TIPP CITY — The Tipp City council will hold a special meeting to voting on zoning code changes that would allow the senior center to move into a new building.
Council heard the first reading of an ordinance Monday night that would add fraternal, charitable and service-oriented groups to the list of permitted uses in the office service zoning district. Because council does not have a regularly scheduled meeting until the end of September, they will hold a special meeting at a date to be determined to vote on the ordinance.
Council has passed similar ordinances in the past, when the Tipp City Seniors Inc. considered two other properties for their new senior center, City Manager Tim Eggleston noted.
Tipp City and Monroe Township voters passed a 1-mill, five year levy in 2015 to raise money for a new home for the organization, which initially planned to build a new facility to replace the current center on South First Street.
The organization has considered several locations and abandoned them due to Miami Conservancy District restrictions and cost issues. Council passed ordinances amending the zoning code to permit fraternal, charitable and service-oriented clubs at those locations on North Third Street and North Hyatt Street, which are zoned CD-Conservation Zoning District and LI-Light Industrial Zoning District respectively.
They have since found an existing building, the former Evans Title building on North Hyatt just north of the post office, and made plans to move the center to that location.
In order for this plan to move forward, Tipp City Seniors is again asking council to amend the zoning code to add fraternal, charitable and service-oriented clubs as a permitted use within the OS-Office Service Zoning District.
Council members agreed to hold a special meeting for a public hearing on the proposed changes and to allow council to vote sooner than the next regularly scheduled meeting of council on Sept. 18. A time and date will be announced when it is chosen.
“Even though it’s a township levy, we are part of the township, we have our citizens paying into it. I think it’s in our best interests, for our citizens, to try to expedite this as quickly as we can,” Councilman John Kessler said.
In other business, council passed a motion approving the proposed conceptual drawings of the football stadium in City Park.
According to Eggleston, council must approve the conceptual plans before any site modifications can occur. He added that council approved an initial design, which has since been updated.
“I was under the impression from the get go that the current restroom facility would be incorporated into the plan and now, apparently, we are extending even further into the park than I anticipated initially,” Kessler said. “I’m not saying I’m against it, but I’m a little concerned.”
He added that he thought the home concession stand and restrooms would be under the bleachers, but on the designs, they are located behind the bleachers. Eggleston said that the bleachers were never planned to be under the bleachers, but added that the restrooms are going to be bigger than originally planned.
Council also approved a contract with EMH&T of Columbus for professional design services for the city’s new water tower at a cost not to exceed $128,035.