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. Troy’s picturesque parks system features job openings 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.

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…

September, 2014

The Police Department is working with the contractor that is building the pedestrian bridge over Hwy 61 to take care of any traffic issues that might arise. The bridge is coming along nicely and is estimated to be complete sometime in late October. That will be the final phase of a sidewalk project that gives us a new sidewalk from Main St., down Monroe St. through the park and then over to the high school.

Over the past month the Public Works Department has picked up four dogs at large. Two were returned to their owners and two are still in the pound. I remind everyone that every year starting on July 1 you need to come to city hall and get a tag for your dog. That way if your dog should ever get loose we could contact you to come and get him or her.

The Public Works guys have been doing some smoke testing of the sewer lines in various areas of the city. This process is used to find leaks in the sanitary sewer system along with illegal hook ups that let storm water or water from other sources into the sewer system. When that happens it puts unnecessary pressure on the wastewater treatment plants. Basically the plants are treating water that doesn’t need to be treated. I would like to remind everyone those ordinance 705.050 states: Surface Water. No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged, any storm waters, surface water, ground water, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, uncontaminated cooling water or unpolluted industrial process waters to any sanitary sewer. In the long run it will save you, the tax payers, money because it will reduce wear and tear on the plants which means less repairs. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

All eight of the tornado sirens were tested on August 6, 2014 and it was found that the siren at Hwy 47 west was not working. We have called the technician to check it out and get it fixed as soon as possible.

Sales tax deposits for August 2014 were 10.92% more than deposits for August of 2013. The 1% Local Sales Tax was 11.01% higher, the ½% transportation tax was 11.0% higher and the ½% Capital Improvement’s Tax was 10.64% higher than August of 2013. Our sales tax deposits are up by 17.72% for the 2015 fiscal year.

Representatives from the accounting firm of Croghan and Croghan P.C. were in our offices on Thursday, July 24, 2014 to begin the process for the audit and preparation of financial statements for our 2013-2914 fiscal year. This happens every year and we get the results of the audit towards the end of the year.

Upon receipt of tax rate computations of the 2014 property tax rate ceilings by the State of Missouri, it was necessary to hold a public hearing and adopt the tax rates by September 1, 2014. That public hearing was held August 28, 2014. As discussed during budget workshops, the Board of Alderman voted to continue the voluntary reduction of fifteen cents ($.15). That tax rate is $.2105 for every $100.00 of assessed valuation.

At the request of Aquatic Center pool patrons last year, the Aquatic Center was open 4pm-8pm Monday through Friday after school started August 14th and from noon to 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays. I hope that many of you were able to take advantage of the extended hours.

Jodi Schneider, City Clerk, has been working to scan minutes from Board of Alderman meetings into the computer. This software system was purchased during the prior year’s budget and to date minutes going back to 1987 are stored. This allows for faster searches for information that is required to fill requests by citizens as well as staff.

M & H Concrete has been awarded the contract to do repairs to Judy Lane from Huntington to Huntington. The contract price was $119,999.50 and comes with a substantial completion date of October 23, 2014 and a final completion date of November 7, 2014. The homeowners on Judy will be notified of any inconvenience while the job is underway.

The firm f3 Inc. has been awarded the contract to design improvements to Fairgrounds Park parking lot and Monroe St. through the park. The concept would be to move Monroe St. to along the trees and the parking lot adjacent to the park itself thereby eliminating park goers from having to cross the street to get to the park facilities. The city budgeted money for improvements but if the bids are too high we would just improve the current parking lot and have it restriped.

Well I am a bit late with this message this month so I will stop for now. Watch out for the kids now that school has started again and be kind to one another.

God bless you all.

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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