with are enjoying the access to reliably clean water.

Thuma also suggested a meeting between city and township officials to discuss other water and sewer line extension requests or future projects.

“Maybe the council could give it some thought to sit down and have just a little task force. Not only to look at that situation, but to look at a couple other subdivisions and see if there’s some way we could cooperatively do something,” he said.

Tipp City Schools Superintendent Gretta Kumpf updated the group on facilities planning, which is ongoing.

The district is planning updates to L.T. Ball Intermediate School and the Middle School this summer, including HVAC installation, roofing and security upgrades.

She also displayed some concepts for a proposal to build a new pre-kindergarten through fifth grade building around L.T. Ball. In any of the configurations, the current building would largely be shared space like a cafeteria and art classrooms, while additions would be classroom space, she said.

Kumpf also talked about the school’s new online tip line, where students, parents and the community can send concerns and other information to administrators. SafeSchools Alert can be accessed on the district’s homepage,

“So far we have had 29 tips. Some of those are actually compliments or kudos, which is nice, but others are just helpful information,” she said.

According to City Manager Tim Eggleston, designs for the reconstruction of the city’s Substation No. 1 have been completed. Bids for the project will begin in May. He said the project to replace the substation, which is about 40 years old, is expected to be completed in October 2019.

The city is also continuing work on County Road 25-A

“If you all haven’t seen it on 25-A, they’ve laid the first line, first row of the asphalt,” he said.

Eggleston also said that planned upgrades to the city’s aquatic center have been delayed until after the upcoming pool season. He said the state has only one employee that reviews plans of this sort and that employee has been unable to approve the city’s plans for the pool.

Water, sewer extension discussed

By Cecilia Fox

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