Traffic concerns raised

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Troy City Council is considering banning all truck traffic on Oak Park Drive and through truck traffic on Enzor Road.

The council did their first read-throughs of two ordinances that would disallow heavy delivery trucks to use the roads as a bypass.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Melissa Sanders said the ordinance concerning Oak Park Drive was brought forward due to the residential nature of the subdivision, the inability of the road to support truck traffic and a roundabout that could cause difficulty for truck drivers.

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Mayor Jason reeves said the concerns came up when city officials began planning the Enzor Road Connector project.

“The concern came out that the new roads would become a shortcut for 18-wheel traffic, which is not what the purpose is,” Reeves said. There are two access points from 231. We’re trying to prevent this from being a cut-through for 18-wheel traffic to lengthen life of the roads.”

Sanders said truck traffic won’t be blocked altogether on Enzor Road, however, to protect the recreation center and the agricultural and commercial properties in the area that may rely on the use of a truck.

Instead, the city is considering blocking through traffic. This would allow trucks to travel on the defined section of Enzor Road only if the driver’s destination was within the area.

The ordinance would only block trucks weighing over one and a half ton or measuring over 50 feet in length and would exclude emergency vehicles, city trucks, construction equipment and pickup trucks.

Reeves also announced plans to redesign and bring back to life the Academy Street High School.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity in the future to refurbish the school and make it something that’s very important for community development, not just as a historical monument, but as something that can be used in the future,” Reeves said.

Reeves was one of five mayors invited to a conference where local projects could be brought to designers for their help.

Reeves said that the city is working on receiving bids for a new roof on the building that can sustain the building until their input comes back and the council can move forward with plans to refurbish the building.

The council can take action on the ordinances at their next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 14.

Reeves also proclaimed March 2 to be “Read Across America Day” in Troy as part of the national campaign to promote reading and adult involvement with youth education.

“We want to promote reading as a catalyst for our students’ success and a key to our community’s well-being,” Reeves said.

In other business:

• The council approved using Meeks Pest Control for its pest control services, as it was the lowest of the two bidders.

• The council approved an application for a $76,000 grant that would go towards purchasing more trailers for the collection of cardboard at businesses for the city’s recycling services.

The next meeting of the Troy City Council will be held on Tuesday, March 14. The council will meet in executive committee upstairs at City Hall at 4 p.m. and hold their regular council meeting at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.