Last updated: August 18. 2014 7:32PM - 105 Views
By Melanie Yingst



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Melanie Yingst


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TROY — The ordinance regarding appropriations in regards to the proposed $10 million Riverfront Development project will have its second reading today by Troy City Council at 7 p.m. at City Hall.


The reappropriation ordinance proposed would increase the transfer amount from the General Fund by $1,967,500 and increases the expenditure amount of the Capital Improvement Fund by the same amount.


At the Aug. 4 council meeting, council member Bobby Phillips requested the funds be separated with the $720,000 consultant design work in its own ordinance and the remaining balance, approximately $552,500, for Treasure Island and the Marina work. The request failed to pass.


A motion to suspend the rules to push the ordinance through also failed.


The reappropration ordinance included the following projects according to council information:


• $720,000 — Estimated amount for a consultant to perform the design of the improvements to the Hobart Arena. The design work would include preparation of plans, specifications, bidding documents, final estimate for bidding purposes and construction administration.


• $85,000 — Estimated amount for a consultant to perform the design of the improvements to the Treasure Island Park. The design work would include preparation of plans, specifications, bidding documents, final estimate for bidding purposes and construction administration.


• $12,500 — Estimated amount for the consultant, App Architecture, to complete the plans, specifications, bidding documents, final estimate for bidding purposes for the Marina Building and construction administration.


• $1,000,000 — Construction estimate for the Marina Building. It is anticipated that this project could have the design work completed shortly, and council would then receive a request to authorize the bidding.


• $150,000 — Parking Lot Reconstruction


At the Aug. 4 meeting, city auditor John Stickel advised council that bond rates could increase and could add more than $3 million to the project if rates tick up more than 2 percent in the future.


Council member Alan Clark stated at the previous meeting he was concerned with staffing levels and the low rate of return of investment the Treasure Island and Marina may have in the future.


Phillips also said community members have voiced more complaints about quality of life issues such as trash service, pot holes in the city’s streets recently than in previous years.


In other council news:


• R-35-2014 Fee Schedule Adjustments — The resolution regarding the city’s fees adjustments will have its second reading.


If passed, the resolution will also address the ordinance on the agenda (O-23-2014) and its two-hour parking ordinance clarification.


Phillips requested a second reading for more community input.


The fee adjustments included board of zoning appeals, cemetery fees, increase in meter fees and a pilot kiosk project and handicapped and general parking violation fines to increase.


Also part of the resolution is to purchase a parking kiosk for the South Cherry Street parking lot. City staff has requested to purchase one parking lot kiosk as a pilot for the remaining parking lots in downtown Troy to replace the aging meters.


The Law Director’s Office has recommended that the following language be added to Section 351.15 regarding enforcement of the two-hour parking limit spaces to clarify that the intent is two hours per space per day:


“It shall be unlawful and a violation of the provisions of this Chapter for any person to cause, allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in the name of, or operated by such person to be parked or remain any parking space designated as two hour parking for any period in excess of two hours. It shall be a violation for any person to cause, allow, permit or suffer any motor vehicle to occupy the same parking space in any given day, during prohibited hours, at separate times more than two hours apart.”


The legislation also includes that “2 hour” parking shall be enforced between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except for legal holidays as designated by the Director of Public Service and Safety.


• O-25-2014 Temporary signs in industrial and commercial districts — An ordinance regarding the size of temporary signs in industrial and commercial districts will be held today. According to the council notes, the law and ordinance committee met on Aug. 11 to review a recommendation that in Industrial and Commercial Districts, the size of a temporary sign shall not exceed 48 square feet if the building on which the sign is to be affixed is setback 150 feet or more from the right-of-way. Current provisions limit the size to 24 square feet, and it can be difficult to read the sign from the setback distance.

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