Two new vehicles for the Tipp City Police Department will be on their way with the city council approval of the purchase Jan. 17.
Council also heard a presentation during its pre-meeting work session on the proposed updated Comprehensive Master Development Plan for the city.
Police Chief Eric Burris said the new vehicles from Lebanon Ford would be purchased through a state cooperative purchasing plan. The cost is not to exceed $56,660 for the 2017 Ford Utility Interceptors.
Council also heard first readings on two ordinances to add the full time position of assistant fire chief/fire inspector and set the pay and benefits for the position.
The position was requested by Fire Chief Steve Kessler. He told council during its budget meetings that he was having problems getting fire inspections done with many of the part time firefighters working more hours at their daily jobs.
Kessler said whoever is hired also would be trained on department payroll, state fire reports and other tasks only he now handles for the department.
The city has approximately 400 businesses while Monroe Township has around 100. The inspector would do both areas.
The proposed salary ordinance change shows the base minimum salary for the new position at $1,740.39 bi-weekly and a maximum of $2,187.98 bi-weekly in 2017.
Council also approved a motion to award $100 bonuses to employees who used no sick time in 2016 and $50 to those who used eight hours or less of the sick leave.
Those receiving $100 bonuses were: Jennifer Yates, Greg Adkins, Dan Rittenhouse, Matt Spring, Mike Deeter, Mark Reed, Brandon Flora and Pete Batting. Those receiving $50 were: Tim Eggleston, Darren Soutar and Rick Koogler.
In other business, Mayor Pat Hale read a proclamation recognizing National School Choice Week.
The comprehensive plan presentation was made by Wendy Moeller, consultant.
A good portion of the plan encourages the city to “keep doing what you are doing” with some tweaks, she said.
One issue heard, she said, was a desire for more senior housing options. Another was residents who said there is a need for clean up of some properties through code enforcement, Moeller said.
She said the plan differed from the last comprehensive plan from 2003 with a focus on trends versus a lot of data. It also shows recent growth of the city at around 1 percent compared to 3-4 percent a few years ago. “People are pretty comfortable with that,” she said.
The draft plan is available for review on the city website, said Brad Vath, assistant city manager.
At the end of the meeting, council went into a closed executive session to discuss pending litigation and the compensation of a public employee.