The Tipp City Council voted unanimously Monday, Feb. 6, to affirm its support of the city schools preliminary design for and location of a stadium at City Park and to pay $4,235 for soil borings at that site.

The board of education voted in January to move forward with a project at the site of the current stadium in the park. The Tipp Pride Association is working to raise money privately for a $5.6 million project.

The schools had asked the city to pay for the soil borings as part of the collection of information on the park site and property near Tippecanoe High School during a feasibility study of potential project sites.

City Manager Tim Eggleston said the soil boring locations are in the areas where buildings for the stadium would be constructed.

Council President Joe Gibson said council’s votes “underscores our commitment to work with the schools.”

The council in January discussed providing an estimated $350,000 of in-kind services and funding toward the stadium project.

In other business Monday, council discussed with the Tipp City Senior Citizens the seniors’ request for fee and utility forgiveness for the new seniors center to be built off North Hyatt Street. Residents of the city and township in November 2015 approved a five-year levy for money to build a center for the organization.

The seniors last fall asked the council to consider waiving utility connection fees for the new building, now estimated at around $10,000; the intervening user fees associated with the property, at a cost of $31,295; and facility water, sewer and electric fees, now paid by the city at $5,432 a year.

Council members did not favor covering the intervening user fees, citing no precedent of the city waiving those fees. More support was voiced for waiving the connection fees. Various options for the utility costs were suggested before some council members requested more detailed information on estimated utility costs at the new and larger facility.

John Berk of the seniors building committee said the project also is being supported by money generated by fundraisers and other activities by the center membership. “We are building to be growing, which we want to do over time,” he said.

Bidding on the project is planned in the near future, said Walter Burton a consultant working with the seniors.

Council Monday also:

- -       Approved the new city Comprehensive Land Use Plan, which is available for review on the city website.

- -       Approved the new position of assistant fire chief/fire inspector and set the pay and benefits for the position.  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.

- -       Approved an increase in the pay for the council clerk position held by Janice Bates. The pay will go from $150 a week to $163.46 per week, or $8,500 per year. The increase is retroactive to Nov. 1, 2016.

- -       Approved the city’s financial participation in the Miami County Hazardous Materials (Haz-Mat) program by providing $3,010 toward the part time hazardous materials coordinator. Others participating in the program are Troy, Piqua and Miami County.