City discusses overpass study

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — Tipp City is considering a study of possible location for a railroad overpass. Council discussed a study, as well as other future improvement projects, at their meeting Monday.

The possibility of adding a railroad overpass has been brought up at previous council meetings. City Manager Tim Eggleston said the city sought a quote for a study and received one from CT Consultants for $6,500. The study would come up with a list of possible locations for an overpass, as well as the pros and cons of each site and rough cost estimates.

“We are slowly getting limited to areas because they’re getting built up and eventually you’re really not going to have any property,” Eggleston said.

He added that there are probably only two or three locations where an overpass could be constructed.

Councilman John Kessler, who has raised the issue at several previous meetings, said he wanted to go forward with the study.

“This alternate crossing of the railroad tracks has been discussed by the community, by the city government since probably the ’60s,” Kessler said. Eggleston noted that the council clerk found references to railroad overpass studies in council minutes as far back as the 1970s.

Councilman Matt Owen added that he is “excited for the overpass study.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing what those results would be and what our options are,” he said.

Council also chose a project to submit to the Ohio Public Works Commission for grant funding in 2020 as part of the city’s three-year OPWC timeline. The city will request $350,000 in grant funding for the widening of County Road 25-A between SpringMeade and Interstate 75, Exit 69.

Cost estimates for the engineering of the County Road 25-A widening were higher than budgeted, City Engineer John Donnelly said. The city received 13 responses to the its request for qualifications and the best quote was $300,000. The city budgeted $125,000 for the engineering work.

In order to proceed, a $175,000 short-term loan from the city’s general fund will be necessary. That will be repaid from the 2018 Capital Improvement Project fund and a $100,000 pledge from property owners that was to be assessed in the construction phase of the project, Donnelly said.

If awarded, the $350,000 grant would not be effective until 2021, but funds are needed this year to complete the engineering and design work, Finance Director John Green said.

Other projects in the city’s three-year OPWC pipeline include the improvement of the Maple Hill Road and bridge in 2018 and the Garber Road and I-75 ditch in 2019.

In other business, council approved an agreement with Choice One Engineering for design services on the State Route 571 StreetScape project at a cost of $174,034. The project will improve E. Main Street from First Street to just past the bike path.

Coucil approved the revised preliminary plan for the Fieldstone Place senior living campus subdivision. The development was first recommended to council by the Planning Board in 2007, but the initial project failed to move forward.

A new developer has proposed a revised preliminary plan, which would also add a new single-family residential home section with 77 single-family lots.

Council also heard the first reading of an ordinance that would modify the city code regarding scoreboard signs. If approved, it would allow scoreboard signs with a maximum height of 35 feet and a maximum area of 625 square feet. Sponsorship and advertising on scoreboard signs would also be permitted as well as electronic signage.

Council will hear the second reading and comments from residents at their next meeting, July 17.

By Cecilia Fox

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