Mayor Pat Hale asked if there is “a way to allow the people of Tipp City vote on the location versus five people on the board deciding.” Kumpf said she thought a survey would provide that information, but Hale contended a survey gives limited results.
Township Trustee Ron Thuma asked if property the district owns on Michaels Road was considered as a stadium site. It was not.
Architect Mike Ruetschle in mid-November shared with the board preliminary planning diagrams for a new stadium that could be placed at either the high school or park.
City codes would require the construction of one parking space for every four seats in the proposed stadium. If 4,000 seats were built, the requirement would be 1,000 parking spaces. To meet that requirement, 511 more parking spaces would need to be added at the high school location.
At City Park, home of the stadium today, a new stadium would be grandfathered under the code but Ruetschle said some new parking spaces would be recommended as a good faith effort. Possible added parking space identified by Brad Vath, assistant city manager, near the aquatic center would bring parking in the park near the stadium and aquatic center to 316 spaces.
The budget options for both sites were estimated at $5 million. If the numbers would come in less, the extra bond issue money could be directed to another athletic facility project, Ruetschle said.