Council OKs rezoning issue

By Melanie Yingst

December 17, 2013

By Melanie Yingst

Staff Writer

TROY — With no comments from council or members of the community, Troy City Council members unanimously approved to rezone 125 acres of land from agricultural use to R-1 residential use at Troy-Urbana and DeWeese roads on Monday.

The ordinance was the only business action item on the city council agenda and the ordinance had its third reading Monday.

The R-1 Single-Family Residential District is described as “designed to accommodate single-family dwellings on lots with areas of at least 40,000 square feet per dwelling unit.”

Frank Harlow, local contractor, builder and developer, applied for a rezoning permit on behalf of TTF Brown LLC and PTK Realty LLC for a proposed new housing development located north of Troy-Urbana Road and west of DeWeese Road for currently undeveloped land.

In previous reports, Harlow said the 80 lots would be on approximately 125 acres with 60 acres left as woods. Harlow said the predesign would provide home builders “the largest density with the least impact” for the 1-acre lots. Harlow said the development would be for homeowners looking for a home in the $350,000 to $600,000 price range and cater to upper management professionals.


City council and officials honored the city of Troy’s treasurer Edward Cox for his service to the city since 1998. Mayor Michael Beamish said Cox was a dedicated “unsung hero” in the community.

“You’re going to be missed, but never forgotten,” Beamish said to Cox before giving him a plaque in honor of his years of service.

Cox said he was honored and proud to have served as treasurer for the city of Troy. Cox thanked everyone for their help throughout the years.

Councilman Bobby Phillips also congratulated Cox on his service for the city of Troy. Phillips said Cox served with “impeccable honesty” and offered honorable guidance for the city as treasurer.

Mel Shane will begin serving the city of Troy as treasurer on Jan. 1.

In other news:

City of Troy Public Safety and Service Director Patrick Titterington said the proposed electric aggregation project would be due at the end of January and a contract is expected by April.

Titterington said the city is still in the third phase of leaf pick-up despite the 11 snow events since Nov. 12.

Titterington reminded the public the street department clears streets with a primary and secondary map available online. Titterington said the city has used more than 300 tons of salt so far this season. The city does have a standing order to purchase salt if need be. Titterington said the type of weather also dictates salt use and road clearing procedures.

Troy City Schools Superintendent Eric Herman thanked the city staff for its improved lighting along the streets of Staunton Road for students. Herman said the lights have improved student safety. Herman also thanked the city departments for adding additional signage by Concord Elementary School for student safety after “close calls” with traffic in the area.

President of council Marty Baker said Monday’s meeting was a historic evening as a council since two more seats will be added as of Jan. 1, 2014. Bill Twiss and Brock Heath will take their first oath of office at 4 p.m. Dec. 30 in council chambers. The city now also has six wards. The new ward map is available online on the city’s website.

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