Tipp council discusses field options

By Cecilia Fox - [email protected]

TIPP CITY — At their meeting Monday night, the Tipp City Council approved purchases and discussed options for irrigating fields in Kyle Park.

During a study session, staff presented council with three options for Kyle Park soccer and baseball field irrigation system. Council will discuss the topic further at a future meeting.

Concerns over field conditions have prompted council to consider options for improved field maintenance, with area soccer organization representatives asking the city to address a lack of water and holes in the fields.

The first option would tap into treated city water, run pipes to main park areas, and use a system of mobile units to water each field. It would likely cost about $48,000 up front, in addition to the yearly cost of water used.

Staff pointed out that this would be a labor intensive and time consuming process, as each field would take several hours to water and the mobile unites would need to be moved from one field to the next.

Option two is that same as option one, but the city would dig wells instead of using treated water.

Option three, which is the option recommended by city staff, would have the city dig wells and install a fully underground irrigation system. This system would be the most more expensive up front — it could cost as much as $315,000 — but requires the least amount of time and labor.

Locally, Duke Park in Troy has similar system. Staff projects that the city would spend about $10,000 in annual maintenance costs, including repairs and winterization.

According to city councilwoman and youth soccer organizer Katelyn Berbach, an irrigation system is important to the city’s parks because of the heavy traffic on city fields. Hundreds of local athletes use the fields, which are also used to host regional tournaments.

Parks superintendent Jim Asher added that the soccer fields are often hit hardest, as they are used into the driest part of the summer and fall.

City manager Tim Eggleston pointed out that an irrigation system could be completed in phases. According to finance director John Green, if the city wants to begin this project this year, it would have to come out of the general fund. He added that the project could possibly be included in the Capital Improvement Plan for 2017.

Council approved an ordinance amending appropriations to reflect the purchase of land for the County Road 25-A reconstruction project. The resolution appropriates $50,000 in the County Road 25-A fund and $28,000 in the electric fund in addition to the $22,010 originally established, to meet the landowner’s negotiated price of $100,000.

Council also approved a resolution authorizing a contract with Virginia Transformer Corp. for the purchase of a power transformer for substation No. 3 at a cost of $477,532.

By Cecilia Fox

[email protected]

Reach Cecilia Fox at [email protected] or at (937) 552-2205.

Reach Cecilia Fox at [email protected] or at (937) 552-2205.

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