TIPP CITY — The Tipp City council swore in a new police officer and discussed removing alley pickup from the city’s trash collection contract.
Officer Brianna Smith, sworn in Monday night by Mayor Pat Hale, is the newest officer to join the Tipp City Police Department.
Smith recently graduated from the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Academy. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Wright State University.
Council congratulated Smith on her appointment and welcomed her to Tipp City.
Council approved a one-year contract extension with Waste Management, the last of the one-year extensions included in the original 2010 contract. The contract will expire Sept. 30, 2017.
Citing concerns from residents about property damage, councilman John Kessler proposed amending the ordinance to eliminate alley trash collection.
Councilman Tom Merritt said that residents who have experienced property damage from trash pickup have the option of submitting claims to Waste Management.
The ordinance was passed without an amendment, with Kessler voting no.
In other business, council approved the purchase of 274 Miles Ave., as part of a settlement with the owners. The owners, James and Jennifer Labosky, claimed that a city-owned storm sewer pipe that runs through the property was causing damage to their house
As part of the settlement, the city agreed to purchase the property at a cost of about $129,000.
Council passed an ordinance imposing a 180-day moratorium on permits for the establishment of retail dispensaries, cultivators, and processors of medical marijuana.
Council also authorized the city manager to file an annexation petition with the Miami County Board of Commissioners for the annexation of almost 5 acres of right-of-way along County Road 25-A. The land, from Michaels to Evanston Road, purchased for the County Road 25-A reconstruction project.
The city is petitioning the county for the annexation of the right-of-way into the city to reduce any confusion as to which entity is responsible for public services like plowing and police protections.
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