City, township, school officials meet


By Cecilia Fox - [email protected]



TIPP CITY — Representatives from the City of Tipp City, Monroe Township, and the Tipp City school district met Tuesday for their quarterly Tri-Agency meeting to discuss ongoing and upcoming projects and plans.

City Manager Tim Eggleston shared an update on several roadwork projects in the city

Work on making Weller Drive a two-way street is expected to begin in the spring, Eggleston said. The project engineering is being finalized and the project is set to be out to bid soon. The replacement of Maple Hill bridge is also set for 2017.

The second phase of the County Road 25-A reconstruction project is scheduled for next year, Eggleston added.

City officials also discussed a new business that may be coming to town. A Wisconsin-based plastics company, Gateway Plastics, is considering locating a new manufacturing plant in Tipp City.

“What makes my job easy is that we have such a great community where our township, our schools, and our city work well together. That’s what industries and businesses are looking for,” Assistant City Manager Brad Vath said.

The Tipp City Economic Development Committee has recommended an enterprise zone agreement offering a 75 percent tax abatement for 12 years, which will have to be approved by the school district, Miami Valley Career Technology Center, the city council and the Miami County Commissioners.

According to Superintendent Gretta Kumpf, the school district is continuing to work with the state on facilities planning.

“We continue to work the with (Ohio Facilities Construction Commission,) providing them information and looking to have an upcoming meeting with them,” Kumpf said.

The district and the city also recently approved a joint $20,000 design services study to look at possible locations and plans for a new athletic stadium.

A community group, Tipp Pride, has formed to assist in raising private funds for the stadium, Kumpf noted. The group has a charter, elected officers, and is working to become a 501(c)3 organization, school board members added.

Monroe Township has a combined fire and emergency medical services levy on the ballot next week, township trustee Phil Cox reminded the different board members.

The five-year, 2 mill levy combines two existing fire and EMS levies. The new levy would generate $273,099 annually.

This change also means that township will come to the voters for levy approval less often, and save money on filing fees to put the levy on the ballot, Cox said.

Cox also added that bids have been received for the water and sewer line extension to Country Estates East. The township has been working for several years to provide public water and sewer services to residents in that area.

By Cecilia Fox

[email protected]

Reach Cecilia Fox at [email protected]

Reach Cecilia Fox at [email protected]

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