TIPP CITY — At their meeting Tuesday night, the Tipp City council appointed a new member of council.
After accepting several applications for the position and interviews with the candidates, Logan Rogers was selected to fill the open seat on council. The vacancy was created when a candidate dropped out of the race last year.
“I am keenly aware of the honor done me by this council and the trust placed in me,” he said. “I hope I can fill the shoes of all the capable folks who served before.”
Rogers was sworn in by Mayor Joe Gibson Tuesday night.
Council also approved the purchase and installation of new water features at the Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center at a cost not to exceed $134,000. According to City Manager Tim Eggleston, the new interactive water features will be more accessible to younger children and to wheelchair users.
“Staff worked hard to offset the cost of the equipment through donations. If you recall, the Tipp Foundation has given us quite a large sum to complete this project,” he said.
The new equipment is expected to be up and running by Memorial Day weekend, he added.
One of the new features is a splash pad with movable gates, bridges and other interactive elements. The other is a smaller version of the feature currently in the center of the pool, with slides and other elements, he said.
“It will provide some features that kids with disabilities can also use. We’re trying to upgrade it so everyone can use this facility,” Eggleston said.
Council voted to amend the code concerning compensation for the city’s law director. According to Eggleston, the option for the law director to receive health insurance through the city was removed from the code several years ago and replaced with a $7,000 yearly stipend.
The new ordinance reverses that previous change, once again allowing the law director the option of city health insurance and doing away with the stipend. The ordinance also set the law directory’s salary of $44,004 as the minimum
The city’s current law director, Jonathan Freeman, was appointed in 2016.
Council also approved an increase in compensation for the clerk of council, Janice Bates, from $163.46 per week to $192.31 per week. This is in addition to her salary as the city’s executive secretary.
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