By Stephanie Malench
The Troy City Council met on April 18 and approved the FY 2022-2023 budget. FY 2021-2022 is slated to finish stronger than expected on April 30 with reserves in every department.
The General Fund Budget is $8,645,099.13. Specific department budgets of interest follow. The Motor Fuel Tax was set at $512,141.00. The TIF Fund is expected to bring in $1,393,484.00. Water and Sewer is budgeted at $2,946,020.00. Sewer Fund Revenue and expenses are balanced at $2,945,283.72.The Tourism Fund is currently set to bring in $220,000 and spend $271,310.
The first resolution passed for the evening authorized the Mayor to execute and the city to enter into a six year collective bargaining agreement with the Troy police dispatchers.
The second resolution updated the ordinance on parking. Updates included clearer definitions, a new section on what type of lights can be installed in parking lots, minimum size of parking posts according to layout, and a landscaping plan.
Three resolutions also passed unanimously. Two of the resolutions are intergovernmental agreements with Jarvis Township. The first was for a joint purchase of a Caterpillar 3-Ton paving roller, with each government paying $28,000 and their own insurance. The second gives the township permission to rent put a repeater and antennae on the water tower at no charge so the communication radios work in outlying portions of the township. Wisper and Madison County currently also have equipment on the tower.
The third resolution removes the requirement that the city clerk pay into the IMRF fund since the position is no longer a 600 hour a week position.
At the beginning of the meeting, Clerk Kim Thomas notified the board and public that a letter had been received a letter from Doris Sontel asking the city to bring awareness to the litter along the roads in the community. Sontel said road crews are mowing the trash and spreading it more instead of picking it up before mowing. Mayor Dave Nonn asked Thomas to reply to Sontel that the city and Chamber of Commerce are getting ready to start a project with the Boy Scouts addressing the issue.
During public comment, Brett Lehman addressed the council inviting them to participate in the Memorial Day parade on May 29. He would also like Nonn to speak at the ceremony at the park after the parade. The State Commander for the Illinois Disabled American Veterans will also be in the parade. Lehman is looking for people willing to drive the convertibles in the parade with all the dignitaries.
Paul Jarvis then addressed the council informing them of his new CD his band put out in November including a song , This “Ol’ Town of Troy”, which he would like to see made the official song of Troy.
The next meeting will be May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers.