Sales tax deposits in the City of Troy for February 2013 were up by approximately 2.5 percent compared to this time one year ago. This was reported to the city’s board of aldermen at their February 2013 meeting by Linda Flinn, city treasurer. The one percent local sales tax was 2.45 percent more. A total of $162,511.60 was deposited compared to $158,6232.36 a year ago. The one-half percent transportation tax was 2.57 percent more, bringing in $81,004.27 compared to $78,971.18 in February 2012. The one-half percent capital improvement tax generated $81,069.05, a 3.31 percent increase from last year ($78,475.38. February deposits would be for December’s collections. Sales tax receipts for Fiscal Year 2013 are up approximately three percent.
Flinn also asked for board approval to ‘write off’ uncollectible utility billing accounts which was an action taken in 2011. The amount this year was $52,695.51 which represents uncollectible accounts from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2012. Attempts will continue to collect this amount through a collection agency. Also, the city will not allow any of these individuals to move back into a property in the city without bringing these accounts current.
Police Chief Jeff Taylor reported on personnel needs. Several of the officers will be holding training classes for department personnel. The police will begin a community check with the schools with officers having lunch with school students. A program has also been started with the day care centers. By working with the school district, all of the day cares are on a call list from the school district in reference to any emergency taking place in any of the schools.
City Clerk Jodi Schneider has received the Code Book Statute updates from Sullivan Publications and has forwarded the information to City Attorney Jesse Granneman for his review. She needs to research liquor ordinances to match up to the changes made at the state level. An ordinance will be ready in March. Contacts with Midwest Pools on timeline for swim lesson registration and pool rentals for the 2013 season have been made.
David Lindsey, building commissioner, reported seven new residential permits were issued last month, bringing the total to 25 for the fiscal year. Lindsey also said he is getting more requests on alternative energy systems which current ordinances do not cover. He also advised the board that consideration for a full time city engineer or at least a engineer consultant is needed on staff.
Clint Cunningham, public works superintendent, said crews had placed eight tons of asphalt in pothole patching and/or full depth repairs, said over 200 tons of salt and 2,500 gallons of salt brine were used on the streets through Feb. 19. Also, one pipe replaced on Lincoln Drive and storm drains were cleaned after the rains. All five tornado sirens were tested on Feb. 5 with all found to be in good working condition. In a budget cutting move, the board approved a request from public works to purchase a tanker truck that can haul sludge. Last year, the city contracted for this service at a cost of $55.2-9/17. They found a truck at the US Surplus Store in Jefferson City. The truck will allow the city to perform this service.