TROY — Council will consider authorizing a lease with the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) of Troy regarding the lease of the city’s newly renovated marina building at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.
At the finance committee meeting, Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington said the CIC would hold the lease to the marina as a mechanism to conduct business to help secure a lease for the building without the city’s government bureaucracy, rules and bid obligations slowing down the building’s potential leaseholder process.
The CIC would pay the city $1 per year for the lease. The lease with the CIC would include a five-year contract with two possible five-year extensions.
According to the committee report, “The CIC, as an agent and arm of the city, will provide protection and work in the best interest of the city through this lease and be able to offer confidentiality for potential vendors, more flexible bidding terms, and more freedom in negotiating a final contract to get the best possible tenant(s) for the Marina Building.”
The CIC has mainly been inactive since 1987 after rule changes made the organization’s role became obsolete to obtain bonds. The organization was active in the 1970s and early 1980s to create 19 industrial revenue bonds, according to Titterington.
The CIC is made up of 13 members — six of which are city council members or staff — and meet once a year.
Council will also have two resolutions concerning the Tax Incentive Review Council compliance status of the Troy Towne Park TIF and the city’s enterprise zones.
The Tax Incentive Review Council recommended that the Towne Park TIF be continued. The TIRC reviewed and agreed that the F & P America and Clopay Building Products Enterprise Zone agreements are near their expiration dates and need to be withdrawn. The following companies’ EZAs are in full compliance and will be continued: American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Ishmael Precision Tool Corp., ConAgra 2010 and ConAgra 2012 agreements, Clopay Building Products and Arc Abrasives Inc. The TIRC reported the companies have exceeded employment commitments when they met on March 16 to review. The resolutions are considered an emergency and will have its first readings.
City council will have its third reading of three rezoning requests and an amendment to the city’s fence ordinance. The community and economic development committee met March 8 to discuss the rezoning issues and provided positive recommendations for all four ordinances.
The first rezoning issue is in regards to the Hobart Institute Welding Technology rezoning request to expand the school’s parking lot by more than 100 spaces to the existing lot to the north of the school. The school will continue to use dirt mounds to block noise, according to school officials.
The second rezoning issue is the 117-acre Huelskamp Farm from county agriculture and floodplain zoning to R-4 single-family residential district. The rezoning will allow the land to be devoted to park use. The land will be used to expand Paul G. Duke Park.
The third rezoning issue is for two parcels of city property adjacent to Treasure Island Park from county flood plain zoning to city local retail district. The two parcels are approximately 4.9 acres combined.
The fourth issue is a request to amend the city’s fence provisions and zoning code to clarify fences as accessory structures under the zoning code. The proposed change are to permit fences to be erected on the rear property line, to amend the definition of “fence” to include the word “accessory” and to clarify that the principal structure’s setback line on a property. Property owners could request variances if the provisions are found difficult to follow, according to the staff reports.
An accessory structure is a structure in addition to the principal property. Two residents spoke against the proposed changes at the committee meeting, yet the committee agreed to support the legislation as presented.
ITEMS OF INTEREST
• Parking control officer Leonard Ray Mullins has announced his resignation effective April 8. He started his position with the city in January 2015.
• Firefighter Ronald D. Deaton has announced his retirement effective June 12, 2016. He was hired as a firefighter with the city on June 4, 1995.
• Craig A. Allread has been appointed to the position of firefighter third class — Step 1 with the city effective March 27.
• The city of Troy will hold its annual “Spring Neighborhood Clean-up Week” April 11-15. During this week only, residents will be permitted to exceed the standard five-bag limit for household refuse.
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