Troy City Council approves ditch improvement project

By Jordan Green

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TROY — The Troy City Council authorized the city to seek bids for the Kidder Ditch improvement project at their Monday meeting.

“This project has been identified as the number one stormwater priority,” said Kristie Marshall, second ward council member.

The cost of the project is not to exceed $810,000. The drainage ditch, which runs from Deweese Road to Staunton Road, needs realignment, material excavation, and tree removal to improve water flow. The project limits are from the south side of North Market Street and end at Staunton Road while most of the work will take place between North Market Street and a ditch convergence point near Scenic Court. Additional concrete work is needed at the Maplecrest Bridge which is a point of debris congestion.

Also on Monday, the council authorized the city to seek bids for the Buckeye House renovation project. The cost is not to exceed the grant balance of $440,500.

The Buckeye House is a men’s homeless shelter located at 411-413 South Market Street. The city submitted a grant application, on behalf of the owner, for renovation that was approved by the Ohio Department of Development. The project, administered by the city, will include replacing the current HVAC system, the addition of a laundry room, and other major and minor renovations.

Later, the city entered into an agreement with Troy Main Street for the Aug. 26 Donut Jam and Can’t Stop Running for the Aug. 27 Tour de Donut.

“Both events include the use of public property, and one includes the use of public property for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages,” William Rozell, councilman-at-large.

The agreement with Can’t Stop Running would allow for the use of public property for the Tour de Donut bicycle race b. The city would close the public square and various roads for the event and would be reimbursed for overtime or any other related costs associated with the event. This agreement was approved by a vote of 9-0.

The agreement with Troy Main Street is for the Donut Jam taking place on August 26. It would permit the sale of alcohol within the DORA on both Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27. Troy Main Street would be required to obtain and meet the requirements for an F2 liquor permit as well as reimburse the city for any costs associated with the event. This agreement was approved by a vote of 8-1 with William Twiss, fifth ward councilman, voting no.

The council also appointed Matthew Post to the Board of Zoning Appeals at the request of Mayor Robin Oda. His term begins immediately and will last until Dec. 21, 2026.

The council suspended the three-reading rule on all legislation that required it.

At the end of the meeting, Mayor Robin Oda announced the quarterly recycling award winner, the Jackie Call family.

“To answer the question, ‘Why do you recycle?’ Jackie wrote that recycled materials can be reused, lowering the amount sent to landfills. We feel like we are doing our part, and it’s a good lesson for the kids—they’re learning what can be recycled,” said Oda.

The next Troy City Council meeting will take place on Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. at city hall.