Sales tax deposits in the City of Troy were virtually equivalent ($539.17) less compared to March 2013. This was the report from Treasurer Linda Flinn to the Troy Board of Aldermen at their March meeting. March deposits would be for January’s collections and the sales tax receipts for Fiscal Year 2014 are still up by 2.18 percent compared to one year ago.
Deposits in the one percent local sales tax totaled $205,890.03 (0.19 percent higher); the deposits in the one-half cent sales tax were $894,543.89 (down 1.48 percent) and the one-half percent capital improvements were up 2.65 percent ($829, 028.69). Overall, sale tax deposits are up 2.18 percent for the fiscal year.
Flinn also said MoDOT said the portion of the funding for the pedestrian bridge over Hwy. 61 is due on March 24. The amount the city has committed is $36,000 from the capital improvements fund.
Chief Jeff Taylor said Det. James Stewart has been promoted as the public information officer for the police department. Taylor also is looking into the acquisition of body worn video recorders. Under training, the officers will have ICS 300 and 400 classes coordinated through SEMA and the Lincoln County Fire District; host racial profiling classes including outside agencies on April 15 and 16; a lock-up Police Combat System training taught by Lt. Tienter.
Taylor informed the aldermen of several incidents of ‘egging’ vehicles. Officer Reeds was able to ascertain a suspect buying a large quantity of eggs early one morning and during follow-up, two juveniles and one adult were arrested.
Under the building commissioner’s report, there were seven permits issued during the month and 62 for the year.
City Clerk Jodi Schneider said the safety committee held a tornado drill to implement a planned safe place inside city hall and for roadway employees to head to the nearest underground safe place and/or firehouse basement. Schneider and Tonya Hawkins, human resources director, attending recent training in Columbia. The electronic recycling event has been scheduled for June 28 and additional eight cubic foot recycling bin has been requested for the city hall parking lot.
Under the park board report, a discussion between the board and Schneider was held on the overlaps and conflicts with baseball, football, soccer, adult softball and special events on city fields and facilities.
Some of the ideas for next year’s budget included dog waste receptables on trails, curbing from Lincoln Dr. through Fairgrounds Park, basketball court remodeling, safety surfaces at playgrounds, new bathroom partitions, lights on Diamond Four, baseball field resurfacing, park and recreation administrator position, resurfacing Weinand Park, etc. The park board requests an accurate account of the vandalism including repair cost, staff cost, and hours spent on each repair. Vandalism is a recurring issue in the parks. They are also looking into a memorial bench project.
Public Works Superintendent Clint Cunningham said eight tons of asphalt in pothole patching and/or full depth repairs during the month with50 tons of salt and 1,500 gallons of liquid de-icer used on the streets. Storm inlets were cleaned and sewer mains and lift stations treated with chemicals.