By Melanie Yingst
Troy City Council unanimously passed an ordinance related to carrying firearms in city parks, the city pool and cemeteries on Monday to align its rules with state law.
All members of council were present.
According to committee notes, while not being enforced, some city ordinance provisions are not in accordance with current state law related to a licensee to carry a concealed handgun into open park areas, swimming pools and cemeteries.
City law director Jim Livingston said the city can still prohibit the discharge of the firearms in those areas at the committee meeting held on July 9.
Andy Burton, a Troy resident who requested that the law be changed, said he was a Troy resident and cited several examples of assaults in the region which occurred on city property.
Troy resident Cynthia Schaefer asked for the full committee report which council member Robin Oda read. After its reading, Schaefer said she hoped council would vote the law down due to a recent incident where she was allegedly threatened in the city.
Council approved to a Project Agreement with the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) associated with OPWC for the city’s grant application for the McKaig Road Improvements Phase II in 2015. The grant will not exceed $450,000, which is approximately 48 percent of the current project estimate. Council member John Schweser asked if some of the funds would be expended out of the water and sewer fund. City of Troy director of service and safety Patrick Titterington said a portion of the project would use those funds.
Council approved that a resolution requested by ODOT to perform maintenance work on the State Route 41 bridge over I-75 in 2019 at no cost to the city of Troy. It will include new expansion joints, backwalls, sealing concrete surfaces and a concrete deck replacement. This project is expected to be completed in 2019 and will be done at no cost to the city of Troy.
Council also approved a second project requested by ODOT (R-32-2014) to perform resurfacing work in 2015 on portion of State Route 55 from Franklin Street to Staunton Road including the Public Square and a section of State Route 41 from the Public Square to Cherry Street. The city of Troy is to provide 20 percent of the cost. According to committee notes, in September 2011, city council approved R-45-2011 consenting to ODOT resurfacing projects in Troy during 2014. The work has been delayed into 2015. According to the committee reports, ODOT has now provided new consent legislation for the projects, which would be bid yet this year for work to be done early in 2015. The ODOT legislation would also rescind the prior legislation due to additional areas being added to the areas to be resurfaced.
The current ODOT estimate for the project is $377,816.40, with Troy’s share at $75,563.28. According to committee notes, the original bid for the work in 2011 was in the amount of $78,300 for the same project.
Other council business includes:
• Council approved the ordinance O-20-2014 to review the recommendation from the Troy Planning Commission that OL 43 be rezoned from R-5, Single-Family Residential District, to OR-1, Office Residential District. This is the address of 612 S. Market Street.
• Council approved ordinance O-21-2014 for the city of Troy’s Emergency Operation Plan routine updates. The ordinance is scheduled for routine updating to note changes in the city organization as well as any mandated federal or state revisions. This cycle is based upon the federal government preparedness objectives. The basic document is unchanged from the previously approved plan. Changes reflect today’s staffing and any modifications required per Federal and State guidelines.
The changes are to update the city’s organization chart; update the roster of city staff to be notified; added to checklist that Miami Conservancy District (MCD) Valves are closed, which is normally an MCD responsibility but would be performed by the City under emergency circumstances if MCD staff is not available; updated address and phone numbers of staff/vendors/contractors/contacts listed in the plan; updated the Police Department All Hazard Manual (a requirement of GALEA) addressing an active shooter scenario.