Tipp City Council appoints mayor, president

By Sam Wildow - Miami Valley Today

TIPP CITY — The Tipp City Council re-appointed Joe Gibson as the city’s mayor and Katelyn Berbach as the council president during its meeting on Monday.

Incoming board member Michael McFarland and returning board member Logan Rogers took oaths of office during Monday’s meeting. Gibson also took the oath of office for the mayor position. They each expressed appreciation to the residents of Tipp City. Gibson said he has felt “a feeling of home and acceptance” as an “adopted son of Tipp City.”

The council then approved an ordinance revising the city’s thoroughfare plan. This removes a planned roadway between the Interstate Crossings Business Park and Peters Road from the official city of Tipp City thoroughfare plan. The roadway would have extended through the center of a potential Meijer expansion.

The council then approved a resolution authorizing a change in the compensation of the clerk of council, Janice Bates, who also serves as the executive assistant to city manager Timothy Eggleston. The resolution provides an increase to Bates’ current salary from $200 per week to $206 per week, or $10,712 per annum, for the additional job responsibilities and time commitment required as the clerk of council. This resolution is also retroactive to Nov. 1, 2019.

The council then approved a 5 percent wage increase for Eggleston, increasing Eggleston’s bi-weekly salary from $4,230.77 to $4,442.31. This resolution is retroactive to Nov. 17, 2019.

“We appreciate all your hard work,” Gibson said to Eggleston and Bates.

Next on the agenda, the council approved a construction agreement the Cedar Grove Planned Residential Development Subdivision, Phase Three. The Cedar Grove Subdivision is a planned 71-acre subdivision located at 610 Kessler-Cowlesville Road, directly adjacent of the Meijer Distribution Center. It includes two zoning districts, including approximately 7.454 acres of planned commercial space and approximately 63.611 acres of planned residential space. Phase Three will include approximately 34 single-family residential lots. The council then held the first reading of an ordinance that would approve the final plan/plat for the Cedar Grove Subdivision, Phase Three.

Council also made a number of appointments to boards, including the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Planning Board, the Restoration Board, the Parks Board, the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and Transportation Committee, the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Technical Advisory Committee, the Tipp City Volunteer Firemen’s Depdendent Board, the Tipp-Monroe Community Services, Inc., Advisory Board, the Tipp City Tax Incentive Review Council, the OMEA board, Downtown Tipp City, and the Miami County Council.

At the end of the meeting, Berbach said the council will be interviewing approximately five out of 16 candidates to fill two empty seats on the council at 6 p.m. Jan. 13. The council will then appoint the new members to council during a special meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 15.

“We thank everybody for their interest,” Berbach said.

By Sam Wildow

Miami Valley Today

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