Supporters of a new scoreboard for the stadium at Tipp City Park cleared a hurdle Monday, July 17, with City Council’s vote, 5-1, to approve an ordinance containing scoreboard regulations specifically for the park.
Current ordinances do not contain provisions for scoreboards.
The proposed new scoreboard is a key piece of the plan by the nonprofit Tipp Pride Association (TPA) to raise more than $5 million privately for a stadium at the park.
The new ordinance includes provisions matching the elements TPA and the schools propose in a scoreboard including a maximum height of 35 feet and maximum area of 625 square feet. The new scoreboard would be in the same location as the current structure, council was told.
Councilman John Kessler voted against the proposal and Mayor Pat Hale was not at the meeting. Hale said at council’s last meeting that he supported the proposal.
Kessler said he opposed the ordinance calling the scoreboard proposal in excess.
“I think it’s too much. I don’t see the need for a replay screen,” Kessler said.
City resident Abby Bowling asked council to reject the proposal “based on content and the precedent” approval would set.
Council also heard from three school representatives and scoreboard supporters during a public hearing before its vote.
JD Foust, high school athletic director, showed council images of the existing scoreboard and the proposed larger version with more features including video screen. “Eventually, I think this is very fitting for the stadium we are shooting for,” he said.
The screen will help in an expanded role of the scoreboard of recognizing student accomplishments in athletics, band and other areas, Foust said.
Scoreboard advertising will be a big part of the stadium project fundraising and also down the road as money would be needed for facility maintenance, he said.
School board President Sam Spano thanked city staff and the planning board, which recommended the scoreboard ordinance, for their efforts. He noted that following years of discussion about a stadium, “there is a lot of momentum.”
Schools Superintendent Gretta Kumpf said a new scoreboard as part of the stadium construction would help “enhance the sports viewing experience.”
The scoreboard ordinance was proposed after the city Board of Zoning Appeals voted in May to deny variances requested for the scoreboard height and area. The schools could have appealed those votes to the Miami County Common Pleas Court.
Instead, City Manager Tim Eggleston said he told the schools they could ask the planning board and council to consider adding language to the city sign ordinance to specifically address a scoreboard.
In other business Monday,
- Council met in a closed executive session to discuss imminent litigation. No action was taken following that discussion.
- Council approved a resolution to contact with Insituform Technologies of Lebanon to conduct a sewer slip lining project this year for $68,775.
- Eggleston said the second phase of the South County Road 25A project is now scheduled to begin Aug. 14.