TIPP CITY — On Monday, the Tipp City council added the newly created positions of fire and EMS chief and assistant police chief to the city’s pay and benefit schedule.
Mayor Joe Gibson also swore in the newest police officer, Mike Morgan.
“It is indeed an honor and a pleasure to welcome the newest member of our City of Tipp City community,” he said.
The ordinance adding the new positions to the city’s pay schedule set the maximum bi-weekly salary for the new assistant police chief at $3,617.94, and at $3,989.74 for the chief of fire and emergency services.
At a recent meeting, Police Chief Eric Burris said the creation of the new role would create more opportunity for advancement in the department and transfer administrative duties away from the sergeants to the assistant, allowing the sergeants to spend more time with officers.
Council also voted to approve the 2019 budget and appropriations. The 2019 operating budget proposes $46,683,415 in total appropriations.
They also authorized the re-issuance of bond anticipation notes in an amount not to exceed $7,535,000 for bonds that were originally issued in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2017 for completion of the projects including County Road 25-A improvements, the 2013 Main Street reconstruction project, and other infrastructure projects.
The city will increase the amount paid to the Tipp City United Methodist Church for parking. The church has allowed public parking in its lot at the corner of West Main Street and South Third Street since 2001. In return, the city has paid $1,500 annually to help offset the cost of maintaining the lot. Council voted to increase that amount to $2,500 annually.
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