Troy City View Newsletter

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Greetings,
Welcome to the Troy City View.  This newsletter reflects our City’s ongoing efforts to communicate with our citizens in Troy and to inform you of the various aspects and ongoing events of our City.  I hope you find this as a very useful tool in your planning.

Sincerely,
Michael L. Beamish, Mayor.


Credit Cards Now Accepted for Utility Payment


The City of Troy is now offering utility customers the service of being able to pay City utility bills on-line with a credit card.   For those who wish to use this option, there will be a small convenience fee of $2.95 for transactions up to $100. Transactions over $100 have a 3% convenience fee.  The convenience fee is not kept by or paid to the City of Troy, but is charged by the third party provider to process the individual credit card transaction.

As a part of this optional service, customers can also check their City utility account online.  There is no charge to view the account.  To register for these services, just click here and follow the prompts.  The City cannot accept credit card payments at the payment windows or over the phone.  If there are questions, please call the Utility Billing Office at 937-335-4151.

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Tax Dollars at Work


* McKaig Avenue Reconstruction.  Street improvements will be made to McKaig Avenue (from Madison Street at the Railroad Crossing to the alley west of Lake Street) that includes road reconstruction, sidewalk, curb and drive approach replacement, stormwater drainage and utility improvements.  
* Water Tower. City Council has awarded the bid for construction of the new Extra High Service Water Tower to be located on the west side of Troy.  
* Traffic Signal Installation. A new traffic signal will be installed this summer at the intersection of West Market Street (SR 55) and Fenner Road.   
* North Market Street Bridge Redecking.  The City of Troy and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) are partnering to resurface the North Market Street Bridge.  During the project, the bridge will remain open but traffic will be modified with half of the bridge closed at a time.  The project is expected to begin this June.  
* Hobart Arena.  Construction has begun for the $7.2 million renovation of the building located at 255 Adams Street.  For a complete list of the renovation details, please visit www.hobartarena.com.   The renovation is expected to be completed in 2016.
* Marina Building. Located in Treasure Island, the renovation to this building has begun and include upgrades to the interior of the building, a new roof, and HVAC work.  The renovation is expected to be completed this spring.
* Treasure Island Park.  The development of this park is underway.  Development plans include construction of a new shelter house, gazebo, amphitheater, and the extension of the bike path.  The project is expected to be completed this spring.   

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City of Troy - Industrial Update


The City of Troy has come out of the Recession even stronger than before, with many businesses growing and expanding in the past year.  Below is an update of our healthy businesses that complement our strong workforce:

Select Arc, a welding products manufacturer based in Fort Loramie, has bought the RevWires building, located on West Stanfield Road.  It opened the Troy Operations with an intended initial employment of 20 jobs.  The building is large enough for immediate expansion of production and has extra land for future building additions.

Ecotec LTD, LLC bought the former TDN printing plant on Marybill Drive, and relocated from a smaller, leased space in Piqua.  Ecotec is a two-year old US company set up by Swedish company Micropower Invest AB, the leading manufacturer of battery chargers for industrial lift trucks in Europe.

R&E, LLC has completed its conversion of the former Bob Schul tennis barn on Olympic Drive for expansion of West Troy Tool and Machine, with 20,000 square feet available for lease to another manufacturer or warehouse.

WTTM’s former space on Marybill Drive remains partially occupied by its sister company, Global Source Manufacturing, with another 20,000 square feet available for yet another small manufacturer.  R&E also could relocate GSM to the Olympic Drive WTTM building and sell or lease the entire 46,000 square feet on Marybill Drive.

Remedi has taken the majority of the space in Miller Valentine’s Upper Miami Business Center on South Dorset Road.  Two bays of 6,400 square feet each remain available for new tenants.  They have been used in the past as one tenant space for warehousing, but Miller-Valentine also can build-out to suit a manufacturer or office tenant’s needs.

Waco Warehouse has occupied most of the former Nittsu Shoji warehouse on Barnhart Road for its existing industrial logistics customers, but has 40,000 square feet which could be leased separately or dedicated to a new tenant, with or without Waco’s logistics services.

Arett Sales’ garden catalog distribution center at 1261 Brukner Drive has 63,000 square feet of warehouse space available for lease to another manufacturing or distribution tenant.  Some building modifications, such as installation of restrooms, would be necessary if used for anything other than warehousing.

Avenue (formerly United Retail) will lease out its vacant mezzanine call/fulfillment center, which is set for 53 work stations.  Avenue also could dedicate up to 100,000 square feet of its active distribution center to a separate customer or could absorb a similar amount of flow into its own continuing sorting operations.

Earhart Petroleum bought the former 8,000 square feet insurance office building at 1201 Brukner Drive and is in the process of converting it to corporate offices.  Its propane gas operations remain at its Lytle Road facility outside Troy city limits and will expand to fill the former office area.

Crown Equipment has completed conversion of the former Motoman assembly plant on Dorset Road and is producing LPG engines for large capacity lift trucks intended for outdoor use.

F&P America has just recently received delivery of the two new large presses going into its recently constructed building addition.  Similarly, F.tech R&D North America has completed its building addition and installation of a second test bed which can test shake an entire automobile.

Faurecia Exhaust Systems has restarted additional production at its Archer Drive plant, with employment rising from a low of 30 to over 150 people.  Completed systems are being delivered to an Indiana GMC truck plant and straight tube production continues to feed several other Faurecia assembly plants.

Freudenberg-NOK has expanded further into its neighboring building and increased employment to nearly 250 people.  This resulted from the earlier purchase of an Iowa competitor and product line expansion.

Novacel/Troy Laminating and Coating have retooled and increased both production and employment.

United Technologies Landing Systems is in the process of a major office remodeling to accommodate the headquarters of UTC’s merged aircraft brakes and landing gear businesses.

Clopay continued its vertical integration by investing in additional machinery for panel production, as well as absorbing wood door business previously located in Washington state.

ConAgra continues refinement of its frozen school-lunch pizza product and has expanded the flavor offerings of its popular Slim Jim meat snacks.  It also added a health clinic as a benefit for employees and their families.

Other smaller shops and plants also are increasing production, which is increasing the importance of Troy Development Council’s workforce development initiatives.

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How to Protect the Stream when you Do It Yourself


Are you a "Do it Yourselfer"?

Knowing how to fix things like your car and lawnmower can save you money and give you a feeling of accomplishment.  Knowing how to keep our water clean while you are fixing things is just as important.  

Most of the materials that you use in your repairs are potential pollutants and can    seriously degrade our water quality. Motor oil, brake fluid, grease, brake dust, zinc, copper, hydraulic fluid, antifreeze, flushing fluids and even soapy carwash water are just a few of the chemicals that pollute our water.  If these pollutants find their way to the storm drain then they can get into the local stream.
 
Here are some tips to help you do it yourself and keep our streams and groundwater clean.
*Never put used motor oil, chemicals or debris down the storm drain, or dump on the ground.
*Recycle used motor oil, used oil filters and antifreeze at a mechanic’s shop or other recycling facility, or puncture and drain filters    completely before disposal
*Always use a drip pan to capture oil when doing an oil change
*Never hose down a spill. Absorb all small oil leaks (or other    fluids) in kitty litter, sweep up and put in trash
*Fix all leaks in all your vehicles
*Performing all repairs inside ensures that any drips of fluids will not come in contact with the rain and become stormwater pollution.
*Inspect all of your repair material containers (like jugs of waste oil, anti-freeze and cleaning chemicals, bottles of brake fluid, etc.) to    ensure there are no leaks or drips that get on the ground
*Store containers (including gas cans) in a leak-proof tray to     capture drips or possible leaks
*Make sure your trash cans don’t leak!  Besides drips of fluids on your driveway, leaky trashcans are notorious for causing     stormwater    pollution
*Wash your car, boat or lawnmower in the grass or take to a car wash to prevent dirty, soapy water from going down the storm drain
*Always use a funnel to prevent spillage when pouring fluids

1 gallon of  used motor oil can pollute 1 million gallons of fresh water!

Visit the “stormwater education” page at thecleanwaterbusiness.com for more information

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Property Maintenance


Most homeowners take great pride in their property and make diligent efforts to maintain every aspect of their home. The collective efforts of homeowners have a significant impact on the desirability of a community. When one property falls into disrepair or fails to meet local codes, the situation impacts adjacent homes. The following violations have been identified by the Zoning Inspectors as being those most often cited in complaints.
Tall Grass: Grass must be cut below a height of ten inches. All obnoxious weeds, brush, and other vegetative overgrowth must be cut down and disposed of properly.
Garbage & Debris: Litter and debris cannot collect and remain on a property. Typical violations involve broken or dilapidated furniture, household products, construction materials, and other unsightly or unsanitary items.
House Maintenance: Typical house structure violations include broken windows, roof and gutter problems, missing wall siding, and peeling paint.
Accessory Structures: All accessory structures, including garages, sheds, fences, retaining walls and swimming pools must be properly maintained and in good working condition.

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New Troy Businesses – 10/1/15 to 4/21/16


The City of Troy would like to recognize the following new or relocating businesses within the city:

2PM STYLE      125 S MARKET ST
A+ TUTORING   310 S DORSET RD
ATLAS DIGITAL SALES     1040 N MARKET ST
BECKSTROM ORTHODONTICS     1020 N MARKET ST
BRETHREN RETIREMENT COMM.     1400 ARTHUR DR
GUDORF LAW GROUP     120 W MAIN ST
HABITAT RESTORE    1490 W MAIN ST
HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS    1781 W MAIN ST
HOME STATE HEALTHCARE    107 W MARKET ST
INNOVATIVE STUDIOS LLC    1 E. MAIN ST.                   
J&D BICYCLES    500 N ELM ST
JF FUNDRAISING LLC    1100 WAYNE ST
KIRKLAND SOMMERS GEARHARDT    322 W MAIN ST
KONG HOI KUNG FU-TROY    1510 W MAIN ST
NDC INTEGRATING WELLNESS    110 S STANFIELD RD
NISSIN INT'L TRANSPORT     101 S STANFIELD RD
OCCUPANCY PERMIT    305 W STAUNTON RD
OHIO WEDDING OFFICIANTS    1100 WAYNE ST
PACHAMAMA MARKET    116 S MARKET ST
QUANTUM    1741 W MAIN ST
RELIABLE TENT RENTAL    206 S MARKET ST
THE TAVERN DOWNTOWN    116 W MAIN ST
TOWNE VALLEY GIFTS    410 W MAIN ST

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Dye Mill Facility


The Dye Mill Road facility is open.  The hours of operation will be Monday and Friday from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Please check our website for a list of items that are accepted at the Dye Mill Road facility or call (937) 335-1914.

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City of Troy Employee News


The City welcomes the following new employees: Craig Alread, Firefighter; Kyle Colbert, Firefighter; Joshua Deal, Patrol Officers; Joe Gates, Patrol Officer; Zachary Hook, Patrol Officer; Laura Hudson, Patrol Officer; Valerie Miller, Mayor’s Secretary. Please welcome these individuals to the City of Troy team!

The City would like to recognize the following individuals on their promotions: Wade Dexter, Platoon Commander, Eric Krites, Assistant Fire Chief; Julie Morrison, Human Resources Clerk.

The City thanks the following retired employees for their service to the City: Todd Bierly, Firefigher; Scot Gheen, Platoon Commander; David Grisby, Firefighter; James Knick, Firefighter; Karen Massie, Human Resources Secretary; Leonard Mullins, Parking Control Officer; Mary Jo Shaffer, Engineering Clerk; Mike Wattercutter, Firefighter. We wish them well in their retirements.

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2016 Special Events in Troy

Clicking HERE will open a PDF file that can be viewed and printed of all of the Special Events scheduled in the City of Troy. This list is updated frequently, so check back often!

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Activities Scheduled Throughout the Community


June 11  Hayner Whiskey Run 5K – (Start at Hayner, proceed to bike path) – 8:30 a.m.
July 10 Troy Triathlon – Begins at Treasure Island Park – 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
July 17 Troy Kids Triathlon – Troy Aquatic Park – 7:30 a.m. to Noon

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Beautification Committee


The Troy City Beautification Committee would like to invite all residents to go to the City’s web site and click on the Troy City Beautification link.  This link provides information about the Beautification Committee including information regarding the City of Troy Tree Maintenance Policy, Arbor Day celebration, Green Thumb Awards, and other related topics.

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Reminder to Bicyclists


As the weather increases so does bicycle traffic.  The Ohio Bicycle Federation offers these rules to help keep bicyclists safe:

Rules of the Road:  Bicycle drivers must follow the same traffic laws as other drivers for safe, fast and efficient travel.  For example, the law says to ride on the right.  Pedestrians walk on the left, facing traffic, so they can sidestep off the road if necessary.  Some people think it is safer to ride like a pedestrian to "see traffic coming".  But you cannot sidestep a bike.  Riding on the left is both illegal and dangerous, resulting over three times the crash risk.

Position on the Road:  Bicycle traffic law tells us to ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable.  It does not say as near as possible, because "hugging the curb" is often unsafe due to road hazards and because it invites motorists to pass where there is not enough room.  Be courteous and let cars pass when you can, but always maintain a safety zone to the right.

Making Turns:  The traffic rule for making a turn is exactly the same for bicycles as for other vehicles -- merge to the appropriate position (right for right turns, left for left turns), yield to any traffic that has the right of way, and turn.  Getting into position for a left turn may involve merging across lanes of traffic.  If traffic is heavy, you need to start doing this early to use gaps in the traffic.  Otherwise, there may not be a gap when you need one.  Beginners who have not yet developed the skill to merge and yield may make pedestrian-style turns instead.

Yielding:  When you merge to another lane on the roadway, you must first yield to any traffic that has the right of way.  Yielding means looking back to see what is coming while riding straight down the road.  This is a skill that takes practice to master.  Try to signal your move if possible.  Skip the signal if your hand is needed for control or to use the brake.

Being Seen:  An unseen cyclist is in great danger.  About 30 percent of cycling causalities occur at night although only about four percent of cycling is done then.  The reflectors that come with new bikes are inadequate for nighttime visibility.  Always use both a headlight and taillight if you ride in the dark.

About Sidewalks:  Bicycle riding on sidewalks is not allowed in Troy for individuals 13 years of age or older.  If you are under 13 years of age, please be aware that accident studies show that even slow sidewalk riding has about double the accident rate as riding on the road.  The danger increases with speed.  If you ride on the sidewalk, every intersection and even every driveway is a potential collision site.  Motorists crossing your path may not look for conflicting traffic on the sidewalk, especially if you are coming from the "wrong way".

Remember; if you are riding downtown please remember not to ride your bicycles on the sidewalk.  This is for the safety of the pedestrians and the bikers.

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Farmers Market Returns


The beautiful Downtown Troy Farmers Market will begin its season June 11, 2016. The market, located on South Cherry Street, will once again provide locally grown produce, handcrafted items, and entertainment each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 8, 2016.

Approximately 35 vendors will be set up each week providing a cornucopia of food items such as fresh fruits, vegetables, artesian cheeses, maple syrup, baked goods, breads, handmade soaps, crafts, flowers, and candies.  Plans to feature music, live art, dancing, cooking demonstrations and more will create a desirable shopping atmosphere.

For information on how to become a vendor at the Downtown Troy Farmers Market, call (937) 339-5455 or email Market Manager Kelly Snyder at kelly@troymainstreet.org.

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Troy City Council Meetings are Streamed Live
Troy City Council and Committee meetings can now be watched live on our website.  Simply click here to view meetings in while in session.  Please check out the city calendar on our website for times and dates of upcoming meetings. You can also view past meetings and presentations at our YouTube channel.

City of Troy Vision Statement, Mission Statement, and Values Statement

Vision:    The City of Troy will expand its reputation as a family-oriented, vibrant, financially, sustainable community focused on a diversity of economic development, educational opportunities, and high quality of life for its citizens, businesses, and visitors.

Mission:    Through sound and prudent leadership, the City of Troy is committed to sustaining its continued prominence as a regional hub by providing a well-balanced community for its residents, businesses and visitors, consisting of a vibrant downtown, growing economic base, strong educational environment, and plentiful recreational opportunities strengthened by public/private cooperation and grounded in financial stability.