Tipp City Council indicated support Monday, Nov. 21, for building a new water tower versus rehabilitating the aging Bowman Avenue water tower.

With that support, the city will prepare an application – due in December – for an interest free loan through the Ohio Public Works Commission for a tower project. The loan program is competitive and the city should know early next year whether it would receive the loan, said Brad Vath, assistant city manager.

As it continued to debate the fate of the Bowman Avenue tower, built in 1935, council heard in recent months information on the need to provide more water pressure for fighting fires.

With that information, council sought more details on options for rehabilitating or building new.

Eric Mack, deputy director of municipal services and engineering, outlined the options for council Monday.

The estimated cost to rehabilitate the existing tower was listed at approximately $800,000 to $1 million. The estimated cost to build new at one of three sites looked at by the city ranged from $2.27 million to $2.4 million.

The sites reviewed included privately owned land off South Hyatt Street near St. John’s Church; the area of Liberty Commons, just south Main Street; and land just west of the city service center building off North Sixth Street.

Mack said the South Hyatt Street site would provide “the best benefits” to the water system and have limited residential property exposure.

Council agreed.

While the OPWC loan application is completed, talks will be held with the property owner about possible purchase.

If the city does not receive the loan, other options for financing will be developed for council consideration, City Manager Tim Eggleston said.

In other business at its meeting Monday, council:

- -       Witnessed the swearing in of new city law director Jonathan Freeman.

- -       Approved a contact with Professional Electric Products of Akron for purchase of steel and major equipment needed for substation three. The cost will be $268,100.

- -       Declared a city owned pickup truck as surplus property no longer of use to the city.

- -       Heard Mayor Pat Hale read a proclamation recognizing local business Regal Beloit for its philanthropy.