Prayer for guidance was led by Pastor Dan Glover of the Tipp City United Methodist Church.
President Hale called the roll and Pre-meeting and meeting minutes were approved with Kessler abstaining due to absence.
Mike McDermott provided a brief update regarding the Income Tax Campaign Committee. Mr. McDermott thanked those members of the Citizens for a Strong Tipp City that were a major part in leading the levy campaign towards a successful result (841 votes to 671 votes). Among those thanked for their individual support were Mr. Adam Blake, the committee’s co-Chair and Mark Mabelitini.
Mr. McDermott was pleased to report that of the dozen voting districts that make up Tipp City, there were none that failed to pass the tax levy measure. “I believe that this may be a testament to the work of the committee to ensure that the facts about the tax levy were adequately delivered to voters, and that in turn residents agreed with the proper funding of two of our most important municipal assets”.
In closing Mr. McDermott stated that the committee hoped that over the next 10 years Council will ensure that the $13 million in additional revenue directed to Capital Improvements will be spent on the projects identified and provided by the 10 year CIP committee.
On the agenda for this evening there was a single ordinance to assess those property owners on Horton and Hartman for curb, gutter, sidewalk and driveway approach replacements made during the recent street reconstruction. Those that cannot or do not pay for the assessment by the due date will have the amount tacked on to their property’s tax duplicate and spread out in payments over the next 10 years. The average assessment was stated to be around $200, however one of the largest property owners on Hartman will be assessed $2,000 for the replacement of their curb, gutter, sidewalk and driveway approaches. The ordinance passed unanimously.
Several resolutions were on the docket this evening. All of them having to do with the purchasing of new trucks for the City fleet of vehicles. The vehicles under consideration were a 1996 Ford 250, (2) 2001 Dodge Ram 1500, and a 2000 Ford 350 used as the wood chipper. City Council voted to support the purchases unanimously with the exception of the 200 Ford F350. Councilman Budding disagreed to it’s purchase as well as Gibson and Black, regardless, all vehicles on the docket for purchase passed.
Resolution were also passed unanimously in support of the use of an Alternative tax form to submit to the Miami County Budget Commission. This form takes less time to complete and therefore costs less to generate.
The final resolution for the evening was one authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for the planting of prairie grasses in Kyle Park.