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 Officer Lisa Rockafellow chats with Troy residents during Coffee with a Cop at the Troy Community Center on March 14, 2019. Coffee with a Cop will continue into the new year.

Officer Lisa Rockafellow chats with Troy residents during Coffee with a Cop at the Troy Community Center on March 14, 2019. Coffee with a Cop will continue into the new year.

File photo by Donna Dalziel


Troy city leaders share plans, priorities for 2020

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published January 7, 2020

 Troy Police Chief Frank Nastasi chats with Carla Meijer during Coffee with a Cop at the Troy Community Center on March 14, 2019.  Dates for this year’s events will be posted on social media.

Troy Police Chief Frank Nastasi chats with Carla Meijer during Coffee with a Cop at the Troy Community Center on March 14, 2019. Dates for this year’s events will be posted on social media.

File photo by Donna Dalziel

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TROY — As Troy city leaders ended a busy 2019, C & G Newspapers asked what changes are coming and what priorities will be going forward.

In a report to the Troy City Council included in the Dec. 16 council agenda, City Manager Mark Miller outlined progress made on the city’s priorities in his city manager’s report.

In the memo, Miller explains that the council adopted the 2019-20 strategies for the upcoming fiscal year on March 18, 2019, and his report is a status report on those strategies and other projects, which include:

• Re-evaluating the trails and pathways program with a focus on public engagement to build community support.

• Determining customer service needs at City Hall and incorporating the findings of the Facilities Condition Assessment into a maintenance plan.

• Convening the Charter Revision Committee to evaluate charter language and millage limitations and develop a strategy to fund the library past 2021, when the current millage expires.

• Updating the Parks and Recreation Plan and incorporating the Green Space Subcommittee recommendations to protect and invest in the city’s parks.

• Implementing the forensic audit investigation corrective action plan based on a Plante Moran forensic audit.

A forensic audit of the financial workings of the city under former City Manager Brian Kischnick did not uncover major fraud.

However, it did reveal an altered memo from Kischnick to the Troy City Council regarding the purchase of a Jeep Grand Cherokee for his personal use, extravagant tips on numerous food purchases Kischnick made at upscale restaurants, and a management culture that fostered a sense of entitlement and discouraged city employees from reporting potential violations.

Miller said that city staff will determine what measures will be put in place to implement the corrective action plan this year.

“I think that’s really important,” he said.

The corrective actions that Plante Moran suggested are included in the report, available at troymi.gov.

For example, Miller said that he has been submitting a report on his expenses to the City Council since November, which, in coming weeks, will be included in a report to the council each month so it’s part of the public record.

New this year, city staff will give detailed reports to the council on city practices and procedures in a series of three study sessions, slated to begin Jan. 6.

 

Pawfficer Donut remains on paw-trol
Over at the Troy Police Department Community Services Section, Sgt. Meghan Lehman said via email that “Pawfficer Donut will continue to spread goodwill via social media, but will be adding more visits to school to encourage ‘pawsitivity’ and good citizenship.”

She said the Troy Police Department will continue to reach out to local businesses, community groups and houses of worship to encourage education on active shooter response.

“Our goal is to train as many people as possible in basic active shooter response,” Lehman said.

“Our holiday outreach activities raised nearly $20,000 in grocery gift cards and food for Troy residents in need. We are looking at ways to carry this effort into the summer,” she said in the email.

Troy police will once again host the School’s Out Bash for middle school students, in partnership with the Troy Parks and Recreation Department.

“This will be a third year for the event, and we hope it will become a fixture for Troy kids,” Lehman said. “The goal is to promote safe, substance-free fun for middle school-age students.”

Coffee with a Cop will continue in the new year; those events will be posted on social media.

The Troy Police Department will also host an open house and its Halloween Safety Bash again.

“Both of these family-friendly events will be fine-tuned so we can connect with more residents,” Lehman said.

“We will continue to look for ways to partner with local organizations and businesses to best address public safety education needs,” Lehman said. “We are available to present on topics such as personal safety, fraud prevention and many others at the request of any resident or business. This can be done by emailing troypolice@troymi.gov.”

Troy Police Chief Frank Nastasi said via email that the Troy Police Department will continue to try to recruit “the best new police officers to join our agency,” as well as invest in current officers through training.

“Well-trained officers provide high-quality service to residents and help ensure that Troy remains an extremely safe community,” Nastasi said. “We will continue to increase our presence in the schools through a variety of initiatives, including regular visits by road patrol officers. Our goal is to continue to work with our partners in the Troy School District to help ensure young people feel and are safe at school.

“In 2020, we will continue to focus on the crimes and quality-of-life issues that impact our residents’ lives. This includes traffic issues in neighborhoods. Our Traffic Safety Unit proactively identifies and targets areas experiencing traffic issues, as well as responds to complaints from residents.”

He also said they will continue to partner with local and federal agencies to investigate complex crimes, professional criminals and habitual offenders.

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