School, city, township officials meet


By Cecilia Fox - cfox@civitasmedia.com



TIPP CITY — As the school year is ending and summer is beginning, representatives from local agencies met to discuss current and future projects at their regular Tri-Agency meeting.

Members of the Tipp City school board, Monroe Township officials, and city staff, as well as representatives from Tipp Monroe Community Services met Tuesday night.

Tippecanoe High School held its graduation ceremony last Saturday. This year’s graduating seniors accepted approximately $2,354,000 in scholarships this year, Superintendent Gretta Kumpf said.

Next school year the district will once again be discussing its options for school construction, Kumpf said. Administrators are still meeting with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and the district is still on the state’s list for funding, she said.

A community meeting to discuss construction will be planned for early this fall. Kumpf added that the district hopes to find out its current standing on the list next summer.

The previous school board voted in May 2015 to decline 25 percent matching funds from the state. In March 2016, voters rejected a 3.98 mill bond issue to construct a new prekindergarten through third grade school.

State funding offered to the district will likely be in the mid-20 percent range, but funding is different for every school district, treasurer Dave Stevens said

“As Gretta said, lots of planning to be done. But next year, we’ll see that really ramp up as we try to get close to the final decision,” Stevens said.

Kumpf added that the district is still working with the Tipp Pride Association and the city on variances for parking and signage for the proposed new stadium.

Over the summer, the city plans to award bids for road work and construction projects, City Manager Tim Eggleston said.

These include smoothing out a bump on Weller Drive, as well as design work for reconstruction on County Road 25-A by Meijer, streetscape and sidewalk work from First Street to Canal. Design bids will also be awarded for improvements to the Maple Hill bridge and the city’s new water tower.

Eggleston also noted that the number of overdoses is up from last year —from 20 this time last year to 25.

“The problem’s not going away, it’s just getting a little worst,” Eggleston said.

The city will also be testing for officers this summer, as the police department is expecting to lose two officers.

Prior to its opening Memorial Day weekend, the city re-coated the slides at the Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center and made some changes to the kids’ area, taking out a slide and adding an “aqua dome.”

The city is also considering other equipment changes that would make the park more accessible, especially for children with disabilities.

Opening weekend was well-attended, with concession sales up over last year’s opening, Eggleston said.

Monroe Township is continuing its work on the water and sewer district project in the Country Estates East area, trustee Phil Cox said. Sewer lines are in and water line work continues, he added. The project is expected to be completed in early September.

The township also thanked those who attended and helped with the annual Memorial Day services in Maple Hill cemetery.

TMCS Social Service Director Carol English informed the group that the annual Lunch On Us program begins June 12. The program provides free lunches to children through high school age until Aug. 18.

Lunches will be served at locations on Meadow Drive, on the corner of Roberta Drive and Bejay Drive, Tweed Woods Park on Sequoia Court, Elas Court off of Woodlawn Drive, Windridge Apartments, Borchers Apartments, Bellview Apartments, and on Bellview Drive. Look for the “Lunch On Us” signs and marked van.

By Cecilia Fox

cfox@civitasmedia.com

Reach Cecilia Fox at cfox@civitasmedia.com.

Reach Cecilia Fox at cfox@civitasmedia.com.