Concession manager position approved

TROY — Troy City Council approved to establish a salary and new position for a concession/ food and beverage manager for the Hobart Arena and Troy Aquatic Park on Monday.

The ordinance (O-14-2015) to establish the new position for a manager to oversee all concession operations at Hobart Arena and the Troy Aquatic Park. The position of Concessions/Food and Beverage Manager was established with a pay grade of MGT -1 with a salary range of $47,994.95 up to $56,233.02.

The ordinance passed 7-0. Council members Alan Clark and Brock Heath were not in attendance.

Councilman John Schweser asked if the position had a job description. Director of Public service and safety Patrick Titterington said the job description would be written by the Troy Civil Service Commission upon council approval.

Schweser then asked if the city golf course concessions would be included in the concession/food and beverage manager’s duties.

Titterington said at this time no, but in the future city staff will look at ways to “fold all that together eventually.”

Councilman Bobby Phillips asked how the new position would impact the nonprofits currently operating the concessions.

“As part of the reorganization, the non profits will still be called on because we will need volunteers as we always needed for events, so part of this will continue that part of agreement,” Titterington said.

President Marty Baker asked what the city’s course of action would be if the position is unable to “pay for itself” in terms of increase concession profits for the TAP and Hobart Arena and if council would receive a report on its progress.

Titterington said the recreation board could request a report after 18-24 months to determine the profitability of the position. The position will be effective during the arena’s extensive renovations which includes the expansion of the concession operations.

“You’d want to have some post renovation track record and performance before coming to the council. I would imagine any budget discussions could include how that position is doing and do we want to continue to use it or do we want to go back our old way of doing it,” Titterington said.

Titterington said the concessions consultant figures were conservative in terms of profitability and could keep more profits in-house with the position.

In other business:

Council woman Robin Oda asked if the visibility issues at the recently completed N. Market/Piqua-Troy/Troy-Urbana Road would be fixed the resolution referenced to the project.

Titterington said the authorization for the project has nothing to do with the visibility issue at the intersection. Titterington said the intersection has an elevation issue, but it is still in compliance. Titterington also said the issue may be more apparent at the intersection with the widening of the intersection and with crops in the fields to the north.

Titterington said,”We did talk to the engineer about it and confirmed that it was done to specs and to standards and it was. We would have been concerned if we had not been able to move forward after the stop bar and be able to see without going to traffic, then we would have looked at some reconstruction.”

Council unanimously approved the resolution to increase authorization for N. Market/Piqua-Troy Road project to $806,422.20. The project was authorized to not exceed $790,300 with $350,000 of the projected funded by the Ohio Public Works Commission. The city was advised that due to less than favorable soil conditions, resulting in instability, increased the need for significantly higher quantities of fill material and the higher project costs.

Council also unanimously approved to negotiate jointly with other cities regarding street lighting costs. The contract could save the city up to 20 percent off of costs.