Levy campaign stops at park board meeting

Troy voters will consider a 10-year, 2.01-mill levy

By Melanie Yingst - [email protected]

TROY — Council member Bobby Phillips presented the Operation Recreation 2020 levy information to the board of park commissioners at a joint meeting with the recreation board on Tuesday.

President Alan Kappers, Levi Fox and Becky Pierce were present. No members of the recreation board were present for the meeting.

Phillips serves as the chairman for the Operation Recreation 2020 and is not a city-led effort. On the Nov. 8 ballot, the city of Troy voters will consider a 10-year 2.01-mill park and recreation levy.

If passed, the levy would generate approximately $8 million over the 10-year period for proposed Duke Park North baseball and soccer field expansion and improvements, Miami Shores golf course clubhouse renovation and repairs and maintenance at the Troy Senior Citizens Center.

If passed, the levy could cost $70.35 per $100,000 property value per year.

Phillips said the committee discussed its private donation campaign. At the time of the Operation Recreation 2020 unveiling, the group announced it would seek a $4 million in private donations and pledges.

“Many folks have asked about private donations (and) the $4 million target that we have taken on to try to raise in addition to the levy amount. That has been put on hold because of discussions within our group and then reaching out to potential donors and they are wanting to see what is going to happen with the levy before they jump in and commit a dollar,” Phillips said. “We are waiting on that to see how our residents of our city vote on the levy itself.”

Phillips said the committee has raised money for yard signs and information pamphlets to distribute door-to-door.

Phillips said the group plans on hosting an informational open house in the evening hours on Oct. 25 at the First Place Community Center to see the “story boards” of the planned projects. No specific time has been set for the open house as of press time.

Phillips shared the committee’s priority list of projects if the levy would pass with Duke Park North recreation field expansion which has been estimated to cost up to $9.5 million for nine new baseball fields, three full-sized soccer fields; $400,000 for Duke Park infrastructure; $1 million for the park’s existing development and $300,000 for a new park department maintenance building.

“First and most important the priority of all the three of these projects is the baseball complex or facility at Duke Park and completion of the soccer fields and any and all infrastructure that is needed at the facility including water, lighting and sewer.”

Phillips said once the Duke Park North expansion is complete, the Miami Shores Clubhouse renovations would be next on the list of priorities. The golf course upgrades have been estimated to cost up to $1.5 million, including $1,250,000 for clubhouse and land renovations and a $250,000 driving range at the course.

“Over the years, the facility has been requested to be used for wedding receptions and other golf related items and once folks look at it is sorely lacking in ambiance and facilities to do things that are needed,” Phillips said.

The third and final component of the levy proposal includes $100,000 to fund the Troy Senior Citizens Center’s improvements. A breakdown of the costs include a $25,000 metal roof replacement, $5,000 for re-siding, $5,000 for foundation drainage, a $5,000 shuffleboard court, $15,000 for sidewalks and curbs, $10,000 for interior renovation, $5,000 new doors and windows and $30,000 parking lot resurfacing.

Troy voters will consider a 10-year, 2.01-mill levy

By Melanie Yingst

[email protected]

Reach Melanie Yingst at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews

Reach Melanie Yingst at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews

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