Council considers selling park land to county

Land is located in the river floodplain; grant to pay for purchase

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Council will consider the sale of approximately 38 acres to the Miami County Park District from the recently acquired Huelskamp Farm at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.

If approved, the resolution (R-56-2015) will authorize the director of public service and safety to enter into a purchase option agreement with the county park district to sell 38 acres of floodplain land from the property known as the Huelskamp farm.

According to Miami County Park District Executive Director Scott Myers, the park district has applied for a Clean Ohio grant for approximately $270,000 or $7,100 per acre for the floodplain area along the Miami River.

As part of the grant, the park district must match 25 percent of the funds to purchase the land. The 38 acres of land is heavily wooded and is located in the floodplain. At this time, the land is limited in its use for activity such as various trails due to its location, Myers said. Plans include to clear the area from invasive honeysuckle and create a stream-side buffer for river protection, Meyers said.

The land would not be viable for the ball fields as part of the expansion of Paul G. Duke Park. Last summer, the city purchased the 118-acre Huelskamp Farm adjacent to the Duke Park for $1.5 million. The city has secured $600,000 in grants for the purchase of the property.

In other business:

• Council will consider the resolution (R-53-2015) to authorize the Troy Recreation Board to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for the concession operations for the little league football area and softball fields at the Paul G. Duke Park.

• Council will consider a resolution (R-55-2015) to increase the authorization for the city’s portion of the façade improvement project at 121 Public Square at a cost not to exceed $70,000.

• Council originally approved a CDBG project for $65,000. The lowest bid was from Becker Construction Inc. of Dayton at $67,245. According to the report, the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Community Development will allow reassignment of up to $5,000 of the CDBG funds to accommodate the additional cost. No funds will be needed from the general fund or from other non-CDBG sources. Emergency legislation was requested so a contract can be awarded to the lowest bidder and for work to commence.

• Council will consider a resolution (R-54-2015) to employ legal counsel for collection bargaining. The personnel committee approved to move forward with an agreement with the firm Denlinger, Rosenthal and Greenberg for legal services for collective bargaining and personnel services. The city has six bargaining unit agreements that expire at the year end.

Prior to the council meeting, the city’s finance committee will meet at 6:15 p.m. regarding the city’s income tax code and enacting a new income tax code to be in compliance with the new state tax laws on Jan. 1, 2016.

Land is located in the river floodplain; grant to pay for purchase

By Melanie Yingst

Reach Melanie Yingst at or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews

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