Downtown Troy parking patrol returns

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Downtown patrons of Troy beware, the city of Troy’s parking patrol will once again be making its rounds beginning Monday.

According to Capt. Joe Long, the parking control officer, Daniel Griffith, will begin training next week. Police officers had been handling parking issues and tickets since the former parking officer retired on April 8.

“You’ll see more parking enforcement when he gets up and running,” Long said.

Capt. Long said Griffith will be training for approximately three weeks or more before the red tickets will begin to appear on the windshields of those in violation of the city’s parking laws.

The majority of parking violations fines are $20 within the first 48 hours and then increase to $50 after the grace period. The fines do not include handicap parking violations.

Last November, council authorized an agreement with Woolpert Inc. for a parking and traffic study for up to $60,000.

The study has not be released as of press time.

Part of the study was completed at a cost of $37,450 last fall. City staff reviewed the initial draft of the study and determined the scope of the consultant’s work should be expanded. The expanded data and study would cost an additional $22,550. The work includes: a detailed case study regarding residential parking programs by similar sized cities; traffic counts and data analysis of 10 downtown intersections; analysis of video from 24 hours of intersection turning movements; advise conversion from four lanes to three lanes on Main and Market streets; and the development of an implementation plan on the traffic analysis.

The traffic analysis boundary is within one block of Public Square in all four directions, while the parking analysis boundary includes beyond the Miami County Courthouse area. The additional work will study a possible conversion from four lanes on Main and Market streets. The study requested noted that traffic flow on the east side of the public square has improved with the new pattern.

By Melanie Yingst

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