Council to review street policy, budget

Budget includes $2 million Miami Shores clubhouse renovation

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Troy City Council will have its third reading regarding amending the city’s “Complete Streets” policy at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday at City Hall.

At the Nov. 6 meeting, council voted 7-1 to amend the resolution to remove the Mayor’s Cycling Advocacy Committee from the policy. Council member Robin Oda was the lone “No” vote.

Council member John Terwilliger, who is a member of the Mayor’s Cycling Advocacy Committee, requested the amendment due to confusion about the role of the committee, and “to ensure that it remains only an advisory group to the mayor.” Oda had asked for an explanation, which Terwilliger said was due to the committee being an ad hoc group.

The changes include to define and clarify the scope, extent, and decision making steps and to include public notification processes, prior to decisions related to adding bike shared roads versus dedicated bike lanes.

In other news, the first ordinance reading for the rezoning of 25 parcels on West Main Street from Office Commercial to a planned development for the planned Troy Hospital will be on Monday. Emergency designation has been requested by city officials due to the construction of the Kettering Health Network-owned property.

2018 budget review

Council will have its first reading of the city’s 2018 budget. Council met in a workshop session on Nov. 15. Expenditures are estimated to be approximately $7 million to include several large capital improvement projects.

The Miami Shores Golf Course is budgeted for a $2 million renovation. The clubhouse will be remodeled and if funds are available, a driving range, maintenance storage building and possible a putting green area could be added to the course.

Other major expenses include: Hobart Arena parking lot resurfacing project is estimated to cost $500,000 due to stormwater issues at the site; $500,000 for design plans for the replacement or remodel of Fire Station 1. The budget notes to replace the Fire Station 1, it could cost $5 million in 2019. The station was built in 1965. Titterington said if a new building was chosen as the best option, Station 1 would be built within the same area to maximize response times in the city.

In 2018, the city will begin the reconstruction of West Main Street from Cherry Street west and continue with phase 4 of the McKaig Road project. Phase 1 of West Main Street from Cherry Street and toward I-75 is estimated to cost around $2.2 million. Phase 4 of the McKaig project from South Monroe to I-75 is estimated to cost $1.13 million. City officials also said the intersection of Dorset and McKaig may possibly include a roundabout.

Major equipment and vehicle replacement include: $500,000 to replace a fire engine; $243,000 for a backup refuse vehicle; a $128,000 dump truck for the Street Division; a $180,000 replacement high cube vehicle and $130,000 for a replacement trackhoe for the utility divisions.

The agenda also includes three resolutions to fund Troy Main Street for $55,000; Troy Rec Association for $29,000; and Troy Development Council for $125,000.

Sherwood moratorium

Council will consider a second 180-day moratorium for the North Market Street area for the processing, issuance, and approval of new occupancy and zoning permits for certain uses and certain properties in the North Market Street area. The first moratorium was passed on June 5. The moratorium is requested to allow MKSK consultants to complete a strategic economic development “reuse analysis” for the area. A second meeting is planned for the beginning of 2018 and a final report will be submitted to the city. The current moratorium will end Dec. 2. Staff recommend emergency designation.

Public hearings

Council will have two public hearings regarding two rezoning issues.

• O-27-2017 Rezoning of 322 West Market Street from B-1 to local retail district. These parcels are the location of the Valero gas station. Applicant Suki Sandhu plans to demolish the current gas station and build a new one in its place.

• O-28-2017 Rezoning of 2436 McKaig from R-1 Single family residential to R-3 Single family residential district. It is the property of Ronald and Jane Philipot.

In other news:

City offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving on Nov. 23 and 24. Refuse collection and recycling will be on schedule both days. The Dye Mill Road Facility will also be open on both dates. The Dye Mill Road Facility will close for the year at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Elijah Bruce Evans has announced his retirement effective Nov. 30. Evans has been with the city’s Street Division for more than 18 years, and has held the position of light equipment operator for the past 16 years.

Budget includes $2 million Miami Shores clubhouse renovation

By Melanie Yingst