As the Tipp City schools discuss possibilities for a new stadium, the city needs to have “serious discussions” about the future of the City Park stadium site, Mayor Pat Hale told fellow city council members Sept. 21.
The board has not settled on a stadium location, at this point discussing possible funding to replace the City Park stadium. Both the park and property near the high school are the sites mentioned.
Hale said during comments at council’s meeting last week that “it is quite obvious the school system is working on a new football field by the high school.”
Whether a project moves forward in the near future, or down the road, Hale said it “behooves us to plan ahead, start thinking about that now. He also suggested council consider setting aside seed money as it looks at the possible future of the land.
The council met Monday for its annual capital improvement program discussion and will hold its annual budget work session at the end of October.
Among votes taken at the Sept. 21 meeting, council approved an agreement for the Ohio Department of Transportation to micro surface and overlay portions of State Route 571 (Main Street) at no cost to the city. The work will not include Main Street downtown, council was told.
Also approved was a resolution declaring as surplus property a 2001 Chevrolet Impala and a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria. The disposal will be via a government auction web site.
In other business Sept. 21, council agreed to set a public hearing for its Oct. 19 meeting on the proposed amendment to the city code on solar panel installation. The city Planning Board in September recommended council approve the change.
The current code requires roof mounted solar panels to be flush mounted or integrated with the roof surface. The solar industry standards, however, indicate flush mounted solar panels are installed on carrying rails that are parallel to the roof surface, Matt Spring, city planner, told the board. The panels using that system would be up to six inches above the roof surface.
The proposed zoning code amendment would remove reference to integrated panels and add that the roof-mounted solar panels are installed parallel and up to six inches above the surface.
Council heard a first reading on a reappropriation ordinance that would amend the 2015 approved appropriations to reflect the current status of funds.
Also receiving a first reading was an ordinance that would bring in line with state law the penalty for failing to file annual vehicle registrations. The state law recently changed the violation from a fourth degree misdemeanor to a minor misdemeanor.
In public comments, council heard again from Larry Brown, a resident of South Tipp-Cowlesville Road, about vehicle noise, particularly motorcycles.
Brown has appeared before council since 2012 asking for more measures against and stricter enforcement of existing noise regulations.
Several council members said that the police department has stepped up enforcement and that they don’t believe additional regulations such as those based on decibels are warranted at this time. Council members pointed to other noise people live with such as that from the interstate and trains traveling through town at all hours.
Brown also asked Law Director David Caldwell, who said at a previous meeting he owns a motorcycle, to discuss his thoughts on a motorcycle noise ordinance and other related issues. Council President Joe Gibson said he would not ask Caldwell to answer the questions unless council asked for the information. Council members did not.
Councilman John Kessler said he would consider the city adding more regulations of motorcycles as government micromanagement.