Council adopts budget, pay increases

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — On Monday, city council unamiously approved its 2016 budget ordinance as well as an increase in wages and salaries for support staff and managerial staff.

Council member Tom Kendall was not present.

Council approved the salaries of non-union employees and city manager and staff through 2018.

In closing, Mayor Michael Beamish asked for the community to support the America’s Best Communities iniative. Beamish invited council and community members to attend two open houses about the contest at the city’s connection center in the northeast quadrant on the Public Square.

An open house will be held from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 14 and another open house on Jan. 14. Results from the contest will be public on Jan. 13.

“We will move forward regardless but we should know by Jan. 14,” Beamish said.

Beamish also reported that he has filled the seat vacated by board of park commissioner Stan Phillips who retired from the position earlier this month.

Beamish appointed Levi Fox to fill Phillip’s unexpired term for 2016.

“I think he brings not only youth, but everybody knows he has a lot of interest in recreation and parks. I think he’ll be a great replacement for Stan Philips,” Beamish said.

Titterington reported the city hopes to complete leaf collection by Dec. 18. The city offices will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 as well as Jan. 1. There will be a delay in trash pick-up during this time. Council member Robin Oda commented that the white Christmas lights around the Public Square looked great. Council member Bobby Phillips commended Hobart Arena staff for hosting a great concert during the Celtic Tenors performance.


All three resolutions for agency funding by the city were adopted. The agencies include the Troy Recreation Association for $29,000, Troy Main Street for $55,000 and Troy Development Council for $125,000. Council member Alan Clark abstained from voting on the Troy Recreation Association resolution since he serves on the board.

Council approved the resolution granting an extension of duty injury leave by 30 days for Troy Fire Department’s Elijah Evans.

Council approved to authorize the use of appointed attorneys as assistant law directors who work for the firm of Shipman, Dixon and Livingston LPA for legal services, clerical assistance and office space provisions. The appointments can be made effective Jan. 1. There is no cost to the city. The request was made by law director-elect Grant Kerber.

Council approved to renew a five-year agreement with Buisness First! for staff training and activities related to business retention and expansion for regional economic development programs. Membership renewal is requested by Dec. 18. The program is operated through the Troy Development Council, which pays the annual fee.

Council approved the resolution to provide online credit card payment for utility bills. The city will add the option to accept credit card payment for utility bills with the consumer paying a separate convenience fee. The proposed fee is $2.95 per transaction up to $100 and 3 percent for any transaction more than $100. The fee is not collected by the city, but by a third party vendor to collect the bill amount. The city is to pay a $600 software set-up fee. Other options include collecting payment for permits in the future.

Council approved to enter into an agreement with LJB Inc. to design McKaig Road Improvement Phase III, for a cost not to exceed $150,000. Council member Doug Tremblay abstained from the vote due to his daughter being employed at the firm. The street and utility project includes McKaig Road Improvements from Madison Street to the west alley of Lake Street. The design exceeds the $75,000 budget to include additional work, including a traffic study of McKaig Avenue and Ridge Avenue, locating sanitary sewer, a possible four parcels for right-of-way acquisition and post design services. The additional funds will be provided from the water fund, sewer and stormwater funds. The city funds the design but the construction project will be partially funded by the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Council approved to enter into an agreement for street lighting with Miami Valley Lighting for 10 years. The city of Troy would not have an increase in streetlight unit charges for the first five years and then a one-time 5 percent increase would follow the final five years. All mercury vapor lights will be upgraded to LED within the first five years.

Council approved to authorize the city to enter into an agremment with EMH&T for $115,500, including $6,000 for additional tower design costs. The agreement also includes $109,500 for construction administration and inspection services. The additional money is due to the new location of the water tower on Stanfield Road.

Council approved resolutions for contracts, including wages and benefits, for FOP police officers and police sergeants for 2016-2018. The proposed salaries will be effective beginning Jan. 1, 2016

Members of the law and ordinance committee will meet Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. to consider the proposed changes to amend the general plan of Stonebridge Meadows. The proposed plan additional lots from 134 to 138 lots and the removal of an existing home adjacent to the development.

Council also approved an ordiance for the final reappropriation of funds for 2015.

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By Melanie Yingst

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