Council discusses utilities

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — At their meeting Monday night, the Tipp City Council discussed a study of city utilities, made changes to employee health care and recognized the clerk of council.

Finance Director John Green provided council with an update on the cost of service study, which analyzes the city’s electric utility usage, rate structures, and capital improvement needs. American Municipal Power, the city’s provider, recommends that cost of service studies be performed every three to five years.

The city’s residential customer charge is artificially low, Green said, at about $4 per month. According to him, it is not uncommon in other AMP communities to see residential rates set at about $10-$12 per month.

Tipp City is also not competitive with DP&L for large industrial or general service customers, Green added.

The study is expected to be completed within 60-90 days, and one of the anticipated recommendations may include increasing the residential customer rate to approximated $10 per month, Green said.

Another possible suggestion would be to create an new industrial consumer class for users in excess of 1,000 kilowatts, which would only affect three or fours of the city’s largest customers, he added.

Council also honored Janice Bates, Executive Secretary and Clerk of Council, with a proclamation for Municipal Clerks Week. Mayor Pat Hale also congratulated Bates on being named an Athenian Leadership Society Fellow, one of 75 in the country and only four in Ohio.

Council approved a change to employee Health Savings Accounts, which will now be paid quarterly. Employees have had the option to enroll in this plan for five years. Employer contributions will not change, remaining $3,000 for families and $1,100 for individuals.

In other business, council proclaimed Thursday, May 5, to be National Day of Prayer. A service will be held at noon on Thursday in the parking lot of Tipp City United Methodist Church at the corner of Third and Main streets. The theme for this year’s gathering is “Wake up, America.”

Council also proclaimed the month of May as Poppy Days 2016, in honor of military veterans and their families.

By Cecilia Fox

Reach Cecilia at or (937) 552-2205.

Reach Cecilia at or (937) 552-2205.