Council considers $1.5 million farm purchase

Melanie Yingst -

Map of the 117-acre Huelskamp Farm which council will consider for purchase for $1.5 million on Monday.

Map of the 117-acre Huelskamp Farm which council will consider for purchase for $1.5 million on Monday.

TROY — Council will consider the purchase of the Huelskamp Farm, adjacent to the Paul G. Duke Park, for $1.5 million, along with other business items, during their regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

According to the director of public service and safety Patrick Titterington, majority of the funding will be from potential grants and sale of excess land to purchase the 117-acre Paul and Jill Huelskamp Farm, including the home and barns, located on North Troy-Sidney Road for $1.5 million.

Last week, the committee approved to seek emergency designation for the ordinance (O-23-2015) to purchase the property due to the anticipated closing of the sale within 60 days.

The home and barns may potentially house the city’s park department’s equipment and office area in the future.

Titterington also said the city anticipates to pay nearly $350,000 for the property it will retain after grants and excess land sales. Titterington said the city has several verbal and/or written grants will assist in the city’s purchase of the property. If approved, the property will more than double the size of Duke Park,which is the city’s main recreation sports facility.

The city will seek a one year bond anticipation note, which is a short-term note which carries a lower interest rate than a conventional bank loan, but a little higher than a long term bond would charge.

Other items on council’s agenda include:


R-39-2015 Enterprise Zone Agreement No. 36, ARC Abrasives and ZA60, LLC EMERGENCY 1st Reading

Arc Abrasives, Inc. and ZA60, LLC submitted an EZA application related to a new manufacturing facility to be built at 2219 Corporate Drive. The new facility would consolidate operations that are now in two buildings and provide the company with the room for expansion and new product lines.

In the past three years, Arc Abrasives has invested more than $1 million in new equipment and product lines. The proposal of Arc Abrasives under this application is to invest approximately $3 million in a new building with 66,000 square feet of floor area, and invest approximately $1.8 million in new machinery/equipment/furniture/fixtures. This would be total investment of approximately $4.8 million and the company would add 15 full-time jobs to their current workforce of 99. The company originally requested 100 percent property tax abatement for 15 years.

Staff has recommended 75 percent approval of abatement for 10 years on the new capital investment, which would be consistent with what has been approved for projects of this type and scope.

R-40-2015 Facility Encroachment Agreement w/CSX for McKaig Improvement, Phase II, EMERGENCY 1st Reading

The city has contracted for the construction of the McKaig Road Improvement Project, Phase II. The project includes a new storm sewer crossing under the CSX line. In order to complete this boring, CSX is requiring that the City execute a Facility Encroachment Agreement. The City has entered into such agreements associated with other projects boring under CSX lines, including the Deltech Water Line Project and Water Line Project No. 4 (Governors Road).

R-41-2015 Telecommunications contract w/Frontier Communications of America, $240,000 first year 1st reading

Council will consider an agreement with Frontier Communications for the purchase and installation of an integrated telecommunications upgrade to the city’s data networking, voice service, phone equipment and long distance systems at a cost not to exceed $240,000 for the first 12 months of service and the equipment purchase and installation. This agreement would be based on the State Bid process for the equipment and service. Currently, the city has four different vendors which currently are providing the city’s service. This contract will consolidate those services at a cost which is $6,500 more over a 12-month period due to the city’s outdated systems. Funds are available for this project; however, a reappropriation will be needed for the Technology Fund.


0-22-2015 Agreement w/ Troy Main Street, Taste of Troy event & notwithstanding Ordinance EMERGENCY 1st Reading

Council will consider Troy Main Street’s request to set up a beer garden during its annual Taste of Troy event on Sept. 19.

The beer garden will only be open to patrons 21 and over with ID and wrist bands for entry. No children will be permitted inside the beer garden area.

Troy Main Street has requested for the northwest quadrant’s parking area off of Prouty Plaza to become the event’s enclosed beer garden for the sale and consumption of beer and wine. The Sept. 19 event starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Proceeds from the sales of the beer and wine at the Taste of Troy will benefit the organization’s general fund for its events. Director of public service and safety Patrick Titterington said the beer garden area will be closed off with snow fence.

The city’s police and fire services will be briefed on the event, but will not be asked to provide additional services during the event. The beer garden will be staffed with TMS volunteers and their board.

If approved by council, TMS would need to apply for an F2 permit and carry liquor liability coverage. The proposal also includes a provision that states expenses incurred by the city over and above than the ones provided in Taste of Troy’s past events would need to be paid for by the TMS organization. According to reports, the estimate of the costs is approximately $300. The expense is for additional overtime for the street department’s set up of road barricades and other duties.

Emergency legislation has been requested by Troy Main Street for marketing purposes.

0-24-2015 Reappropriation Ordindance of the Technology Fund 1st Reading

The reappropriation is related to the Frontier Technology contract resolution in the amount of $137, 250.

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Map of the 117-acre Huelskamp Farm which council will consider for purchase for $1.5 million on Monday. of the 117-acre Huelskamp Farm which council will consider for purchase for $1.5 million on Monday.

Melanie Yingst

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