City seeks to hire new detective

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — The City of Tipp City is looking to expand its police department, and its efforts to combat the heroin epidemic.

According to Police Chief Eric Burris, the department plans to internally promote an officer to detective and hire a new patrol officer. Burris proposed this plan to city council at their work session Monday night.

The new detective would take a more proactive approach to drug issues, Burris said, and would also assist Det. Sgt. Chris Graham with big cases. Graham is currently the department’s only detective and the new detective would report to him.

Hiring a new detective would allow the department to more aggressively investigate and pursue suppliers and the theft rings that provide money for drug purchases, Burris explained. The detective would also build contacts and liaison with neighboring jurisdictions.

Currently the department is working to promote community awareness of the heroin epidemic and has provided additional training for its officers. Officers are also equipped with Naloxone, a drug used to treat narcotic overdose.

Burris discussed the cost of hiring new officer with council, estimating that the city would spend about $85,000 in the first year, including salary and equipment costs.

If the city decides to move forward, it could be about six months until a new patrol officer can be hired, Burris said.

Members of council present at the meeting indicated that they were in favor of the new hire.

At their regular meeting, council approved several resolutions relating to infrastructure.

Council authorized a contract with Milcon Concrete, Inc. of Troy for the water and sanitary sewer improvements in the Roselyn subdivision at a cost of $654,910.

Council also approved a contract with Coate Construction LLC of West Milton for the annual sidewalk replacement program at a cost of $25,558, and a contract with Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. of Middletown for the annual asphalt resurfacing program at a cost of $442,153.00

Council also set the cost of paver blocks for Veteran’s Memorial Park and the dog park. The 6 by 6 inch pavers that may be purchased for installation at the dog park will cost $20, which includes up to three lines of text.

The cost of pavers that may be installed at Veteran’s Memorial Park will be $53.25 for a 4 by 8 inch paver with three lines of text and $213 for an 8 by 8 inch block with six lines of text.

Council also discussed ways to promote the city’s aquatic center during their work session. Suggestions included corporate sponsorship, season pass incentives, and dollar days.

Dayton Pool Management, which overseas operations at the Tipp City Family Aquatic Center, is planning special events for this pool season. These include visits from the Newport Aquarium and an opening weekend event with a DJ and giveaways.

The Downtown Tipp City Partnership met with council Monday night to request $1,500 to cover half of the cost of a Downtown Assessment Resource Team, which is a step toward accreditation as an Ohio Main Street community.

DTCP has been an affiliate of the Main Street program for several years.

Council member John Kessler questioned the necessity of membership. Council member Katelyn Berbach pointed out that the city gives DTCP about $25,000 in funding every year.

DTCP director Heather Dorsten explained that there are many benefits to membership, including the provision of resources and accountability to the state and national organization.

By Cecilia Fox

Reach Cecilia Fox at or at (937) 552-2205.

Reach Cecilia Fox at or at (937) 552-2205.