Council OKs scoreboard ordinance

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — On Monday, the Tipp City Council approved an ordinance that would make it possible for a new, larger stadium scoreboard to be installed in City Park.

Council voted to modify the city’s code of ordinances to include scoreboard sign regulations.

The ordinance was introduced in response to the stadium construction fundraising efforts by the nonprofit Tipp Pride Association. The group is working to raise $5.6 million privately for a new stadium in City Park, mainly through the sale of naming rights and advertising.

The ordinance was recommended to council by the planning board after a variance for the size of the scoreboard was rejected by the city zoning board.

The ordinance would permit a scoreboard with a maximum height of 35 feet and 625 square feet of space. The current scoreboard is 25 feet tall and 300 square feet. The scoreboard may also include sponsorship or advertising, changeable copy and electronic signage, and instant replays or videos.

Councilman John Kessler was the sole no vote, saying he felt the proposed scoreboard was too much and went beyond addressing the safety concerns of the old stadium.

“I just don’t see the need for the replay movie screen,” he said.

Athletic Director J.D. Foust called the proposed scoreboard a “staple in the overall project” that should be upgraded with the rest of the stadium. He also pointed out the potential education experience for students in video production classes.

School board president Sam Spano noted that the scoreboard would be comparable to scoreboards in other recently renovated high school stadiums. He added that it would generate revenue through advertising.

“This scoreboard is going to generate probably 20 percent of the revenue that’s going to be needed to build the stadium, so it is a key piece,” Spano said.

Resident Abby Bowling urged council to vote no on the ordinance, saying that it sets a precedent.

In other business, council approved a contact with Insituform Technologies for the 207 sanitary sewer sliplining project at a cost of $68,775.

By Cecilia Fox

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