Park board’s Stan Phillips stepping down

City’s Christmas Tree to be set next week

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Last Tuesday, city of Troy park board vice-president Stan Phillips announced he will retire from the park board at the end of the year.

Phillip’s last board meeting will be December. Mayor Michael Beamish will appoint a new park board member to take Phillip’s seat.

All three department directors thanked Phillips for his service over the years.

The city of Troy will set the Public Square’s Christmas tree on Nov. 12 if the weather is favorable. The blue spruce was donated by Roger Adams of Glendale Avenue. Piqua Steel and Crane will assist city staff in setting the tree. The city will host its annual holiday tree lighting ceremony and parade on Friday, Nov. 27.

Park superintendent Jeremy Drake reported that the city of Troy project manager Stan Kegley is working with a local group to develop an adopt a park program to help volunteer specifically at Treasure Island Park.

Drake said Kegley is researching how the local group can help maintain the park once its construction is complete.

Drake said residents would volunteer to do small tasks such as pick up sticks and other chores beyond normal maintenance by city staff.

“It’d be nice to have extra eyes and extra hands at Treasure Island once its open,” Drake said.

President Alan Kappers asked Drake what community group was interested in volunteering. Drake said a local church group approached the parks department to help volunteer at the park and has volunteered to help with projects in the past.

Ken Siler, director of the recreation department, said the bid deadline for the Hobart Arena renovation project has been extended to Nov. 11.

President Kappers asked how many bid packets have been requested. Siler said at least 10 general contractors have requested the project bid information. Siler said the project’s architect controls the bid packet request process through an online file sharing site.

“It’s just a matter of how many of those (10 contractors) actually submit a bid,” Siler said.

The Hobart Arena renovation and expansion project is not to exceed $7.3 million.

At last month’s park board meeting, the board approved to keep Miami Shores Golf Course green fees the same in 2016. Ken Green, director, said other local courses such as Homestead and Echo Hill were keeping their rates the same. Green’s report included that trees at holes No. 8 and 13 were cut down. Green’s report also included the course’s food and beverage service has a net profit of $13,262 to date.

City’s Christmas Tree to be set next week

By Melanie Yingst

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