Then-Lt. Robert Redmond, now a captain, notes the number of drivers along Big Beaver Road using handheld cellphones in violation of the city ordinance on distracted driving in January 2011. From 2010 to 2017, traffic crashes increased by 11.9 percent in the city.

Then-Lt. Robert Redmond, now a captain, notes the number of drivers along Big Beaver Road using handheld cellphones in violation of the city ordinance on distracted driving in January 2011. From 2010 to 2017, traffic crashes increased by 11.9 percent in the city.

File photo by Edward Osinski


Traffic safety gets a boost in new Troy budget

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published May 16, 2018

TROY — The Troy City Council unanimously approved a $165.7 million 2018-19 budget that includes $593,000 for a traffic safety unit. 

The $593,000 stipend comes from the $65.5 million general fund for 2018-19. The cost includes money for one new sergeant, three new officers and four new vehicles. 

Police Capt. Robert Redmond told the council during an April 19 budget study session that 28 percent of calls for service are traffic-related, and from 2010 to 2017, traffic crashes increased by 11.9 percent in the city. 

The council approved the budget after a public hearing May 7; no one spoke during the public hearing. 

The 2018-19 budget includes a slight hike — 1.2 percent — in sewer costs, which equates to an increase of $3.12 per quarter for the average homeowner.

The city millage rate dropped from 10.4 mills to 10.296 mills, driven by the Headlee Amendment and Proposal A of 1994. 

Financial Services Director Tom Darling said the budget keeps the unassigned fund balance to between 20 percent and 30 percent. 

The 2018-19 budget includes $50,000 for MediGo, a program that transports seniors to doctor’s appointments, to cover the cost of another bus, plus the program’s wages, insurance and fuel costs. 

Recreation Director Elaine Bo told the council at an April 16 meeting that in 2017, more than 600 seniors were denied MediGo service because all five buses were full. She added that 80 to 85 people per day ride each bus.

The budget also includes two new building maintenance positions, a new housing and zoning inspector, and a new associate buyer. 

A total of $6.13 million is slated for major road improvements, and $4.19 million is earmarked for local roads. 

A cost of $1.6 million is included for the purchase of two new 75-foot ladder trucks for the Troy Fire Department to provide higher pump capacity for Stations 5 and 6, replacing two trucks that are 20 years old. 

City Councilwoman Ellen Hodorek noted that the Financial Ideas Team, which met March 12, provided valuable input on the police traffic safety unit.  

The Financial Ideas Team started in late 2014 and comprises about 15 residents from various segments of the community.