City OKs ambulance purchase

Council welcomes new officer

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — On Monday night, the Tipp City Council approved the purchase of a new ambulance and swore in a new police officer.

Council welcomed new police officer Parrish Brazel to the department, sworn in during the meeting by Mayor Pat Hale. She joins the department from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Council also voted to purchase a new ambulance on a 2018 Ford F450 chassis from Horton Emergency Vehicles of Columbus at a cost not to exceed $215,000. The new ambulance will be bought through the State of Ohio cooperative purchasing plan.

The city’s 2009 ambulance was declared surplus property and will be auctioned.

Council also introduced a series of ordinances that will be voted on at their next meeting, including a ban on tobacco in the city’s parks, an ordinance dealing with sidewalk sales, and another amending the parking of recreational vehicles.

Finance Director John Green also updated council on the Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center, which ended the season with a positive revenue balance for the second year in a row.

”Following the numbers, we had $311,000 come in and $285,000 go out. We ended the year positive, that’s a good thing,” Green said.

He said that 2016 was the best year the park had in a number of years, since Huber Heights opened their pool, adding that, “We missed last year’s number by about $16,000.” Last year was the first since 2011 that the center did not require a general fund subsidy.

Expenses were down about $17,000 from last year, which Green attributed in large part to a contract with a new pool management company. The city made several repairs and upgrades to the facility this season.

Council welcomes new officer

By Cecilia Fox