Council to review year-end appropriations


By Melanie Yingst - myingst@aimmediamidwest.com



TROY — Troy City Council will consider five-year contracts for fire and EMS services with Concord, Lostcreek and Staunton townships and review nine requests for funds for its year-end reappropriation at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

The reappropriation includes the following fund transfer requests: Cemetery Fund, $50,000 to cover additional costs for maintenance of facilities and equipment due to a longer growing season; Capital Improvement Fund, $100,000 for various city projects; OPWC Fund, $800,000 to cover additional costs for construction of the North Market Street Project; Paul G. Duke Fund, $100,000 to return grant money not used; Fire Insurance Escrow Fund, $29,400 for return of funds in escrow; Hobart Arena Fund, $200,000 to cover costs associated with additional concerts, which will in turn generate offsetting revenues; Stormwater Fund, $100,000 for additional construction costs on the North Market Street project; Miami Shores Fund, $100,000 for adequate fund balance and miscellaneous maintenance cost due to a longer playing season; Investment Fund for Capital Improvement Fund, an increase to transfers of $50,000 to provide additional transfers for various funds resulting from increased interest earnings.

Fire/EMS contracts

The Safety and Health Committee approved the recommendation for five-year agreements with the three townships last week. An emergency designation is requested.

The city has reached agreements on funding formulas for the fire and EMS services with the Lostcreek, Staunton and Concord townships.

The five year total for Concord Township services is $2,753,035 for 2018-2022.

According to the memo, the agreement with Concord Twp. is based on a 1.83 percent increase for 2018 for a cost of $585,102.

The following rates for Concord Township contract services with city of Troy fire and EMS services include the current 2017 cost of $574,581; a 1.83 percent adjustment of $585,102 for 2018; a cost of $525,992 in 2019; a 2 percent fixed inflation rate for a cost of $536,512 in 2020; a cost of $547,242 in 2021; and a cost of $558,187 in 2022.

The 2019 cost amount decreases due to the recent agreement between Concord Township Trustees and Upper Valley Medical Center to provide its own medical transport on its campus. For the years 2020-2022, a 2 percent fixed inflation adjustment per year is included.

The Lostcreek Township agreement is based on a 7.27 percent increase over the 2018 agreement for the first year and then a 2 percent fixed inflation adjustment for years 2019-2022.

The five-year total for services is $100,892.

The costs for services are as follows: 2017 current agreement is $18,072; 2018 with one year adjustment of 7.27 percent is $19,387; a cost of $19,775 for 2019; a cost of $20,171 in 2020; a cost of $20,574 for $2021; and a cost of $20,985 for 2022.

The Staunton Township agreement is based on a 17.84 percent increase over the 2018 agreement for the first year and then a 2 percent fixed inflation adjustment from years 2019-2022.

The five-year total for services is $963,221.

The cost for Staunton Township services is as follows: 2017 current agreement is $157,072; 2018 with one year adjustment of 17.84 percent is $185,091; $188,793 in 2019; $192,569 in 2020; $196,420 in 2021; and $200,348 in 2022.

Rezoning requests for 322 W. Market St. and Philpot property

The law and ordinance committee will review recommendations for the 322 W. Market St. gas station rezoning request and the Ronald and Jane Philipot rezoning request.

During the public participation portion of the Nov. 20 meeting, three property owners adjacent to the 322 W. Market St. property expressed their concerns with variances as well as maintenance and littering and other issues around the current store. At the committee meeting, an adjacent property owner again expressed her concern with the owner of the gas station and said police have been called to the gas station 74 times this year. The committee OK’d the recommendation to be approved by council due to its appropriate zoning request.

Salary ordinance

Council will review the request to raise the state’s minimum wage from the current $8.15 per hour to $8.30 per hour for its step 1 for seasonal, temporary and part-time hourly employees.

Items of Interest

• The Stanfield Extra High Service Water Tower is complete and will be filled and tested in mid-December.

• The Mulberry Street Parking Lot Improvement is complete. The street will no longer have access to East Main Street from North Mulberry Street. Additional signage is being installed.

• The North Market Street Improvement Project was awarded to Outdoor Enterprise, the lowest and best bidder, for $1,736,324. Council authorized $1,870,000 for the project.

By Melanie Yingst

myingst@aimmediamidwest.com