Park board OKs alcohol sales for events

Council’s parks and rec committee to meet today for review

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — The board of park commissioners gave their approval for two Treasure Island concerts that will include the sale of alcohol this summer.

The board met on April 5 and approved the request. Troy City Council’s Recreation and Parks Committee will review the request today at 5:45 p.m. at City Hall.

The concerts at Treasure Island Park will include “Phil Dirt Presents: Surf’s Up: A Tribute to the Beach Boys” on June 25 and the River Rock series’ “Parrots of the Caribbean” Jimmy Buffet tribute band on July 23.

The agreement includes alcohol use during the event with members of the city’s recreation department staff handing the alcohol sales and consumption according to state laws.

Hobart Arena Director Ken Siler said his staff will be serving adult beverages at the concerts at Treasure Island Park. Siler said his staff is trained by a professional event venue program on how to serve alcohol during public events. Siler said in regards to food service, additional food trucks may provide food service during the events.

President of the park board Alan Kappers asked why the events were labeled “non-ticketed events” and who would benefit from the sale of alcohol during the free concerts.

Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington said the city would receive the proceeds from the alcohol sales to offset the event costs. Titterington said the state liquor board may require the venue to be fenced off. Other restrictions may be required from other agencies, such as the Miami Conservancy District.

Titterington said the marina restaurant is currently in negotiations with a restaurateur who will also participate in the event food service and facilities.

Titterington said one more event, with a potential request for alcohol sales, may be planned during the 2016 Treasure Island inaugural season, which will be presented to the park board in the future.

Kappers and park board members Levi Fox and Becky Pierce approved the request.

The park board alos approved two concert dates for Prouty Plaza. The Cincinnati Symphony will perform on June 30 and the Air Force Band of Flight will perform on Aug. 10.

In other news:

The park board approved to seek a two-year cash farm lease agreement of approximately 59 acres of farm land associated with the former Huelskamp Farm. The resolution will be considered by Troy City Council at its committee meeting today. The portion of the property will not be developed as part of the expansion of Paul G. Duke Park this year, so city staff and park superintendent Jeremy Drake recommended the land be leased to farm for two years with a two one-year options to extend the contract if development is delayed in the future. Drake said the farm ground would be better maintained to prevent weeds and overgrowth if it remained as farm ground until development plans were made. Public Service and Safety Director Patrick Titterington said the funds generated by the lease of the farm land would be returned to the city’s general fund to offset the purchase price of the property.

The park board made a motion and approved to declare a surplus of land behind the Lincoln Community Center. The resolution will be presented to Troy City Council for approval. The request would deed the land back to the Troy City Schools, which is the owner of land at the LCC. The center uses the park land for activities such as a community garden and outdoor recreation.

Drake reported there has been an increase in turf damage from vehicles in the last two years at Duke Park and Boyer Park. Drake asked residents who see or hear suspicious activity in the parks to please call law enforcement. Drake said the turf damage is expensive to repair and the city will seek restitution to recover damages.

In August 2014, Joseph Trevelline was charged with damaging three soccer fields at Duke Park, causing $6,000 in damage. Drake said the most recent incident caused $3,000 in damages at Boyer Park.

Council’s parks and rec committee to meet today for review

By Melanie Yingst

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