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Property Development Tops Agenda at Council Meeting

By Steve Rensberry, Editor

The Troy City Council approved two motions related to property development at its meeting on March 4, while voting to table a third until zoning details could be worked out.

The first pertained to an amendment to the 10-year-old ordinance and annexation agreement with the Windsor Way Development Property, located on the east edge of the city off Illinois Route 162.

The original agreement asked that part of the development, mostly six lots situated near the roadway, be used for retail purposes — a reality that has yet to happen. The amended ordinance will keep that portion of the property as commercial, but exclude the retail requirement.

Discussion of potential businesses interested in locating there included talk of a medical building or office.

A second motion involved a resolution accepting an amended final development plan for Season’s Village – Outlot C. The property is located at 7513 Clarence Court.

According to the request, submitted by developer Don Osborn in December, 2018, the purpose is to split the lot into two lots of similar size to other lots that exist in the subdivision.

“The two lots would be more proportionate to all other lots for sale in Seasons Village and are consistent with the highest and best use,” the application states.

A third development-related matter that had been set for approval and involved a resubmitted preliminary plat and associated rezoning for a 25 acre section of land off Dorothy Drive called Serenade, being developed by Merrill Ottwein.

Questions about whether the property had been zoning properly when the plan was first presented about four years ago, namely from Agricultural to PD-R, instead of from Agricultural to R-1 or R-2 first, results in several minutes of discussion and an eventual motion to table it until the next meeting.

Troy City Administrator Jeff Soland gave a public works report in the absence of Public Works Director Rob Hancock, who was absent due to illness.

While the new above-ground water storage tank is now online, Soland said that some residents in a couple of areas have experienced a decrease in pressure. One thing they need to do is install a valve at a certain location along Route 162, he said, with completion about 1-2 weeks away.

Alderman gave their approval to hire Troy resident Greg Obucina as the city’s wastewater plant operator. Obucina will start on March 11 and will be paid at an hourly rate of $23.11 an hour. Officials said Obucina had previously worked for Granite City Steel before earning what is necessary to become a wastewater plant operator.

Huschle Lawn Service Exterior Remodeling was accepted as the lowest bidder for grass-cutting and landscaping services needed by the city each year.

Huschle was $30,840, with the next lowest being $67,044 from Element Turf & Outdoor Solutions.

Soland said that one reason the costs were higher this year was because of a decision to reduce the amount of mowing city staff were still having to do, about four times a month or more during warmer months. Prevailing wage requirements do no apply to lawn care services.

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