by Josh Jones
Times Tribune Editor
TROY — The Troy City Council approved a resolution regarding maintenance operations using Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) funds during its regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 4 inside the City Council Chambers at the City Municipal Building.
The resolution lists several materials that will be needed and purchased utilizing MFT funds including bag mix, rip rap and much more. The total being requested is $617,887.50. The resolution does not approve a specific dollar amount to be spend, but is needed in order to spend MFT funds.
“That is a budgeted amount for Motor Fuel Tax, it is not a must spend, it is we can spend up to that amount,” said City Administrator Jay Keeven.
While this is an annual resolution, it was noted that the amount requested would look bigger this year as instead of requesting for 12 months the city is requesting MFT funds for 16 months, Jan. 1, 2024 through April 30, 2025. Keeven said they made the decision after talking with the Illinois Department of Transportation, which prefers a fiscal year schedule.
“We are going from calendar onto a fiscal year,” Keeven said.
The form the city used is used by all Local Public Agencies (LPAs) to submit their maintenance program and also submit their maintenance expenditure statements. A resolution (BLR 14220) must be submitted and approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) prior to incurring any expenditures. For items required to be bid the estimate of cost must be submitted prior to submittal of required bidding documents. Authorizations will be made based on the resolution and/or the approved contract/acceptance/material quotations documents, according to information provided.
Keeven spoke on the approach the city takes with its road maintenance. He said that they like to focus on the smaller more manageable projects in house, which saves the taxpayers money and allows them to focus on more projects overall.
“Our guys have the equipment to do all the smaller patchwork jobs and they have the expertise to be able to do that,” Keeven said. “So dollar for dollar not contracting that work out saves our taxpayers money because we are already paying the labor of our staff.”
In other business:
- The council approved the Nov. 20, 2023 city council meeting minutes.
- The council accepted the resignation of Officer Alex Reish.
- The council approved a conditional offers of employment to Probationary Patrol Officer Cody Blackburn.
- The council heard the chief of police report. Chief Chris Wasser said that Shop with a Cop was a success and thanked the community’s support. He said that he has more plans for the community this Christmas season and they are working with Troy Fire for an event on Dec. 21.
- The council heard the city engineer report.
- A concerned citizen brought up better lighting for the brick Troy signs.
- Gary Apperson and Santa Claus were present on behalf of the Troy/Edwardsville Shrine Club to thank the council for their support of this year’s Smoke N For the Kids BBQ Competition at Tri-Township Park.
- The city currently has 32 liquor licenses to be renewed and two additional on the way.