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Melanie Yingst


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TROY — Troy City Council unamiously approved the first section of Halifax Estates Subdivision, located at Troy-Urbana and DeWeese roads Monday.


Council members Tom Kendall and John Schweser were not in attendance and were formerly excused by council.


No public comments were made by members of council or the public. The developer is Halifax Land Company Inc., under Frank Harlow. At the April 29 committee meeting, it was recommended to move forward with no public comments.


Section One consists of 38.8522 acres, including 18 building lots on 19.4094 acres.


The zoning is R-1, Single-Family Residence District, with a minimum lot size of 40,000 square feet and lot sizes in Section One range from 40,800 square feet to 59,075 square feet. There is right-of-way dedication of 5.3421 acres. In lieu of green space dedication, there will be a fee of $500 per house collected with Zoning Permits and 14.1007 acres of non-building lots will be created.


The subdivision is located in Miami East Local School district and Dr. Todd Rappold, superintendent, attended the meeting.


Rappold said he will continue to follow how the growth will affect the school district. Rappold said the average class size in the district is around 100 students per class.


The Halifax Estates plans to build more than 100 homes on the north end of Troy multiple phases. According to previous comments, Harlow said the houses will range in price from $350,000 and up on the nearly one acre plots.


SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM


Council approved the Sidewalk Improvement Program Phase 8.


Phase 8 includes the area east of the spur railroad, north of Main Street, west of Mulberry and south of the river. Following council’s approval of the Resolution of Necessity regarding the repair/replacement for Phase 8 of this program, property owners received notice. Of the approximately 134 property owners in Phase 8, about 120 did not request permits to perform the work.


SEWER LINE WORK


Council approved the 2014 sewer line re-grouting and relining project to improve the integrity of the sewer lines and to reduce storm water inflow and infiltration. There are two separate segments of this project and the city engineer estimates a cost of $2.8 million for the Sewer Relining and Rehabilitation Project. The two segments of the project are:


• Southwest Interceptor Project — Relining pipe and manholes on about 9,000 lineal feet of sewer lines that extend from the Hawk’s Nest Subdivision and ending at County Road 25-A at the Southview Subdivision. This is an interceptor sewer line and ranges in size from 24 inches to 36 inches. The engineering estimate on this segment of the project is $1.8 million.


Northeast Sewer Project — Relining pipe and manholes on about 15,000 lineal feet of 8-inch and 10-inch pipe and associated manholes in the northeast side of the city, bounded by Staunton Road and North Market Street. The engineering estimate on this segment of the project is $1 million.


The intent is that the expenditure be authorized from the Sewer Fund balance, to be repaid into the fund from bond proceeds later this year. The additional cost has been reviewed with the city auditor, who advises that he can support the funding of the additional cost from the current Sewer Fund balance at this time with the understanding that the bond proceeds will replenish the fund balance. Depending on other expenditures from the Sewer Fund, a reappropriation may be needed prior to year end.


COMMITTEE MEETINGS AT 6 P.M.


A paving project, a bio-bug to reduce sludge and a water line project all will be considered at Troy City Council committee meetings at 6 p.m. today before council meets as a whole at 7 p.m. at City Hall.


2014 PAVING PROGRAM


The streets and sidewalks committee approved to recommend to authorize bidding for the 2014 paving program at a cost not to exceed $695,000.


The city engineer’s office has recommended the following city streets to be repaved this year: Sherman, South Elm, Mayfair, Curzon Circle,Westgate, West gate Court, Robinhood, Shaftsbury, Scenic Court, Meadow Lane, Linwood, Maplewood, Staunton Commons, Troy Towne Drive, Ridge Ave., Elm to Cedar, McKaig to Main, Penn to Penn, Mayfair to Culdesac, Ridge to Penn, Westgate to cul de sac, Adams Street Bridge to North Market, Adams to Sherwood, Stoneyridge to cul de sac, Cricket to Miami, Maplecrest to Ohio, Ohio to Meadowlane, Ohio to Butt joint, dead end to Main Street, West Market to McKaig.


The program also includes funds to pave Community Park for the bike path, the wastewater treatment plant parking and the cemetery. According to the report, the work on the South Cherry Street parking lot will be handled with a purchase order as that work will be completed for $45,000.


BIOAUGMENATION TO REDUCE SLUDGE


The utilities committee will recommend a professional services agreement with Archaea Solutions Inc. related to a trial bioaugmentation program at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, at a cost not to exceed $55,000 for 2014 (July through December), with two 12-month extensions of such agreement at a cost not to exceed $100,000 in each year 2015 and 2016.


As discussed during the budget meeting, the Wastewater Plant budget includes the amount of $80,000 related to a trial bioaugmentation program of Achaea bacterial inoculation that is to reduce the sludge volume. The basis of the program is that the cost of this program is more than offset by a reduction of the costs associated with the annual sludge disposal due to less sludge volume (estimated at 25-50 percent or more), reduced energy costs related to the sludge management process, and reduced sludge disposal costs.


The cost of the annual sludge disposal has been averaging at about $700,000. Archaea Solutions, Inc. has proposed that should the trial period not prove satisfactory, the City will be made whole for the costs of the initial implementation and product costs. City staff would closely monitor this program to determine if the target reductions are met and commensurate savings realized.


Archaea Solutions Inc. has indicated that if the city wishes to continue the program after the six month trial period, the unit cost of the product will not increase for calendar years 2015 and 2016.


$2.5 MILLION WATER LINE PROJECT


The utilities committee also will provide a recommendation to council regarding authorizing The Director of Public Service and Safety to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for two water line projects at a total cost not to exceed $2,520,000. The project includes a water line that loops the dead end line from the Hawk’s Nest Subdivision along State Route 718 and Barnhart Road to the existing waterline on Barnhart just north of State Route 55. This project also includes replacing undersized water lines on Oak, Frank and Scott streets. The construction estimate for this project is $1,550,000.


The second project would connect the water line loop in the Nottingham Subdivision under the railroad to Riverside Drive.


It also includes a waterline loop from the Nottingham Subdivision, through farmland north of Finsbury Lane, connecting to a water line at Fire Station No. 2. Finally the project includes replacing an undersized water line on Race Drive. The estimate of this project is $970,000.


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