TROY — City of Troy’s Public Service and Safety Director Patrick Titterington reported to the Community Improvement Corporation about the status of the city’s ongoing projects on Monday.
Titterington said a traffic engineer and future studies may be in the city’s future to improve traffic flow in several areas including the downtown Public Square and West Main Street.
Titterington said the city is looking to improve traffic and pedestrian flow around the Public Square and will be studying the city’s traffic lights and pedestrian systems.
Titterington said the lanes have narrowed on East Main Street going into the Public Square, which recently had a streetscape project that redesigned traffic flow. Titterington said the traffic redesign in that area has been well received and the same pattern may be copied at other similar intersections during their development in the future, he said.
Titterington noted efforts to expand downtown parking on East Main Street, near the Police Department, with the purchase and razing of three properties is underway. The parking areas should help parking demand from downtown as well as provide more residential parking options for the downtown second and third-floor residents.
CIC member and Troy Development Council’s J.C. Wallace reported the TDC learned a lot as one of the 50 finalists in the America’s Best Communities contest and will continue to move forward with many of the initiatives, which were presented during the contest.
This year is the last year for the “Partners in Progress” program, which created several new programs such as the Troy Career Connect website to recruit professionals and has approximately 120 job postings and 2,500 subscribers. Video and outreach to potential employees as well as new potential businesses and organizations were created to help showcase the community to help draw employees to Troy, Wallace said.
Wallace said the TDC will be looking at its workforce development needs and realign its initiatives with business needs such as continuing to explore the German workforce apprenticeship program, which the Upper Valley Career Center is modeling.
“We are going to be looking at what we can do as far as workforce programs go,” Wallace said. “What are their biggest challenges continuously because they are evolving all the time. We have an aggressive program set up to call on our companies throughout the community between now and August so as we are finishing our last year of Partners in Progress we are ready to roll out a new initiative next year.”
The CIC also welcomed city auditor John Frigge to join the board at its annual meeting on Monday.
Frigge replaces former Mayor Pete Jenkins who submitted his resignation from the board. Mayor Michael Beamish and the board’s nomination committee tapped Frigge to fill Jenkins’ seat. City council approved the appointment on Monday.
President Bill Lukens, vice president Arthur “Ozzie” Haddad, treasurer Mark Douglas and secretary Jim Dando will continue to serve as officers for the CIC.
Treasurer Mark Douglas said the CIC did not have any income or expenditures to report. The CIC’s fund balance is $2,047 and is the only asset of the CIC.
“Maybe things will look different in a year or so,” Douglas reported, noting the CIC’s recent lease of the city’s Marina building for $1 per year for the next five years as part of an agreement with the city of Troy.
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