By Joyell Nevins
May 10, 2014
By CECILIA FOX
Record Herald Writer
TIPP CITY - At Monday night’s meeting, City Council approved purchases and contracts totalling more than a million dollars.
Council authorized the purchase of a $335,707 hydro-excavator vacuum truck for the water, sewer, and electric departments. This truck will replace two older models. This purchase was under budget and is expected to cut maintenance costs by having only one unit instead of two.
Hydro-excavation uses pressurized water and a powerful vacuum to simultaneously excavate and evacuate soil. This method is often used to expose underground utilities that might be damaged by heavier equipment.
Council also approved a $231,596 contract with Sturm Construction for the Warner, Bowman, and West Plum Street waterline replacement project. The water mains on these streets are currently undersized, often only four or six inches in diameter instead of the eight inches which the city’s code requires.
“They need to be replaced prior to our repaving program,” City Manager Brad Vath said.
All three streets will be repaved in 2015; the water lines will be replaced this year.
Council voted to fill two empty seats on the Planning Board, appointing Andrew Thornberry and Milton Eichman to replace Paul Lee, who was removed from the board, and Brent Rawlins, who resigned.
At a special meeting on March 11, Council voted five to one to remove Lee from the board after receiving a complaint that Lee voted on an agenda item in which he had a personal interest. Though Lee denied having any personal interest in the vote, most of Council felt that he acted improperly by voting on agenda item concerning a property the neighbored his own.
Rawlins also left the board in March, resigning in protest of changes made to the city’s new zoning code. The new changes, which were intended to allow city staff more decision making ability, reduced the role of the Planning Board and are “detrimental to the idea of good government,” Rawlins wrote in his resignation letter.
Council also voted to appoint Carrie Arblaster to the vacant seat on the Board of Zoning Appeals.
A revised Canal Music Festival agreement was also approved. A motion approving the agreement was required after it was amended to include both the Downtown Tipp City Partnership and Tipp Monroe Community Services. Nothing else in the agreement has changed, City Law Director David Caldwell said. The festival will take place June 14 in City Park.
Mayor Pat Hale presented a proclamation to Police Chief Eric Burris proclaiming the week of May 12 to May 16 to be Police Memorial Week.