City approves pool contract

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — The Tipp City Council voted Monday to continue the city’s contract with Dayton Pool Management.

Since the current contract with Dayton Pool Management expired this year, city staff sent out a request for proposals. The city received two responses, one from the current contractor and another from Swim Safe Pool Management.

According to Finance Director John Green, submitting a request for proposals drove costs down. The cost of the contract for 2016 will be $228,750. In 2014, a one season contract cost the city $291,545.

Dayton Pool Management has operated the Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center since it opened in 2005.

This summer was a better season for the pool than last year, thanks to warmer weather in July. In 2015, attendance at the center was up 23 percent and daily fee income increased 33 percent over 2014.

In other business, council heard the first readings of several ordinances, including one that could modify the boundaries of the Restoration District.

Council will hold a public hearing on Nov. 16, to determine whether or not to remove a Walnut Street property city’s historic Restoration District.

Brian Land, owner of the 10 E. Walnut St. house, has requested the change and told the council at a previous meeting that he wants to install vinyl siding, instead of searching for matching wood needed to repair the outside of his house. Vinyl siding is not permitted under historic district guidelines.

Both the city Restoration District Board and Planning Board have heard the request and have recommended the property remain in the district. Because they have bother forwarded a negative recommendation to council, a two-thirds vote is needed to make this change.

Council also hear the first reading of an ordinance that would authorize a 4 percent increase in the Law Director’s salary.

By Cecilia Fox