Season’s Greetings from Troy, Missouri

Nestled in the heart of Lincoln County and just 60 minutes from St. Louis, Troy offers a balance of rural charm and suburban convenience. Troy boasts a wide range of housing and has unique shops in its historic Main Street district. job openingsTroy’s picturesque parks system features walking trails, ball fields, acres of grassy picnic area, a duck pond, a skate park, and rentable pavilion space. Whether you’re planning a trip or relocating to this progressive town with a rural backdrop, you’ll find information about city amenities and services at cityoftroymissouri.com.

Holiday Hours
Closed Wednesday, December 24th & Thursday, December 25th

Open until noon on Wednesday, December 31st & Closed Thursday, January 1st

The City of Troy wishes you a safe and happy holiday!

April 7th Election Filing
Pursuant to Section 115.127 RSMo., notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of the City of Troy that the first day of candidate filing for the April 7, 2015 Municipal Election is 8:00 a.m., December 16, 2014 and that the last day of candidate filing is 4:30 p.m., January 20, 2015.

Alderman Ward 1: One (2-year term)

Alderman Ward II: One (2-year term)

Alderman Ward III: One (2-year term)

Declaration of Candidacy may be filed with the City Clerk, City Hall, 800 Cap Au Gris, Troy, Missouri 63379 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for December 24 and 25, 2014, until noon on December 31, 2014, January 1, 2015 and January 19, 2015 when the offices will be closed.

Declarations of Candidacy shall be placed on the ballot in the order they are received (entering City Hall using the Main Entrance-East access-double door).

The last day to register to vote for this election is March 11, 2015.

Stl250’s Cakeway to the West
The City of Troy Historic Woodsfort Park (log cabin) at Boone and Main Streets has been chosen as a site for Cakeway to the West. “Stl250’s Cakeway to the West is a signature project for the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis. Stl250 will place 250 four-foot-tall cake sculptures made of fiberglass that have been decorated by St. Louis artists at places of note throughout the 15-county bi-state St. Louis region. The cakes will be on display from February 14-December 31, 2014.

Each cake sculpture is activated through a social media app that will guide app users to the location, share information about why the location is notable and award the user points making them eligible for prize drawings. We anticipate that the project will generate visibility for—and visitors to—each host location, while helping visitors and residents to learn more about the region’s wealth of assets.”

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From the Mayor’s Desk…

December, 2014

I hope you are all doing well as we enter the 2014 holiday season. I know that it is always a stressful time of the year for many people so I would hope that you can take a little time to stop and think about the many blessings that we all have, we have much to be thankful for. Remember the reason that we should be celebrating Christmas and that is the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Police Department is completing a three year cycle of continuing education training. By the end of 2014 all of the department personnel will be up to date on their training. In light of recent events that is a very significant milestone. Very soon the stripping will be complete on the three new squad cars. You may have notice that the department now has three Dodge Chargers in the fleet, very similar to the type driven by the MCHP. Finally, around December 10th officer Chris Hollingsworth will be returning to the force. Officer Hollingsworth has spent the last year on active duty with the U.S. Army stationed in Kosovo. We welcome him back and are glad he returned to us safely.

The Public Works Department has purchased a new hand held tablet and software that they can use to map the location of all of the City’s sewer lines, water lines and storm sewers. You can indicate were the storm inlets, fire hydrants and manholes are. This is valuable knowledge in case of a natural disaster as well as everyday maintenance. The information on when a repair was made and what type of repair will allow the City to generate reports for MoDNR and the EPA to show what progress has been made on our I and I situation. They informed me that they have already found errors in the locations that were indicated under the old system.

Sales tax deposits for November of 2014 were 7.49% more than deposits for November of 2013. The 1% Local Sales Tax was 6.18% higher, the 1/2% Transportation Tax was 11.28% higher and the 1/2% Capital Improvement’s Tax was 6.49% higher than November of 2013. For the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year our sales tax receipts are up by 11.93% as compared to the same period in FY2014.

Representatives from the accounting firm of Croghan and Croghan P.C. at city hall early in November to do the field work for this year’s financial audit for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.submitted to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board and posted on the Electronic Municipal Market Access website no later than December 31, 2014.

Since this is typically a slow time of year for home building that was reflected in that we only issued two new housing permits for the month of December.

The first day of candidate filing for the April 7, 2015 Municipal Election begins at 8:00 a.m. on December 16, 2014. Candidate filing end at 4:30p.m. on January 20, 2015. There are three seats, one in each ward, that are up for election in April. HB 1136 enacted during this year’s legislative session deleted Section 115.305 RSMo which exempted municipalities from the provisions of the subchapter on Political Parties and Nomination of Candidates. As a result, candidates for municipal office are required to file an affidavit with their Declaration of Candidacy that thy are not delinquent on state income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes or real property taxes with the Missouri Department of Revenue.

The risk manager for Missouri Rural Services-Workers Compensation Trust brought the City’s annual report along with statistics over the last ten years for review. The risk manager encouraged the City’s Safety Committee to investigate all incidents for proactive remedies to curb future injuries and volunteered to address the group on safety issues in February-March of 2015. Overall the City’s experience rating remains low and consistent.

The Board of Alderman approved the creation of the position of Director of Parks and Recreation. The new Director will be in charge of managing the aquatic center as well as all of the activities in the city parks. They will be tasked with developing new activities like summer day camps, various lessons and so forth. This person will also be in charge of seeking out and securing any grant monies that be out there that would allow us to improve the park system. The funds that are being used to pay the pool management company will be the source of the money for the new director’s salary. We are developing a job description so that we can get someone hired as soon as possible after the first of the new year. This is a very exciting first step towards what I hope will improve the quality of life for the citizens of Troy.

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May your holiday season be joyful and safe. Be kind to one another and I will see you again in 2015.

Mark

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Over the past several years, Lincoln County has faced floods, fires, missing children, boil orders, automobile accidents and flu outbreaks, and the new system, Nixle, will help residents stay informed, officials say. Nixle allows emergency service agencies to send emergency alerts, advisories and community messages to everyone in the county database. The emergency service agencies include Lincoln County Emergency Management, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County Fire Protection District #1, Lincoln County Health Department, and the City of Troy. Residents can sign up to get the alerts for free at www.nixle.com or by texting their Zip code to 888777. They can also download the free iPhone Nixle app. Resident can select whether they want to receive texts, emails or phone messages.
Consumer Confidence Report
Troy’s 2013 Annual Water Quality Report click here to see report.
Sanitation & Recycling Schedule
The Troy Board of Alderman have entered into an agreement with Christian Environmental Services to provide solid waste, recycling and yard waste collection for the residents of Troy. The routing will be implemented and the City will be divided out into four sections and trash, recycle and yard waste will be picked up on the same day in each quadrant. The contract started July 1, 2013. Click here for Christian Environmental Services’ website and here for the new Sanitation & Recycling Schedule
Recycling at City Hall
Looking for a recycling site? The City of Troy invites residents and non-residents to use a recycle dumpster that’s been placed on the south parking lot of City Hall at 800 Cap Au Gris. Patrons may recycle paper, cardboard boxes, plastics, aluminum and glass items. Christian Disposal, the City’s contracted residential trash hauler, asks patrons to rinse recyclable materials before discarding them.
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