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FALL 2019 248.524.1147 Fire Department Open House | 4 October 6 Citizen's Academy Returns | 23 SAFEbuilt Scholarship Winners | 6 Business Briefs | 12 Road…

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FALL 2019 248.524.1147 Fire Department Open House | 4 October 6 Citizen's Academy Returns | 23 SAFEbuilt Scholarship Winners | 6 Business Briefs | 12 Road Report | 42 1 Fall 2019 Table of Contents Troy Elected Officials Business News................................................................ 12 Dane Slater, Mayor..................................248.524.3500 Community Events......................................................... 4 Ethan Baker, Mayor Pro Tem................248.524.3500 Citizen's Academy Application ...................................23 COUNCIL MEMBERS Fire...................................................................................... 10 Edna Abrahim...........................................248.524.3500 Historic Village................................................................ 38 David Hamilton.........................................586.930.5278 Library................................................................................ 24 Dave Henderson......................................248.321.0151 Nature Center.................................................................. 34 Ellen Hodorek...........................................248.524.3500 Police.................................................................................. 8 Ed Pennington..........................................248.210.8835 Road Construction.......................................................... 42 SAFEbuilt Scholarship................................................... 6 Troy Family Daze............................................................. 22 Services for Persons with Disabilities Phone Directory Adaptive Recreation & Sports.............. 248.524.3484 Adaptive Toys/ Emergencies.................................................................911 Educational Materials/ Library..............248.524.3538 TROY CITY OFFICES & FACILITIES ADA Coordinator, Salim Huerta...........248.524.3354 Animal Control (Oakland County).......248.391.4102 Detroit Information Service...................248.524.3484 Assessing Department...........................248.524.3311 Friendship Club Newsletter..................248.524.3484 Building Inspection/SAFEbuilt.............248.524.3344 Home Chore Program............................248.524.1147 City Clerk....................................................248.524.3316 Hospital Equipment Loan Closet......... 248.524.3484 City Manager.............................................248.524.3330 Library Outreach (Home Delivery)......248.524.3554 Code Enforcement..................................248.524.3359 Meals for Homebound Persons........... 248.689.0001 Community Affairs/Cable...................... 248.524.1147 Medi-Go Plus Transportation...............248.457.1100 Community Center..................................248.524.3484 Smart Dial-a-Ride.....................................248.362.3436 Economic Development.........................248.524.3314 Video Magnifier use @ Library/Community Center Engineering...............................................248.524.3383 Video Phone for Persons Using Sign Language Fire (non-emergency).............................248.524.3419 at the Community Center.....................248.524.3484 Human Resources...................................248.524.3339 Wheelchair Sports...................................248.858.7596 Police (non-emergency)......................... 248.524.3477 Public Works / Streets............................ 248.524.3392 Recreation Dept.......................................248.524.3484 Refuse and Recycling Recycling / Solid Waste..........................248.524.3399 Labor Day – Pick-up delayed one day starting Stage Nature Center...............................248.688.9703 Monday, September 2 Treasurer....................................................248.524.3333 Thanksgiving – Pick-up delayed Troy Historic Village................................248.524.3570 one day starting Thursday, Troy Public Library...................................248.524.3538 November 28 Water & Sewer Services........................ 248.524.3370 Learn everything you need to know about Refuse & Recycling at troymi.gov 2 Dear Readers, interest and age. Sign up now for the 4th annual Frightful 5k on I hope you're enjoying the great summer weather as we October 27 and run on Big Beaver head into fall. Our Troy Farmers Market has been a hit Road in your favorite Halloween for its second season and it continues through the end of costume. September. Be sure to check out the local farmers and food We are in the process of updating the Parks & Rec Master vendors in the Troy Library Parking Lot every Friday from Plan (2020-2024) and need your help. We're conducting 2 – 6 pm. There is something for everyone! a survey until September 6 to get input from both Troy In order to communicate better with our residents, the City residents and non-residents https://survey.sogosurvey/r/ of Troy rolled out a municipal Smart Phone App – MyCivic Troy RecreationPlan. Your input will be critical as we App. This new app will provide more proactive public look forward to the next five years and try to find ways to engagement and connect our citizens to all of the services, improve our parks and recreation system. resources, and information that the City has to offer. Our City employees are second to none working tirelessly to Whether it is issue reporting, City news, event calendars, move the City forward. Take advantage of all the fabulous department directories, paying bills, or finding parks and services and the fun that Troy has to offer each and every facilities, this “whole” city app will house it all in one user- season of the year at the Troy Public Library, Community friendly app branded for the City of Troy. Sign up for the Center, Historic Village, and Stage Nature Center. app on Google Play Store or iTunes – search for MITroy. There is always so much to do in Troy. You should have received the fall Troy Recreation booklet about two weeks ago filled with events and programs catering to every Mark F. Miller, City Manager | mark.miller@troymi.gov City Council Meetings troymi.gov/currentagenda youtube.com/TroyMichiganGov Regular meetings take place in Council Chambers at City Hall, and are open to the public. City Council meets at least two Mondays per month at 7:30 pm and schedules additional study sessions as necessary. Meeting times and locations Upcoming Council Meetings Watch Council Meetings may be confirmed through the City September 9 & 23 Channel 10 on WOW Clerk’s Office by calling 248.524.3316. October 7 & 21 Channel 17 on Comcast The meeting schedule, agendas, minutes November 11 & 25 Channel 99 on AT&T and webcasts are available at troymi.gov. Agendas are posted by the Thursday Council Meetings Replayed: evening before the Monday meeting or Wednesdays @ 10 am Saturdays & Sundays @ as soon as possible. Thursdays @ 7 pm 4 pm & 10pm 3 Community TROY TODAY FALL 2019 events So 4TH ANNUAL GAME rit y ftb BATTLE OF THE BADGES al ha Troy Firefighters l Troy Police C VS VS On My Own Troy Firefighters Wednesday, September 4 at 6 pm Friday September 6 at 7 pm Boulan Park on Ball Diamond #2 Flynn Park, South Blvd near the concession stand $10 adults | $5 Kids 12 and under Donations accepted Proceeds benefit the Proceeds benefit On My Own Firefighter Memorial Monument City General Give Blood Election and Save a Life Troy Community Center September 21 – November 1 Mon. – Fri. | Absentee ballots Room 304 & 305 | 9am – 9pm available Wednesday, September 25 October 21 Thursday, September 26 Last day to register to vote by mail October 22 - November 5 For appointments, please call 313.300.9617 or 248.524.1147 Voters must register in-person at the City Clerk's or visit redcrossblood.org. To donate you must be over 17 Office and weigh at least 110 lbs. Photo ID required. November 2 8 am-4 pm | Clerk's Office open for in-person Absentee voting The Harvest is In! November 4 8 am-4 pm | Last day to vote Absentee November 5 7 am-8 pm | Election Day For more information, visit troymi.gov/elections Every Friday through September 27 Pop Up Clerk's Office | Troy Public Library 2-6 pm | Library Parking Lot Sept 21 | 12-2 pm | Oct 26 | 11 am-1 pm 4 e Stati iFOPEN HOUSEon r TROY TODAY Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. FALL 2019 Plan and Practice Sunday, October 6 | 1-4 pm Your Escape! Fire Station 1 | 1019 E. Big Beaver Fire Station 2 | 5600 Livernois Fire Station 3 | 2400 W. Big Beaver Fire Station 4 | 2117 E. Maple Fire Station 5 | 6399 John R Fire Station 6 | 5901 Coolidge For more information and specific activities, visit the Troy Fire Department’s website at: troymi.gov/fire Nature 4th Annual Troy Community Center Uncorked Sunday, October 27 | 8:30 am Wine & Beer Tasting Fundraiser Pumpkin 1k starts at 9:30 am Friday, November 1 | 6-9 pm Run the 5k route along Big Beaver in your Troy Community Center | Ages 21+ Best Halloween costume. $40/person before October 28, $50 after Wine & Beer Samplings | Hors d’oeuvres Inflatables ○ Age appropriate results Wine Pull | Silent Auction | Live Entertainment Free open swim after the race For more info and to purchase tickets Registration Fees visit stagenaturecenter.org or call 248.688.9703 Early: $25/5k | $10/1k ○ Week of: $35/$10 Day of: $45/$20 Winter Wonderland Registration fee includes shirt, bag, & open swim. Friday, December 6 6:30 – 9 pm | Free Info at rec.troymi.gov/frightful5k SAVE Christmas Tree lighting, THE games, crafts, food, fun, visits with Santa, DATE musical entertainment and more. 5 TROY TODAY FALL 2019 SAFEbuilt Scholarship City Congratulates 2019 Youth Achievement Award Winners The Youth Achievement Awards are intended to honor Team Captain (2017). In the fall, Maddie plans to attend and recognize those youth that live in the City, who have the University of Michigan, in the College of Engineering made a significant impact on the Troy community through with a focus on Aerospace. volunteer work or other special deeds and actions, and This year’s second place graduating senior awardee who demonstrate exceptional leadership and career/ is Heather Durfee, a 2018 International Academy East academic purpose. The City of Troy’s SAFEbuilt Inc. graduate. She graduated with a 4.398 GPA and in her contributes the funds for these awards. four years at IA East, successfully completed six honors “SAFEbuilt is proud to support the local youth and the classes and completed the International Baccalaureate City by offering this scholarship opportunity,” Troy’s program. SAFEBuilt Building Official Randy McClure said. “We In addition to her exceptional academics, Heather was were very impressed with the winners and congratulate also an active member in extracurricular activities, Madeline (Maddie) Purvis and Heather Durfee for their including National Art Honors Society, National Spanish commitment to giving back to Troy. Maddie and Heather Honors Society, Art Club, Red Cross Club, and Orchestra. represent the best of Troy’s youth and are role models Heather was one of only 24 students selected for the to their peers.” IB Visual Arts at the Diploma level. This is a highly This year’s first place graduating senior awardee is selective, two-year program in which students are Maddie Purvis, a 2018 Athens High School graduate. trained in a variety of media at a college level, but also She graduated with a 4.37 GPA and in her four years engage in extensive research. Heather has spent time at Athens High, successfully completed seven AP tutoring students in Spanish, and also teaching Sunday classes, and a number of honors classes. In addition to School. She organized an event at Vista Maria, a her exceptional academics, Maddie was also an active residential treatment program for adolescents, to do art member in extracurricular activities, including National projects which the IA will continue. Heather volunteered Honor Society; Student Council – President (2019), Vice to be a peer support to the students at Troy Center for President (2016-18), Executive Board (2018), Class MVP Transition (post-high program for students with cognitive (2017-18), Unsung Hero Award (2018). She is very proud challenges). She met with students on a weekly basis, of working together with the Athens Student Council to providing one-on-one and/or group peer support to raise record setting funds each year during Charity Week the students by socializing, playing games, modeling for very worthy organizations. “Our family philosophy appropriate behavior, and building connections. In the is even if you do not have the monetary means, you can fall, Heather plans to attend Wayne State University, always give of your time,” said Maddie. majoring in the Biological Sciences, with an interest in Maddie was a MHSAA Scholar Athlete Finalist (2019), Pre-Med or medical research. Varsity Cheerleader earning numerous awards including Both Maddie and Heather were praised by the Troy Sideline Varsity Cheerleading Leader by Example City Council for their accomplishments, leadership, and (2018), Competitive & Sideline Cheerleading Highest dedication to bettering Troy. The City of Troy is very GPA (2016-18), Competitive Cheerleading Scholar fortunate to have young people like Maddie and Heather Athlete (2016-2019), CCCAM Academic All-State Team who regularly give back to their community, making it an (2017-19), and Sideline & Competitive Cheerleading exceptional place to live. Senior Captain (2018-19). She also was the JV Tennis 6 TROY TODAY FALL 2019 Protecting Our Water... It's as Easy as these 7 Simple Steps Did you know that over three million people depend on 6 6. CHOOSE EARTH FRIENDLY LANDSCAPING. our lakes and streams for their drinking water? In SE Protect your pets, kids, and the environment by using Michigan there are over 300,000 registered boaters pesticides sparingly. Also, water your lawn only when it and 3.5 million people visit a local park each year. needs it and choose plants native to Michigan. With this many people depending on our lakes and 7 7. SAVE WATER. streams for drinking water and recreation, we need to Overwatering our lawns can easily carry pollution to the be careful how we treat our water. storm drains and to our lakes and streams. Consider using a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks and Here are Seven Simple Steps you can take to driveways. Direct hoses and sprinklers on the lawn, not protect our lakes and streams. the driveway. This will help save our lakes and streams 11. KEEP POLLUTION OUT OF STORM DRAINS. and save you money. Storm drains lead directly to our lakes and streams. Never dump oil, pet waste, leaves, dirty water, or Did you know? anything down a storm drain. Remember, only rain in the drain. Fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn for 2 2. FERTILIZE CARINGLY AND SPARINGLY. growing a healthier, greener lawn next spring. But remember to protect Excess fertilizer that gets into storm drains pollutes our lakes. Sweep excess fertilizer back onto your lawn, use a our drinking water by using an low or no phosphorus fertilizer, and have your soil tested to see what, if any, fertilizer is needed. Earth-Friendly 33. CAREFULLY STORE AND DISPOSE OF Fertilizer HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS, CHEMICALS, AND OIL. • SLOW-RELEASE NITROGEN Instead of putting hazardous products like antifreeze, • LOW OR NO PHOSPHORUS motor oil, and pesticides in the trash, down the storm • FREE OF PESTICIDES drain, or on the ground, take them to SOCRRA. 4 4. CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR PET. Use the recommended amount. Twice as much is Whether on a walk or in your yard, promptly clean up never twice as good. after your pet. Not only will be you a good neighbor, you will also protect our water from harmful bacteria. To see if your lawn care provider offers earth- 55. PRACTICE GOOD CAR CARE. friendly fertilizing options, contact michigan green Consider taking your car to a car wash or washing your industry association at 248.646.4992 or visit car on the grass. landscape.org. 7 TROY TODAY FALL 2019 Neighborhood watch 2. BUSES & WALKERS Schools everywhere were not designed for today’s volume of vehicular drop off and pick up traffic. If appropriate and applicable, please consider allowing your child to walk to school or ride the bus. 3. EARLY DROP OFF Please consider dropping your child off as early as permitted in order to reduce the drop off rush. 4. PEDESTRIANS Pay special attention to pedestrian traffic around Back to School Safety schools, especially our students walking to school. Reduce distractions such as cell phone use. School driving and drop off safety tips 5. FOLLOW THE SCHOOL RULES With the school year right around the corner, the Troy In recent years, schools have been reviewing the Police Department is calling upon residents to help procedures for safe drop offs in order to ensure make the daily trip to school safer. safety and efficiency. Please review and follow the 1. NO PARKING ZONES rules for your school. Please do not park, stop, or stand, even briefly, in 6. RESIDENTIAL AREA SAFETY posted “No Parking” zones, especially near schools. Please do not block driveways or generate excessive These zones were designed to allow for the safe travel noise. Paying special attention to the speed limit, of buses, pedestrians, and other vehicles. stop signs, and other traffic control devices is highly recommended. Parents Who Host Lose the Most With a new school year underway, the Troy Police Department and Troy Community Coalition are asking Troy parents to take a stand against underage drinking by not allowing it in their homes. The Troy Police Department follows a zero tolerance policy with regard to the providing of alcohol to minors. Working together with families and community organizations, Troy Police Officers hope to make the community a safer place for teens. 8 TROY TODAY FALL 2019 Holiday Outreach For more than 25 years, the Troy Police Department has sponsored a food and gift TROY POLICE HALLOWEEN drive benefiting Troy residents in need. If your business or organization would like to sponsor a family or otherwise contribute, please contact Community Services Specialist Katie Allred at 248.524.3462 or Kathryn.Allred@troymi.gov by SAFETY November 1, 2019. TIPS Select costumes that do not restrict vision or 1 impair movement. Maximize visibility by carrying a flashlight and 2 choosing costumes with reflective fabric. Instruct children never to enter a home while 3 trick-or-treating, and residents should never invite children into their home. Walk on the sidewalk and away from vehicular 4 Halloween Safety Bash traffic when possible. Children should not take short cuts through yards. Join the Troy Police Department, along with many community partners, for a trunk-or-treat event Know where your children are going, what route on Tuesday, October 29 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm at 5 they are taking, who they are with, and who is the Troy Police Department. Kids will have the responsible for supervision. opportunity to trick-or-treat from emergency vehicles Do not carry toy guns or other fake weapons. and meet local first responders. Local businesses 6 They may be mistaken for the real thing. or organizations that want to be a part of the event, please contact Sgt. Meghan Lehman at 248.619.7263 Keep pets inside your home or another safe or brodericme@troymi.gov 7 place on Halloween night. Exercise extreme caution when driving in Safety Presentations 8 residential areas on Halloween night. Is your business or community organization 9 Inspect all treats received prior to consumption. ready for an emergency? Troy Police Officers have trained thousands of community members Stick to well-lit areas and ensure responsible in active threat response and personal safety. To 10 adult supervision for trick-or-treaters. set up a program for your organization, please contact Sgt. Meghan
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