Troy City Council OKs annexation

TROY — The Troy City Council has approved the annexation of approximately 163.634 acres along state Route 55 from Concord Township.

City council members approved three resolutions regarding the annexation during their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Nov. 21. The property involved in the annexation is located on both sides of state Route 55 between Nashville and Wilson Roads in Concord Township.

In other business, council members also postponed a resolution that would have authorized the city to join an appeal in the Tavern Building case. That resolution was postponed indefinitely, although the city can still spend up to $50,000 in legal fees before council approval is needed. Law Director Grant Kerber cannot represent the city of Troy in the Tavern Building Case due to a conflict of interest.

“There’s a potential to require legal advice,” Council member Jeff Schilling said.

Council members also approved resolutions authorizing the purchase of gasoline and diesel fuel on the open market for 2023-2025, and authorizing the city to advertise seeking bids for water meters in 2023-2025. Council also approved a resolution authorizing a $375,217.04 contract with the Miami County Health District for health services in 2023.

“Troy’s funding is based on the millage equivalent paid by the other political subdivisions in the county for public health services,” Council member Bill Twiss said. “Troy’s payment is funded from the general fund; the 2023 funding would be $375,217.04, an increase of approximately 2.55% above the 2022 funding.”

Council members also approved an ordinance raising the wages of seasonal and part-time employees to $10.10 per hour, starting on Jan. 1, 2023. The new pay rate “will reflect the impact of the Jan. 1, 2023 adjustment in the Ohio minimum wage rate,” Council member Todd Severt said.

Council members ended their meeting by honoring Troy Police Captain Jeff Kunkleman, who will retire from the Troy Police Department on Dec. 9.

“I would like to recognize and thank Captain Kunkleman on his years of service, and wish him well and congratulations on his retirement,” Council member Kristie Marshall said.

“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to meet you and work with you,” Severt said. “You’ve always served with integrity and dedication, and you will definitely be missed.”

“We definitely appreciate his service to the city, and wish him nothing but the best,” Severt said.

Council member’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5.