Council OK’s rec levy for ballot

Passes 2017 tax budget

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Troy City Council vote 8-1 in support of placing a 10-year, 2.01-mill park and recreation levy on the November ballot.

Council member Tom Kendall voted “No” on the resolution for its third reading on Monday.

The proposed levy would generate approximately $8 million over the 10-year period for proposed Duke Park North baseball and soccer field improvements, Miami Shores golf course clubhouse renovation and repairs and maintenance at the Troy Senior Citizen’s Center. If passed, the levy could cost $70.35 per $100,000 property value per year.

The levy was proposed by the grassroots organization called Operation Recreation 2020 and is not a city-led effort. The group has also pledged to raise more than $4 million in private donations and possible grants as part of its “public/private endeavor” for the improvements.

During the public comments prior to council’s vote, two residents spoke in favor of the levy in support of the baseball fields and the golf course renovations.

Council also passed the 2017 tax budget, which had a public hearing prior to council suspending the rules and voting on the resolution that was designated as an emergency.

Mayor Michael Beamish noted the Miami County Council voted to hold Halloween on Monday, Oct. 31, at its recent meeting.

Public service and safety director Patrick Titterington said the city’s newsletter now appears online every six months. Post cards are being used to notify the public of the online newsletter. To view the newsletter, visit

A resident shared with council her frustration with neighborhood drug overdoses and drug dealing she and her grandson witness on a consistent basis.

“We are at our last wits,” the resident said. “I’m just a concerned grandmother.”

President Marty Baker asked law director Grant Kerber if there was anything a resident could do about nuisance property owners.

Kerber said the city relies on the police department to conduct the investigation.

The resident said she has been in contact with police and gave them license plate numbers and other pictures of what has happened in her neighborhood. She said she now fears for her and her grandson’s safety after witnessing fighting in the neighbor’s front yards over alleged drug use.

Kerber said he shares the resident’s concerns and encouraged the resident to continue to help police and would look into more ways to help her on a civil basis.

President Baker said the police chief was in attendance to answer her questions.

Titterington said it was a matter of both due and criminal process and the properties in question are on the city’s radar.

Baker told her she appreciated the resident advising them of the problem.

Passes 2017 tax budget

By Melanie Yingst

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