City reduces size of DORA district

TROY — The city of Troy reduced the size of the proposed Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) by nearly half according to a revised plan sent by Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington on Monday.

The revised plan has its first reading on Monday by council. Letters opposing the DORA were read by president Bill Lutz and council member Bobby Phillips. Excerpts of the feedback are below.

The proposed DORA application process must comply with public notification and have three readings at city council. A public hearing for public input will be held Aug. 3 when council meets in-person at 7 p.m. at the Bravo Room at Hobart Arena. If all application procedures are on time and approved, the DORA application could be submitted to the state by mid-September.

According to the new plan the acreage of the DORA was reduced from 41 acres down to 21 acres. The reduction eliminates the section that would have extended the DORA to the grain elevator. Titterington stated the DORA boundaries can be modified by future council action at any time.

The timelines for discussion, including a committee meeting on July 27, did not change. Earlier this month, city staff proposed the designated outdoor refreshment area in the downtown area where patrons over 21 can purchase adult beverages from an establishment and carry them — in a designated cup — within downtown Troy.

All questions regarding the proposal should be directed to Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington at patrick.titterington@troyohio.gov or clerk of council Sue Knight at sue.knight@troyohio.gov.

• All alcoholic beverages must be in the official DORA cup with no outside container, can or bottle permitted.

• A patron can take the beverage from the point of purchase, but is not allowed to bring it inside another establishment that serves alcoholic beverages and must be disposed of prior to entering.

• The proposed hours of the DORA are Wednesday through Friday 5 p.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from noon to midnight.

The proposed district does not include the Miami County Courthouse or Safety Building area, but does include county-owned parking lots behind The Submarine House and Basils on Market, two restaurants that have permits to be part of the district.

Establishments that possess liquor permits and are qualified to have beverages to-go within the district include: The Brewery, Eagles Lodge No. 833, Redman’s Club, La Piazza, Mojo’s Bar and Grille, Leaf and Vine, The Caroline, Studio 14 Creative Arts Center, The Sub House, Moeller Brew Barn, Basils on Market, Tokyo Peking and the One Stop Drive Thru.

The DORA outlines the police and fire department responsibilities, including assigning additional officers for larger events. Larger events may also include a fire department response area for equipment and personnel.

Miami Valley Today reached out to Troy Police Department and all members of council regarding their opinions about the DORA,which will be published in a future article.

• The Troy Rec’s Executive Director Kelly Snyder opposes the DORA due to the The Rec’s youth programs within the district. Part of her letter stated, “We have seen teens pick up cigarette butts up off the sidewalk and smoke them, so I have no doubt in my mind, given the opportunity, they will drink whatever leftover alcohol they find.” She also stated she wasn’t opposed to alcohol beig served at special events, but the DORA lacks oversight. “I know our kids and I know the hardships they face and the families they come from, and I believe the DORA will open up too many opportunities to entice our kids to make bad decisions.”

• Barbara Parrock said she’s against the adoption of the DORA application and ordinance and said she’s unable to attend the public hearing on Aug. 3

• An excerpt of Mary Younce’s email to council stated, “I do believe that it is a bad example to children and teens, with adults walking around in plain view of children, laughing and drinking alcohol and socializing … this would be a message to the next generation that alcohol is OK … until parents hear the sirens of an ambulance or hear the sounds of the CareFlight helicopter flying over late at night and wonder if it is their teenager in a drinking and driving car accident. The decision of the people and officials of Troy, is one of, self vs. sacrifice. To give up something that they love (drinking) vs. to teach and protect our children from harm (future drinking).”