TROY — For the third year in a row, the Troy Strawberry Festival will paint the downtown red during the first weekend of June.
Troy City Council approved to host the 2016 Troy Strawberry Festival in downtown Troy and on the levee on Monday. Brock Heath and Robin Oda were not in attendance. Council member John Schweser abstained from the festival vote due to his wife being the festival manager.
Troy Strawberry Festival Manager Corie Schweser said the festival’s downtown location is more accessible to families with strollers and wagons, as well as handicapped-friendly with the wide city streets. Activities and vendors are also located on the levee where Troy Music Boosters’ famous strawberry doughnuts and other treats draw large crowds.
“This is our third year with the festival layout being located both downtown and the levee,” Schweser said Tuesday. “It just flows and it’s easy. We draw 100-150,000 people to our downtown ‘living room.’”
Schweser said the festival has worked out many of the set-up issues during its two years at the downtown site and now has it down “to a science.”
“We are very happy with having the festival both downtown and on the levee,” Schweser said.
The agreement with the city is similar to the 2015 contract with the city and the Troy Strawberry Festival organization.
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.
In 2016, the city has banned drone use during the festival in its contract with the festival organization. City officials 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-handicapped-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 rights 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.
In other news:
Troy resident Jim Thompson addressed council and city staff about a proposed mountain bike trail path on Riverside Cemetery property behind his home. The Troy Daily News is working on a more detailed report about the issue.
The following resolutions and ordinances were passed at Monday’s meeting.
(R-14-2016) Bid replacement of equipment for primary clarifiers at Wastewater Plant, $64,000.
(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.
(R-16-2016) Authorize bidding of 2016 Paving Program, $1,105,000.
R-17-2016 Agreement with Miami Valley Communications Council, bid electric generation and transmission supplier for city facilities and authorize agreement with selected provider.
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.
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.
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, first 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.
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