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Troy Council Approves $307,669 In MFT Expenditures

By Steve Rensberry, Editor

Alderman on the Troy City Council approved a resolution at their April 15 meeting detailing a list of maintenance operations that will be funded with $307,669 in Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) revenue the city received this year.

The city’s portion of MFT funds are distributed each year by the Illinois Department of Transportation, with municipalities required to specify exactly how the money will be spent, the purpose of which must be related to the maintenance of streets and highways.

As approved, the resolution cites a total of $82,257 for street and sidewalk maintenance, $71,720 for crack sealing work, $79,965 for snow removal, $7,823 for drainage work, $7,914 for sweeping, $50,000 for street lights, and $7,990 for sign work.

The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.

Monday’s meeting was attended by only four alderman, Troy Turner, Sam Italiano, Doug Partney, and Jason Henderson, with Mayor Al Adomite voting on all motions in order to have a quorum. Aldermen Matt Thompson, Dan Jackson, and Bonnie Levo were each absent for various reasons.

A motion to approve a special use permit for EJ Equipment also passed on a vote of 5-0, with the mayor casting the fifth vote. The business is located at 1920 Formosa Road.

The company had sought permission to construct a paint booth inside of its current facility, which was not permitted under the existing zoning designation of C-3 Highway Commercial.

The request was brought before the city’s Planning Commission last Thursday, including a public hearing, with members voting unanimously to recommend approval.

“This is a unit that will be inside of one of their bays,” Partney said, in reporting on the Planning Commission meeting, noting that it could possibly mean the employment of 4 or 5 more people at the facility, ultimately enlarging the city’s tax base.

Troy Police Chief Brad Parsons reported that approximately 340 runners participated in the Kyle Deatherage 5K Run recently, including the mayor, and that part of the event included meeting with Deatherage’s widow and officially putting his old motorcycle back into service. It will be ridden by Troy Officer Cody Lucas.

Parson noted that long-time dispatcher Donna Markovich will be retiring at the end of May, and that they would need to be thinking about finding a replacement. The department is also continuing to strictly enforce the law with regard to distracted driving, and use of mobile devices while behind the wheel.

A third motion, also approved unanimously, pertained to a waiver of the intent by the Southwester Illinois Development Agency, to issue $15 million in revenue bonds to Illinois Health Facilities, Inc.  (also known as Anderson Hospital), which is using the money to finance several recent projects, including the ExpressCare facility in Troy, but also at their facility in Maryville and for the construction of an outpatient services facility in Bethalto.

City Attorney Fred Keck said the decision for Anderson to borrow the money has no economic impact on the city of Troy, but that the city’s input or agreement was legally required in that some of the work is within the city’s district.

Under the new business report for March, four commercial business registrations were noted:

* Anderson Hospital, 108 W. Highway 40, for the new urgent care facility

* Quest Diagnostics, at 108 W. Highway 40, described as a specimen collection location.

* Dooley’s Entertainment, at 427 Edwardsville Road, Suite 3, a gaming cafe.

* Tru Design Salon, at 306 Edwardsville Road, Unit A, a rental stations hair salon.

A sign permit was granted for Tru Design Salon.

The monthly building and zoning report shows a year-to-date estimated value of construction at $3.74 million, compared to $4.07 million at this time last year, and $3.38 million in 2017.

The city’s portion of revenue from gaming operations in the city totaled $14,434 in January (reported in April), compared to $11,603 the month before, and $13,641 the month before that.

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