Troy’s DORA public hearing set for Aug. 3

TROY — A public hearing regarding the city of Troy’s proposed Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Hobart Arena’s Bravo Room.

The public hearing will be held prior to city council’s regular business agenda.

In July, city staff proposed the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) 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’s DORA district.

According to the LexisNexis Community Crime Map, from Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2019, there were 128 alcohol related offenses within the city of Troy. Those offenses include under the influence of drugs or alcohol and operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI), open container and underage consumption. Of those offenses, 90 were OVI-related offenses, 28 were open containers of alcohol and 10 were underage consumption. These reports were initial charges prior to court appearances where they may have been reduced or dismissed. Of the 128 offenses, five were reported by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office within city limits.

In 2018 within the city of Troy limits, there were 188 alcohol related offenses, and in 2017, there were 158 alcohol related offenses. Troy Police Department staff did not respond for request to comment on the DORA application.

The following establishments that serve alcohol within the proposed DORA have had the following incidents in 2019 and 2020 related to their business address, which required Troy Police Department response:

• Redman’s Club had one disorderly conduct report in August 2019

• Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club had one reckless operation/OVI in November 2019; one disturbance in May 2020

• Leaf and Vine recorded one disturbance in May 2020, one OVI in June 2020, one assault in July 2019, three disturbance calls in October and November 2019, one drug offense in October 2019 and two liquor violations in September and November 2019

• The Submarine House recorded one assault in June 2020, one disorderly conduct and four disturbance calls in June 2020 and six disorderly calls in 2019, 11 disturbance calls in 2019, one menacing call in August 2019, an OVI traffic stop in October 2019

• Moeller Brew Barn recorded four loud noise complaints in May and June 2020 and one OVI in June 2020

• MoJo’s Bar and Grille recorded one disorderly call in August 2019

• Basil’s on Market had one disturbance call in June 2020.

The city of Troy reduced the size of the proposed DORA from 41 acres down to 21 acres. City officials said the DORA boundaries can be modified by future council action at any time.

The proposed DORA application process must comply with public notification and have three readings at city council. The second reading will be on Monday.

All questions or comments 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.

If the DORA is approved by council and then by the state, the following guidelines will be part of the district:

• 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.