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Sales tax revenue up this month in Troy, water usage back to normal

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

What goes up, then goes down other than a see saw movement? Revenue from sales tax sources for the City of Troy.

The cycle for the latest reporting period  was up by approximately 35 percent as compared to September 2011, according to Linda Flinn, city treasurer. The one percent local sales tax was 33.97 percent more, bringing in $289,155.60 this reporting period. The one-half percent transportation tax was 35.04 percent more with $138,120.93 collected. The one-half cent capital improvements tax revenue was $144,292.96. However, deposits overall are down by approximately one percent to the same period last year.

Troy Police Chief Jeff Taylor informed the board the new power shift was implemented Sept. 5 which places an extra officer from noon until 10 p.m. during the power shift. The department’s training for the new Enterpol service will be held in October. This is an area which had not been updated for several years and after training by the officers, will add efficiency to the city. During the month of September, the officers worked 42 traffic accidents and responded to over 500 calls.

In Clint Cunningham’s (public works superintendent), average daily water usage was down to approximately 1.5 million gallons, compared to the higher totals during this summer’s drought.  The current totals is close to what it should be in a normal year. Fire hydrants have been painted and the different color tops indicate how much water they will flow. There are close to 600 hydrants and just a little over half had been painted at the time of the report. All bacteriological samples sent to the state were absent of any contamination.


David Lindsey, building department commissioner, informed the board the deadline for the MS4 municipal separate storm sewer system has been extended to May 14, 2013. During the month, only two residential permits were issued, increasing the total to six for the year. There were no permits for commercial projects issued.  There were no reports covering activities of the Historic Preservation Commission nor the Board of Adjustments for the month.

Lindsey provided a report on activities conducted by the Planning and Zoning Commission. They voted to recommend approval  of a Final (Record) Plat for Crooked Creek Estates Plat The request was from the R-III School District.

Under citizen comments, Ron Walters expressed his concerns about the Buchanan Creek culvert on Huntington. His concern was the culvert being able to withstand increasing high levels of water runoff during heavy rains. Developments upstream has resulted in more water running down. Later in the meeting, he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The board passed an ordinance adding a new chapter under an ordinance regulating the sale of precious metals, jewelry, gems and coins. This established higher bond requirement and the time which a business holds the item. This aids the police in investigation and recovery of stolen items.

Fr. Tom Wissler, along with members of the Sacred Heart Parish in regards to the city assuming maintenance of the lift station/ grinder pump operated by the parish. Under some discussion, the issue will be further investigated to see if future sewer development in the area would better address the issue.

The Aquatic Center closed for the season following the Labor Day weekend and a special canine day.