Council dissolves a number of citizen volunteer groups

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published September 14, 2011


A number of citizen volunteer committees are no longer required to convene after the Troy City Council dissolved them at its Aug. 29 meeting.

The committees’ futures had been uncertain for nearly a year after the council had considered streamlining and/or dissolving a number of boards and committees last October due to reductions in city staff needed to advise the members, but the council took no formal action until last month.

The council took the decision on each of the boards and committees under consideration separately and dissolved each one under consideration: the Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities, the Advisory Committee for Senior Citizens, the Ethnic Issues Advisory Board, the Board of Canvassers, the Cable Advisory Board, the Troy Daze Committee and the Youth Council.

Troy City Attorney Lori Grigg Bluhm explained that the boards and committees in question had been established by resolution, and therefore could be dissolved by resolution.

All of the votes to dissolve the groups were unanimous, except for the decisions on the Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities and the Advisory Committee for Senior Citizens, which the council voted 6-1 to dissolve, with Councilman Martin Howrylak opposing.

“These two committees represent constituents who need a voice,” Howrylak said.

“There are compelling needs in this city,” Mayor Pro Tem Mary Kerwin said. “We’re trying to address them.”

Members of the committees and boards in question may continue as volunteer groups, keep their own minutes and bring any concerns to the council during the citizen participation portion of the council meetings. Also, Troy City Manager John Szerlag said those groups could use the Troy Community Center for meetings, free of charge.

The council is scheduled to consider whether to keep or dissolve the Library Advisory Board Sept. 26, and to determine the status of the Historical Commission and the Animal Control Appeals Board in coming weeks.