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Melanie Yingst

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TROY — Troy City Council voted 6 to 2 in favor of the ordinance to establish the wages of part-time firefighters along with EMT and paramedic qualifications at Monday’s council meeting.

Councilman Al Clark was not in attendance.

Council members Robin Oda and Tom Kendall voted “no” for the ordinance.

It was the third reading of the ordinance to establish hourly rates of $13 an hour for part-time firefighter/EMT and $14 an hour for part-time firefighter/paramedic.

Troy Fire Department Chief Chris Boehringer’s proposal is to hire two part-time employees, which was reduced from his initial request of 24 part-time personnel in his April proposal.

Boehringer’s proposal also includes to keep the department’s current level of 38 full-time uniformed paramedic staffing with no future reduction in full-time personnel.

Troy Fire Department’s Josh Havenar, president of the local fire department’s union, said ”we were disappointed in council’s decision, and our next step is to decide if we want to pursue our other options now at this point.”

Havenar said the members of the union will meet next Wednesday to decide whether they want to pursue legal action or a referendum to council’s decision.

After the meeting Monday, Boehringer said the process to implement a part-time program will be “slow.” Boehringer said he hoped to have his department’s assistance, especially from his staff who have been part-time fire department employees elsewhere, to help establish a program at the fire department.

“There is plenty more work left to be done and now we have to move forward,” Boehringer said, noting the ordinance was the first step towards a part-time program. “We’ll have to get the civil service and establish procedures for hiring, the testing and all that. It’s not like we’re going out tomorrow and hire part-time people. We have to get our process down, we have to get it approved to make sure everything we do is legal.”

Boehringer also stated he will continue to monitor ambulance runs and revisit filling the three unfilled full-time firefighter/paramedic positions. The three positions remain vacant due to attrition since 2010. One full-time position needs to be filled due to a recent retirement as well. Boehringer said that position will be filled in the future.

Troy resident and former councilman Richard Burns asked council to vote the ordinance down, citing examples of the quality of part-time help in other areas of city management. Burns also sent an email to all council members urging them to vote “No” prior to the meeting.

Other council business:

• (O-20-2014) A public hearing was held in regards to Rezone OL 43, 612 S. Market St., R-5 to OR-1. On May 28, the Troy Planning Commission considered the rezoning of part of Outlot 43, which is the address of 612 S. Market St., Troy, from the zoning of R-5, Single-Family Residential District, to the zoning of OR-1, Office Residential District. The property owner/applicant is Elizabeth Rindler. She plans to open a bed and breakfast called “Ethel’s” in the home. Its first reading will be held during the business portion of the council meeting. No one spoke for or against the ordinance.

• (R-29-2014) Council unanimously voted in favor of the resolution is to seek bids for the lighthouse for Treasure Island Park. The cost is not to exceed $75,000. In March, the Troy Foundation presented an $80,000 Legacy Gift to Troy City Council to a rebuild a Treasure Island lighthouse. The remaining $5,000 will be used for the foundation and footing expenses, according to city officials. The foundation/base of the lighthouse will be approximately 6 foot in height to protect it from future high water conditions, according to the council notes. The lighthouse will be a 30-foot-tall steel structure, according to city of Troy Engineer Deborah Swan. The structure will be prefabricated and affixed to the foundation. The project is expected to take up to eight weeks to complete and is expected to be completed by the end of the calendar year.

Council unanimously voted in favor of the ordinance (O-17-2014) to recalculate lot coverage, clarifies lawn usage for vehicles and address portable storage units and their permitted use in the following amendments.

Lester Conard addressed council before the vote noting that POD storage is often pro-rated and for council to consider that when voting. The proposed amendments are:

• Increase from 50 percent to 80 percent the maximum lot coverage for calculating all impervious surfaces in the M-2, Light Industrial Zoning District, and from 60 percent to 80 percent the maximum lot coverage for calculating all impervious surfaces in the M-3, General Industrial Zoning District. This should assist businesses in these districts to expand within existing ground owned by the business.

• Clarifies that the lawn area is prohibited from being used as parking in all zoning districts. This has become a concern with some businesses trying to use the lawn or required green space areas as parking for display purposes.

• In the M-2, Light Industrial Zoning District, continue to allow for outdoor storage, but limit the area that can be used for storage. Some businesses within the M-2 District have been increasing their area used for outdoor storage. The amendment would limit the outdoor storage to 10 percent of the area of the lot and require that all outdoor storage shall be on a hard surface.

• Current ordinances do not define or have prov1s1ons for portable storage units (aka P.O.D.). A new section provides for both in the Zoning Code. It was discussed that the provisions will allow exceeding the 30 consecutive day period under certain circumstances. It was also discussed that in areas where there may not be a hard surface for placing a P.O.D., residents may be granted permission to place a P.O.D. or similar unit under the director’s right to grant a temporary use of the right-of-way.

• An amendment to the Subdivision Regulations will require sidewalks in all new developments in all zoning districts unless there is a specific exemption elsewhere in the code.

Temporary sign provisions

Council passed a resolution in regards to temporary sign provisions with in the city limits. The ordinance addresses temporary signs on private property. The ordinance reads as follows: Temporary signs on private property shall be allowed in Industrial and Commercial Districts only, and upon the issuance of a temporary sign permit unless heretofore specifically exempted from such permit within this Sign Code. All temporary signs shall be attached to a building and conform to the following conditions: (a) Term. A temporary sign may be placed upon a zoning lot during each calendar year for up to twenty-eight (28) days. These 28 days may be split into a maximum of four (4), seven (7) day increments. (b) Number. Only one ( 1) temporary sign permit will be issued at a time. A maximum of four (4) permits shall be issued per calendar year. (c) Illumination. Temporary signs shall not be illuminated, unless otherwise specifically permitted within this Sign Code. (d) Location. Roof signs and portable changeable copy signs are prohibited in the Industrial and Commercial Districts. (e) Maximum Area. The maximum area of any temporary sign shall not exceed a total of forty-eight (48) square feet, with no single face exceeding twenty-four (24) square feet. This will be its third reading.

In other news:

• A resolution in memoriam is planned to honor Edward Cox. Cox, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, served as the city of Troy’s treasurer from March 1998 to Dec. 31, 2013. Cox passed away on June 26.

• Troy Planning Commission will not have a meeting today due to no agenda items to be considered.

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