Council hears from police chief

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — The Tipp City council approved legislation concerning several improvement projects and heard from the police chief about the way the department interacts with the community.

At Monday night’s meeting, Police Chief Eric Burris presented to council about the department’s guiding principals.

“I want to use this opportunity to assure the public that we…truly believe in service, fairness and professionalism, and that’s what they should be able to expect from us any time they have contact with us,” he said.

Burris also said that the support from the community has been amazing over the last couple of weeks, with residents sending in countless cards, baked goods and pizzas.

“In my 23 years in law enforcement, I don’t think I’ve ever seen police-community relations as bad across the country as they are currently,” Burris said. “We are so blessed to live in this little bubble we live in where our community and our police department work together.”

Burris added that the city currently has the finest staff he has ever worked with in his two decades years with the department.

Council approved an ordinance levying assessments for the construction of sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and driveway approaches as part of the city’s annual sidewalk improvement project.

Properties on N. Westedge Drive, Warner Drive, Bowman Avenue, Columbine Court and Lantana Court were included in the project.

The total cost of the 2016 sidewalk improvement project is about $13, 273.

Property owners will be sent an invoice after the ordinance passes and they will be able to pay the invoice in full within 30 days from the date of the ordinance or pay the cost in 10 annual installments at 3.5 percent interest.

Council also approved a contract with Municipal Sewer & Contractor Sealing Products of Cincinnati for the sliplining of the city’s sanitary sewers. The cost of this project is not to exceed $355,517.

By Cecilia Fox

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