$1.9 million to kick start project fails to pass

Last updated: August 19. 2014 2:36PM - 314 Views
By Melanie Yingst



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By Melanie Yingst


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TROY — Troy City Council once again did not vote to pass the first initial funding of the proposed $10 million Riverfront Development project on Monday.


A motion to suspend the rules to push the $1.9 million Riverfront Development reappropriation ordinance through failed again on Monday. Council members Bobby Phillips, Robin Oda and Al Clark voted not to suspend the rules.


The ordinance will go to its third reading at the next council meeting on Sept. 2.


Council member Tom Kendall said he spoke to the city of Troy’s park superintendent Jeremy Drake about staffing levels in the parks department. Kendall said Drake told him that he did not need additional personnel if Treasure Island Park improvements are implemented — including the addition of an amphitheater and other landscape designs as part of the Riverfront Development project.


Kendall also said despite the park’s location in the river’s flood plain, the design plans for the park incorporates the water levels into its design.


Council member Al Clark said he appreciated Kendall’s comments, but he did not believe the supervisor should be doing tasks such as mowing and other labor on top of the administrative duties.


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.


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


Parking ordinance and fee schedule passes


The resolution regarding the city’s fees adjustments passed on Monday and will go in effect in 30 days.


The resolution also addressed the ordinance on the agenda (O-23-2014) and its two-hour parking ordinance clarification.


Council member John Schweser voted no on both the fee schedule and the parking ordinance.


After the meeting Schweser said he didn’t believe increasing the parking fines would benefit downtown merchants to attract customers to the downtown store fronts.


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.


Temporary signs in industrial and commercial districts — The ordinance regarding the size of temporary signs in industrial and commercial districts was passed unamiously. 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. The previous provisions limited the size to 24 square feet.


Melanie Yingst can be reached at myingst@civitasmedia.com or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews


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