By Charlie Feldman
Funding for improvements to Formosa Road was among the topics on and off the agenda when the Troy City Council met on Monday, April 5 at City Hall.
This meeting was the last for Mayor Allen Adomite before the spring election, held on Tuesday, April 6. Future mayor Dave Nonn and future city clerk Kim Thomas, who ran unopposed, watched the proceedings from the back of the room.
Troy will receive $112,000 in Illinois Department of Transportation funds for the project that includes improvements to Formosa Road from Illinois Route 162 to the entrance to Quad Company Ready Mix. This is part of IDOT’s fiscal year 2022 Truck Access Route Program.
The TARP funding will be available after July 1, 2021 provided the Illinois General Assembly appropriates the necessary funding for state fiscal year 2022 which ends on June 30, 2022.
The council authorized rezoning 16.97 acres west of SRA Bradley Smith Drive from R-1 residential to C-2 commercial property. Although the project planned for that place fell through, Adomite said, the rezoning is still in the city’s Comprehensive Plan. “Even though we don’t now have a project that’s imminent,” he said, “We’d still like to move forward and give it commercial.”
Land annexed to the city is automatically given the R-1, or residential, zoning designation, he said. The next step after that is some kind of commercial zoning.
On a related subject, the board accepted the 2021 annual Rezoning Map required by law.
In other action, the Council approved:
• authorizing the mayor to sign a contract with Melrose Pyrotechnics, Inc. for this year’s Fourth of July fireworks.
• the resignation of Board of Appeals Chairman Dan Jackson effective April 30. This will allow the new mayor, Dave Nonn, to appoint a new chairman as he takes office. Jackson has served the city of Troy intermittently since 1986.
• the retirement of building inspector Dave Fults effective May 7.
• the hiring of Andrea Lambert as Building and Zoning administrative clerk at an hourly wage of $22.73 effective May 1.
A moment of silence was held for longtime street employee Donald Kramlich, who died suddenly on Thursday, April 1.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.