By Steve Rensberry, Editor
Troy aldermen accepted the resignation of City Administrator Jeff Soland at their Aug. 19 council meeting, with Soland announcing in a letter that he would he was planning to retire and that his last day as city administrator would be Friday, Sept. 27.
“It has been a pleasure working with you and so many dedicated and knowledgeable employees, who truly do have our city’s best interest at heart,” Soland stated in the letter. “I hope to continue many of the relationships I have been fortunate to make over the past 12 and 1/2 years as city administrator, and almost 14 years as Troy alderman.”
Soland offered to assist in the transition in any way possible, and to be available afterwards to provide any information that might be helpful.
“I have appreciated the opportunities provided to grow both personally and professionally and want to thank you and our city council, both past and present, for those opportunities,” Soland said. “I wish all of my colleagues the best, and am certain the city of Troy will continue to grow and be successful.
Mayor Al Adomite called the news bitter sweet, wishing Soland well and complimenting him on the job he has done. “He’s retiring as one of the most respected city administrators on this side of the river,” Adomite said.
Aldermen were informed that the city had receive word that a $300,000 Metro East Park and Recreation District grant had been approved for the construction of a splash pad park in Troy. City officials intend to use approximately $1.2 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District funds.
An engineering agreement with Oates Associates in the amount of $141,000, paid with TIF funds, was approved by a vote of the council for the project.
Troy officers Chris Wasser and Ryan Meyer were both promoted and sworn in as lieutenants with the department at the council meeting. Board of Police Commissioners President Jim Hampton conducted the ceremony, which was attended by several family members and friends of the officers.
Travis Stutsman and Dawn Mushill with the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce were present to recognize contest winners in the chamber’s “Destroy Hate” contest held in early June. Stutsman spearheaded the contest, and said the whole point was to encourage people to think positive and spread love.
Aldermen approved several updated committee assignments, made necessary by changes on the council. Assignments are as follows:
Administrative & Community Services:
• Doug Partney, Chair
• Troy Turner, Vice Chair
• Dan Dawson
• Elizabeth Hellrung
Finance & Economic Development:
• Nathan Henderson, Chair
• Bonnie Levo, Vice Chair
• Tony Manley
• Sam Italiano
• Sam Italiano, Chair
• Tony Manley, Vice Chair
• Bonnie Levo
• Nathan Henderson
• Dan Dawson, Chair
• Elizabeth Hellrung, Vice Chair
• Troy Turner
• Doug Partney