March 20, 2018
Friends and Residents,
Spring finally begins today! It felt like the winter weather just wouldn’t quit, but neither did our hardworking Public Works and Public Utilities crews who stayed busy plowing the City’s 150 miles of streets & alleys. They worked long hours in challenging conditions and deserve a big “thank you” for their hard work. I also want to express my thanks to each of you for moving your vehicles so our crews can push snow back. It’s incredibly important that we all work together to keep our roads open and passable for emergency vehicles and plow trucks. As we transition into spring please continue to follow the posted parking restrictions near your home or business.
Finally, thank you to the dedicated members of the Troy Police and Fire Departments for their service and assistance throughout the winter season. While many of us have the luxury of staying indoors during severe winter storms, our first responders are out on patrol, regardless of the season. Next time you see one of our officers or firefighters, be sure to say hello and thank them.
The ice and snow have done a number on our streets this winter. I’m sure many have seen new potholes on streets near your home. Crews will continue to repair potholes as temperatures increase and the weather improves. Please report potholes to Public Works through the City’s online services page or by calling the DPW dispatcher at (518) 270-4579.
The arrival of spring means the snow will begin to melt soon. As it does every year, trash and debris that have collected in the snowbanks will become visible. As conditions improve we will deploy the street sweepers out and spring clean-up operations will get underway.
But, there is no need to wait. Neighborhood organized clean-ups are a great way to meet your neighbors and show pride in your neighborhood.
This past Saturday, a group of nearly 60 residents came together to do just that in our Little Italy and South Central neighborhoods. Several blocks, including alleyways, were cleaned of litter and trash that has accumulated over the winter months. We also took note of street conditions and neighborhood issues to be reported to Code Enforcement. And, most importantly, neighbors got to know neighbors. If you would like to organize a neighborhood clean-up please let us know and we’ll assist in any way we can. With Earth Day just around the corner, there is no better time to get involved.
We are nearing the final approval phase of the Realize Troy Comprehensive Plan, our roadmap to guide development and neighborhood growth over the next two decades. To the hundreds of residents and business owners who attended dozens of meetings during this process: thank you for your participation and feedback.
There are many visions for the future of our community. As with any planning process, there were a number of varying priorities and desires. All ideas and concepts presented were weighed carefully. Will every portion come to fruition? Not necessarily. As the city continues to grow and evolve over the next 20 year period the Comprehensive Plan will help guide the development of our community consistent with the values & desires our residents voiced during the process.
Lastly: this is not a Republican or a Democrat plan. It is not a plan of the current, previous or future administrations – this plan belongs to the residents. Your voices shaped it. It is up to this administration and the future ones to give it life.
Finally, I hope you will join us at noon on Saturday, April 21st as we dedicate Riverfront Park in memory of Bill Chamberlain, the city’s former Director of Operations. Bill was a tremendous figure in our community who worked tirelessly for our residents, families and businesses. We are honored to permanently recognize his contributions to our City.
We are Troy, New York, and we are in this together.
Mayor, City of Troy
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