TIPP CITY — Despite a cool start to the summer, the Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center attendance and income were up from last year.
At their meeting Monday, Finance Director John Green provided the Tipp City Council with a summary of the aquatic center’s 2015 season.
Thanks to warmer weather in July, attendance at the center was up 23 percent and daily fee income increased 33 percent over 2014.
“We only had to put in $53,315, which is very nice to see knowing that we lost all those days in June,” City Manager Tim Eggleston said.
With the exception of 2010 and 2011, the city has provided some subsidy to the pool every year, Green said. The 2015 subsidy was the lowest since 2011.
After last year’s operating subsidy of $108,708, the city had budgeted an $80,000 pool subsidy in the general fund, Green said.
Council also discussed plans for next season. The center’s one-year contract extension with Dayton Pool Management has now expired. The city will publish a request for proposals this month and will likely award a new contract in November.
Council also voted to modify the zoning code to allow “fraternal, charitable, and service oriented clubs” as a permitted use within the light industrial zoning district.
This amendment to the code was made primarily to allow the Tipp City Seniors to build their new facility on a property currently zoned as light industrial.
TCS had originally chosen a different property, but have selected a five acre site on North Hyatt Street at Manchester Chase as the new home of their planned facility. TCS will have a 1 mill, five-year levy on the ballot in November to fund construction.
Council approved two resolutions regarding the resurfacing and overlay of sections of State Route 571. Both projects are the responsibility of the Ohio Department of Transportation, and the city has no financial obligation for either project.
Resident Larry Brown returned to council to discuss noise violations. While he feels the city has dealt with car and truck noises “to some extent,” Brown suggested that council should do more to address motorcycle noise. He proposed a noise ordinance targeting motorcycle noise.
Several council members said that they were not currently in favor of a noise ordinance specifically targeting motorcycles. Council pointed out the difficulty in enforcing noise ordinances and that many residents deal with noises from I-75 and the railroad.
Council member John Kessler also said that such an ordinance seemed like government “micromanagement.”