Troy Mayor Mark Cross broke a deadlock (tie) Monday night in regards to an across-the-board salary increase for city employees during the next fiscal year beginning July 1.
Alderman Ron Sconce had requested a clarification that the most recent budget summary reflected a three percent step increase in payroll for city employees. Treasurer Linda Flinn confirmed that the increase was reflected in the budget summary at approximately $87,000. A motion was made to retain the three percent in the payroll. Voting ‘no’ were Aldermen Sconce, Ron Walters and Margaret Eversmeyer. Aldermen Dennis Detert, Janet Bass and Lisa Anderson voted to approve the motion. This forced Mayor Cross to cast the deciding vote and he voted to retain the proposed increase. In executive session, the board approved individual changes for Tonya Hawkins, deputy city clerk/Payroll/Human Resources; Tyler Eveland, Jeffrey Horn and Brad Shaw. The board also authorized Mayor Cross for a contract with Cindy Davenport for prosecuting attorney services.
Lisa Jones requested a dog variance for five dogs. Two of her dogs came under her care upon the death of her mother. All the dogs are up-to-date with their rabies vaccination. No neighbors complained but a police officer observed all the dogs while issuing a tall grass violation in the neighborhood.
“Usually, a specific reason is given when asking for a variance and for a specific amount of time,” said Alderman Sconce adding a blanket variance could not be considered. After discussion, a motion was made granting a six-month variance in order for him to comply with the city dog ordinance. It passed.
Richard Steen, a resident of Campbell Court for 25 years and a business owner, was there concerning a city ordinance which prohibits parking his vehicle on the grass on his property. He received a citation from a police officer while issuing notice next door. “The ordinance is overbearing and should address flagrant problems instead,” he said adding he observed several vehicles parked in the grass at other residences enroute to the meeting. He said the ordinance was adopted in 2005 and should be reviewed, not be a harassment to people.
Roger Jefferson spoke on behalf of his mother who lives at 611 West Cherry. Since he addressed the board last month, the ‘portable’ garage at the adjacent property had been completed. He wanted assurance from the board he would have access to the back of his mother’s yard via the alleyway since it was blocked by a parked vehicle. Chief Taylor responded that an officer had discussed with the neighbor to park the vehicle either in their driveway or in the garage. Jefferson asked that the city bear the expense
for the alleyway, not his mother. A couple of aldermen expressed this was a dispute between two neighbors and this was property that the public had no interest in.
The board accepted the gift of Kiwanis International of playground equipment for the city park and the installation of it by the local Kiwanis Club. The city will dismantle and removed the existing equipment.
The board voted to remove the request for audio/visual equipment for the conference room and the computer tablets from the budget requests. This represented a savings of approximately $40,000.