Council discusses bridge replacement

TIPP CITY — At their meeting Monday night, the Tipp City council weighed road project options and discussed issues of privacy.

During council’s study session, Assistant City Manager Brad Vath presented two options for the Maple Hill bridge: a $1 million road realignment project versus the $340,600 replacement of the Maple Hill Road bridge.

“The bridge is really at the very end of its useful life,” Vath said.

The bridge was originally constructed in 1935, reconstructed in 1965 and resurfaced in 1998. The bridge has a low sufficiency rating — 16.2 compared to the Hathaway bridge at 96.9 — and has been weight reduced. The width of the bridge has also been decreased for vehicle safety.

The road realignment option would abandon the current Maple Hill Road and relocate the roadway to align with Kyle Park Drive. This option would require right-of-way acquisition from adjacent property owners and bring the new road close to a residence.

Council directed city staff toward the bridge replacement option, citing concerns about reordering future project funding to make the road realignment project happen. The city will apply for Ohio Public Works Commission funding for new bridge, which would likely begin construction in July of 2018.

During the study session, Council also discussed whether it would be permissible for the city to live stream video of the aquatic center online.

Council and staff discussed whether streaming video of the pool could be used as a marketing tool to draw visitors to the center. Council also entertained the idea of placing cameras downtown so that viewers could see what’s happening in Tipp City.

Councilwoman Katelyn Berbach said the notion of cameras at the pool was “downright creepy.”

Councilman John Kessler pointed out that residents should be able to call the center to find out whether or not it is open and that it is the responsibility of aquatic center staff to answer the phones.

Council President Joe Gibson said that a live stream of the historic downtown could be interesting, but it is important for guests to feel comfortable using the pool.

At their meeting, Council authorized the purchase of several vehicles for city departments.

The city will purchase two 2015 GMC Sierra trucks at a cost of $27,326 each. The first truck will go to the Parks Department and will replace one 1998 Ford Ranger. The second truck replaces a 2003 Ford F250 in the Street Department.

Council also approved the purchase of a 2015 John Deere 5075M utility tractor for the Parks Department at a cost of $27,385 through the state’s cooperative purchasing plan. A 2000 John Deere tractor was declared surplus property.

Council passed a resolution of necessity for sidewalk repairs as part of the city’s annual sidewalk improvement program. The city inspects curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and driveway approaches throughout the city and marks certain areas for replacement.

Property owners will be notified of the need for repairs or replacement and will have 30 days to comply. This resolution permits the city to make necessary repairs and bill those costs to the property owner. The estimated cost of the project is $22,605.

This year’s project involves properties on Lantana Court, Stonecress Drive, North Garber Drive. North Westedge Drive, North Bowman Drive, Warner Drive, North Tippecanoe Drive, North Third Street, and Parkwood Drive.