Projects the city could handle to help the school district with a City Park stadium project were outlined Jan. 17 for the Tipp City Council.

Council members voiced support for the city participation, if the proposed stadium facility would remain at the City Park.

The Tipp City schools board of education was scheduled Monday, Jan. 23, to decide where a project would be pursued.

The city and school board shared the cost of a $20,000 study to explore feasibility of sites at the park and on land next to Tippecanoe High School and secure more detailed cost estimates. Ruetschle Architects handled that work.

City Manager Tim Eggleston outlined for council the series of possible assistance the city could provide to a park stadium project.

The park and stadium belong to the city but under a long-term lease agreement, the schools are responsible for its maintenance and improvements.

“The role of the city in this project is to discuss those items that pertain overall to the City Park proper,” Eggleston said in introducing the presentation. “The stadium belongs to the schools and, as stipulated in the agreement, the schools are responsible for any work being performed inside the fenced area.

Among the projects:

- -       An egress to Third Street from the park to help with traffic flow following events that Eggleston said also could include city events such as the July 4 fireworks. While school architects estimated the cost at $36,000 to prepare and pave an area now a walking path, Eggleston said a curb could be cut for around $1,500 and the path used for traffic only during events.

- -       Stadium lighting removal could be done by city crews vs. the $8,000 estimated in projections

- -       The city could split the cost of the new restroom building for the home team at a cost of around $155,000.

- -       Water taps and appurtenances (connection fee and water meter), estimated at $4,500 could be waived by council.

- -       Electric feeder to buildings could be run by city electric crews to save around $20,000.

- -       An additional parking area at the park is being explored but would not have to be done immediately, Eggleston said. The area currently is used as overflow parking and is where water from existing parking flows. He suggested parking blocks or interlocking pavers allowing water runoff could be installed for an around $40,000 less than estimated lot construction.

- -       Possible elimination of concrete patio slab proposed for home team side for event staging, at a $4,600 savings.

The city also has been asked by the schools to pay for soil borings at the stadium site for $4,235. Council has not decided on that request.

Eggleston said the package of suggested items could reduce the amount of funding stadium supporters would need to raise by around $350,000.

“I want to do our part, for the city to take some leadership role,” Councilman Matt Owen said. “This is as close as I have ever seen it (to becoming reality) … Whether it is in-kind or opening up some roadways, I support what has been presented here today.”

Mayor Pat Hale thanked the staff for the recommendations, adding it is important for council to be involved.

“The work for most part is stuff being done outside the stadium. These are thing we might have considered doing down the road anyway,” he said.

City Finance Director John Green said money for the projects could come from cash balances  “When you are talking $300,000 to $350,000 spaced over a couple of years, that would not be a problem,” he said.

Representatives of the schools, including Superintendent Gretta Kumpf, and the Tipp Pride organization formed to raise money privately for a stadium project attended the council discussion.

Mashell Stith, Tipp Pride president, said she could not yet share details of fundraising but did say a formal gala to benefit the project is being planned for March.

“We feel confident moving forward we are going to be able to raise what we need,” she said.