Smoking ban in city parks dropped

TROY — Troy City Council dropped the ban on smoking in the city parks at its regular meeting Monday at Hobart Arena’s Bravo Room.

The Parks and Recreation Committee chairman Jeff Schilling reported the committee would not recommend a smoking ban for the city’s parks due to the “difficulty of enforcing such a ban” and that no information has been provided that smoking at public parks is an issue. The Board of Park Commissioners had recommended to council that a smoking ban be implemented for all public park property, including Miami Shores Golf Course, clubhouse, playgrounds, and other open spaces.

According to the committee report, Mayor Robin Oda commented that “she is not interested in more government intrusion not the subject of smoking and would hope that the fact that the subject has been discussed would remind smokers and non-smokers to be courteous.” Should this issue arise again, the committee said they would discuss the ban in the future.

The following agenda items were adopted:

• An agreement with Miami County Public Health for services for 2021 for $383,184.97, which is a 4.6 percent increase compared to 2020.

• A resolution urging the extension of holding electronic meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic with an emergency designation. Council member Zach Allen voted “No” on the resolution. Due to the rising case numbers of COVID-19, the Safety and Health Committee supported the resolution to extend electronic public meetings until the state of emergency is lifted.

• A resolution to waive the tap-in fee for Troy Community Works with the emergency designation

The Community Partnership Committee recommends the resolution to council so the project completion is not delayed. Troy Community Works requested the $14,300 tap-in fee be waived with the renovation of 1-3 E. Main St. The city has approved a$1 million CDBG grant for the project. The entire project is estimated to cost $2.6 million. It also fulfills the requirements for a state historic preservation office project.

• An ordinance to amend salaries for part-time and temporary workers to reflect the state’s increase in the minimum wage from $8.70 to $8.80 per hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, but the city is mandated to follow state rates.

• An ordinance for the final acceptance of the annexation of parcel by Miami Shores Golf Course for 2.446 acres from Staunton Twp.

• An ordinance to rezone 212 S. Mulberry St. from M-2, Light Industrial District to B-3, Central Business District had its first reading. The city of Troy is the applicant and owner. The rezoning is in relation to the new Fire Station No. 1 project on 110 E. Canal St. and to not split the zoning of the area. A public hearing is set for Dec. 7.

The following ordinances had public hearings with no public comments:

• 121 W. Franklin St., from B-3 Central Business District to Office-Residence District

• 25 S. Plum St., from B-3 Central Business District to Office-Residence District.

• 21 S. Plum St. from B-3 Central Business District to OR-1, Office-Residence District.

All three were reviewed and approved by the Troy Planning Commission. All ordinances will be reviewed by council committees will have a third reading at the council’s next meeting Dec. 7.

Aimee Shannon and Alisha Barton provided the council a report on the 2020 pop-up food pantry distribution events that have grown in Miami County.

Shannon said the group is planning for 1,200 families this Saturday, Nov. 21 for the distribution at Upper Valley Career Center. The pop-up pantry drive-through will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon. Barton said the Ohio National Guard assisted this spring and summer at the food distribution. They also noted Troy residents make up one third of those in need. Shannon also noted the Troy Hockey team has stepped in and helped as well.

Shannon also said free flu vaccines will be offered at the pop-up pantry event Saturday by Health Partners Free Clinic.