City approves salt contract

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — At their meeting Monday night, council honored the city’s first responders and approved an agreement with the state for road salt.

Mayor Pat Hale read two resolutions honoring the city’s police and EMS departments. The mayor proclaimed the week of May 15-21 to be Police Week and Emergency Medical Services Week.

Council approved a resolution authorizing the city’s participation in the Ohio Department of Transportation winter salt contract.

Through this resolution, the city has agreed to purchase 200 tons of salt from ODOT’s awarded salt supplier.

City Manager Tim Eggleston added that the city will not know the price until ODOT bids out the project.

According to City Engineer John Donnelly, the city had about 400 tons of salt remaining at the end of the winter and purchased 200 additional tons from last year’s bid this spring.

“This winter bid should fill in the 200 that we need to get 800,” Donnelly explained.

Council also approved an ordinance amending the 2016 appropriations and the operating budget to reflect the cost of appropriating property along County Road 25-A.

The city has been appropriating property along that roadway in order to complete the road reconstruction and widening project.

During their work session, council also discussed the replacement of the city’s welcome signs. City staff sought quotes from several sign companies and those designs ranged in price from $7,000 to more than $30,000.

The designs varied in style, materials and size, but all incorporated the city’s logo.

Council President Joe Gibson asked council and city staff to consider what would happen to the existing organizational sign that displays club and group logos.

He asked if the city would contact those groups and clubs to ask for their input.

By Cecilia Fox

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

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