Council to review TSF contract

Festival to be held downtown, levee again in 2016

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — City council will review a request to host the 2016 Troy Strawberry Festival in downtown Troy and on the levee at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington said the agreement is similar to the 2015 contract with the city and the Troy Strawberry Festival organization during the recreation and parks committee meeting on March 29.

The festival will host food vendors and entertainment both on the levee and downtown. Titterington said the festival does not plan to host a car show in 2016, which was held on the Market Street Bridge last year.

The Market Street Bridge will remain closed to traffic for pedestrians to travel between the two venues of the festival. Access to the Troy Senior Citizen Center will be available.

The Troy Strawberry Festival will pay the city $7,500 for expenses with a condition that if an incident occurs that requires additional funds over and beyond that payment, the city will work with the festival committee, Titterington said. The Troy Strawberry Festival paid approximately $15,000 in 2015 for the city’s use of the downtown and its facilities. The fee was cut in half due to lower than anticipated costs associated with the downtown venue and the lack of a car show this year.

In 2016, the city has banned drone use during the festival in its contract with the festival organization. Titterington said if there were a need for “marketing drone use” during the festival, the city would work those details out with the organization.

Other Troy Strawberry Festival rules were outlined in the committee report include:

• The downtown street closings would not start until 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, with all streets opened no later than 7 a.m. Monday, June 6.

• The proposed location will not impact Miami County operations; however, TSF has asked the county about use of county lots after the close of business on June 3.

• There is no sale or consumption of alcohol.

• There would be opening ceremonies at Prouty Plaza, but no form of a parade or walk with the event.

• Because of the legitimate governmental interest in preserving the public’s safety and proper management of the anticipated large crowd of attendees (upwards of 100,000 attendees per day in past years), certain actions should be limited during the actual festival activities each day and for the hour before and after each day’s activities of the festival, such as the carrying of weapons at the festival, having non-handicap-assist animals at the festival, and engaging in the act of writing, painting, chalking or otherwise permanently or temporarily defacing or marking on the public streets, sidewalks, alleys or other public areas in the event area during the festival. This does not interfere with attendees right to engage in this conduct at other times in this location and in other places at all times; and does not interfere with an attendees right to engage in other, non-prohibited conduct during the 2016 Strawberry Festival within the event area.

A local anti-abortion organization “chalked” the festival streets with anti-abortion messages prior to the festival opening last year.

The ordinance will have its first reading and is not considered an emergency.

Other agenda items include:


(R-14-2016) Bid replacement of equipment for primary clarifiers at Wastewater Plant, $64,000 first reading

(R-15-2016) Agreement with the Miami County Commissioners for the McKaig Road paving project. The city plans to pave McKaig Road from State Route 718 to South Dorset Road, which includes unincorporated county roadway. The county has agreed to pay $145,000 to the city for its share of the cost. This is a first reading.

(R-16-2016) Authorize bidding of 2016 Paving Program, $1,105,000. This includes the McKaig Road resurfacing project from State Route 718 to Dorset Road, bike paths, Archer Park parking lot and annual paving program. A reappropriation of $275,000 from the Capital Improvement Fund will be made in the future. This is a first reading.

R-17-2016 Agreement with Miami Valley Communications Council, bid electric generation and transmission supplier for city facilities and authorize agreement with selected provider. The agreement must be submitted by May 1. Emergency first reading.


O-17-2016 Amend salary ordinance for FLSA exempt employees, reorganization of Engineering and Development Offices. The ordinance would be amending the salary ordinance to move the positions of Planning and Zoning Manager and Zoning Inspector from the Office of the Engineering Division to the Department of Development. The ordinance would also authorize increasing the staffing of the position of Assistant Development Director from one to two assistants at the wage range currently set at $71,500. At the time the second assistant position is filled, the position of zoning manager will be unfunded. The ordinance will have its first reading

O-18-2016 Amend salary ordinance, establish position of program coordinator for the Recreation Department , first reading. The recreation department requested a program coordinator in lieu of a clerk typist, which has remained vacant for several years. The position would be paid at a rate $15.48 per hour.

O-19-2016 Subordinate mortgage lien for R&E LLC, emergency first reading.

O-20-2016 Zoning of Trader Annexation, Inlots 10578 and 10579, from county zoning of A-2, general first reading, Agriculture to City zoning A, Agricultural District. Public hearing set for April 18.

O-21-2016 Zoning of Cheney Annexation, Inlot 10574 from county zoning of R-1AAA, firt reading Single-Family, to city zoning of M-2, Light Industrial District. Public hearing set for April 18.

O-22-2016 Rezoning of IL 9678 from M-2, Light Industrial District, and B-2, General Business District, first reading, to the single zoning of B-2, General Business District. The property is owned by Earhart Brothers Leasing and is located adjacent to 1201 Brukner Drive. Public hearing set for April 18.

O-23-2016 2016 Troy Strawberry Festival Agreement, first reading.

Festival to be held downtown, levee again in 2016

By Melanie Yingst

Reach Melanie Yingst at or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews

Reach Melanie Yingst at or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews


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