Tipp City Council approves issuance of bond anticipation notes

By Sam Wildow - Miami Valley Today

TIPP CITY — The Tipp City Council approved the issuance of bond anticipation notes in an amount not to exceed $4,975,000 during its meeting on Monday evening.

The issuance and sale of notes in the aggregate principal amount of $4,975,000, in anticipation of the issuance of bonds, is for the purpose of paying the costs of various public infrastructure projects.

City Manager Timothy Eggleston said the city is retiring $2,560,000 in debt. Eggleston said the projects that are being refunded include the utilities’ automatic meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project, Water Tower construction, Main Street lift station, Water Tower number two rehabilitation and painting, a water line replacement, and substation one improvements.

Following that, the council approved a contract with Insight Pipe of Harmony, Pa. for the 2019 sanitary sewer sliplining project. The project cost is $189,117. The city received five bids for the project. Insight Pipe was the lowest and best responsible bid, Eggleston said.

The council also held a number of first readings on new ordinances, beginning with an ordinance amending the 2019 appropriations and modifying the 2019 annual operating budget. Eggleston noted the 2019 appropriations list needed amended to include the cost of health insurance increasing and also the cost of an expanded use of ClerkBase, the website where the city is archiving meeting agendas and minutes, resolutions, ordinances, and more.

Next, the council held the first reading of an annexation of property into the city located at 3285 S. County Road 25-A.

“Dollar General has purchased that property,” Eggleston said. The purpose of the annexation of the approximately 1.3 acre-site, which is the property located east of the Shell station, is to allow for the construction of a Dollar General store.

The council then held first readings of ordinances repealing intervening user fees for three water main extensions that are 25 years old and older. Eggleston said the city is trying to encourage residents to connect up to these systems by getting rid of these fees. The water main extensions include the water main extension along State Route 571, west of Interstate-75, which is over 30 years old; the water main extension along County Road 25-A, north on I-75 at Camp Troy, which is 25 years old; and the water main extensions along County Road 25-A and Evergreen Drive in the city of Tipp City, which are 30 years old.

Also during the council meeting, Mayor Joe Gibson issued a proclamation congratulating the Tippecanoe High School boys soccer team on its Division II state championship win.

“We are very pleased to be able to recognize the efforts of the team here,” Gibson said.

At the end of the meeting during the comment portion of the meeting, Gibson called for public input on the city’s franchise agreements with Barefoot Canoe, which expired in August 2019, and with Adventures on the Great Miami, which expired in August 2017.

The council discussed the agreements during a worksession prior to the council meeting. The city charges 5 percent of the gross sales of both Barefoot Canoe and Adventures on the Great Miami.

Barefoot Canoe has had exclusive access to the building and the fenced-in storage area next to the city’s public launch off of the Great Miami River near City Park. Adventures on the Great Miami does not have use of a fenced-in storage area and are paying for use of the public launch. The building and storage area were originally built by past owners of Barefoot Canoe, but those are now city-owned structures. Council member Frank Scenna noted those structures are scheduled to be taken down in the next three to five years. That structure could be replaced or turned into additional parking at the site.

A representative of Barefoot Canoe noted during the work session that his employees pay city income taxes due to Barefoot Canoe’s use of that storage area. Barefoot Canoe also pays approximately $20 a month for electric service.

Berbach suggested charging a fee for use of the storage facility and not charging a fee to use the public launch. Other options include bidding the use of the facility space as a two-year contract or adding an additional fenced-in area.

At the end of the council’s regular meeting, Gibson asked the public what they would like to happen at that location.

Also during that work session, the council discussed a resident’s request for a deer crossing sign to be installed along Tipp- Cowlesville near the DP&L substation. Finance Director John Green said the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) suggested doing an engineering study to see if it was necessary.

“There’s some difficulty removing a sign once it’s installed,” Green said. “There’s not a lot of guidance.”

City staff also looked at deer crossing signage policies in other states, which included installing deer crossing signs if a certain number of deer-related vehicle accidents — typically three or five, according to the policies listed during the meeting — occur within a year at a certain location. According to the Tipp City Police Department, the city has had eight deer-related crashes in the last three years, each in different parts of the city.

The council suggested the city look at implementing a policy similar to those deer crossing signage policies and not doing an engineering study.

Council member Carrie Arblaster was absent from Monday’s meeting.

By Sam Wildow

Miami Valley Today

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