Tipp voters support seniors

By Cecilia Fox - cfox@civitasmedia.com

TIPP CITY — Voters in Tipp City approved a 1-mill, five-year levy in support of a new center for the city’s senior citizens.

The nonprofit Tipp City Seniors Inc. asked voters to approve a levy for the first time since the organization’s founding in 1969. It will generate nearly $400,000 per year — about $1.9 million — to fund the construction of a new senior center.

“We’re very happy about it,” levy chairman Gordon Pittenger said, speaking from a party at the center. “We were hoping it would be a victory party and it was.”

Now the group can fully dedicate themselves to facilities planning, Pittenger said.

“We look forward to having a place Tipp City can be proud of,” he said.

The money will go to the purchase of the 5-acre parcel at Hyatt Street and Machester Drive, the construction of an 8,000 to 10,000 square foot facility, and the planning of future programs.

Faced with growing membership, they began planning for a new center and have been holding other fundraisers over the last year. This levy will help the seniors address issues with space, which they hope will attract new members and help them add new programs.

Currently the center has about 180 members, with more than 20 new members joining since January. A typical event at the center draws 40 or 50 attendees, but bigger events often push the limits of the center’s capacity.

The current center has about 3,300 square feet and only two usable meeting rooms — one that can accommodate about 80 people and smaller one that can fit 30.

The center will also be able to address issues with parking, as its lot only parks about a dozen cars. Handicap accessibility is another major issue. There are stairs and a wheelchair ramp into the building that are difficult for many members to use. A new centr would be designed for seniors’ needs and have only one floor.

TCS has worked with the city to find a location and on the zoning for the land. Monroe Township acted as the sponsoring agency for the levy.

“We’d like to give a great big thanks to the community and to the Monroe Township Trustees,” Pittenger said.

By Cecilia Fox