Troy City Council rejects bid to pave Troywood

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published October 2, 2019

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TROY — Saying the margin — 11-10 — was too slim, the Troy City Council denied a special assessment to pave Troywood Drive, one of the four unpaved roads that remain in Troy.

The council voted 6-0 to deny the special assessment at a Sept. 23 meeting. Mayor Dane Slater was absent.

Troy City Assessor Nino Licari told the council that 11 homeowners are in favor of the paving and 10 are not. If over 50% of the residents on a street request a special assessment — 54% did so in this case — the matter moves forward to the City Council.

The total estimated cost of the project is $373,900. The city’s share would have been $199,200. The cost of the special assessment to the property owners would have been $174,700, which comes to $75.76 per frontage foot.

The amortization cost of the special assessment would have been spread over 10 years at 6% interest.

The cost for homeowners, many of them seniors, ranged from $6,000 to $11,000.

“I know this is a very difficult decision,” Licari told the council. “By charter, we have to bring it to you.”

A number of residents spoke during the public hearing.

“I would love to have the road paved, but it is very expensive,” said Troywood Drive resident Pamela Dopp. “I don’t think what we’re getting is worth the price tag.”

Tom Bruno, a Troy resident since 1976, said there is a lot of dust in the spring, which is very hard on cars. He said that although he lives on a fixed pension, “This is a modern city. This is going to be a good thing for us,” he said, referring to the paving.

James Meyer Jr. said he has lived in the same house since 1969. He told the council that traffic already uses Troywood Drive as a cut-through to get to Rochester Road and Wattles Road during rush hour. Paving the roadway would make it “nothing but a potential drag strip,” he said. “If this goes through, it will change the dynamics of the neighborhood — not for the better.”

“They came in knowing it was a dirt road,” said Councilman Ed Pennington, referring to the newer residents on Troywood Drive.

“I don’t think one resident is enough to tip the scale,” said Councilwoman Edna Abrahim, referring to the slim margin.

“Why burden all the families?” said Councilman Dave Henderson.

“I think it’s pretty clear, this is too tight,” said Councilwoman Ellen Hodorek.