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Troy mayor delivering State of the City address

February 01, 2018 11:36 PM

TROY - While Troy mayor's State of the City address ended on a note of optimism, it began with what he called "uncomfortable truths."

"We made some cuts at the golf course, we made some cuts at the parks, on summer help for the streets and it showed," Mayor Patrick Madden said.  

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Mayor Madden says he wasn't happy with the deep cuts he made last year, so he's remedying that by hiring a greenskeeper for Frear Park Golf Course, an additional code enforcement officer to tackle zombie properties and has suggested splash pads in lieu of the $3 million dollars necessary to repair the city's pools.

"I think in 2015 we had two hundred people use the pools so we're looking at other options. We're not ruling out renovating the pools we just haven't found a funding sources that would cover that for us," Madden explained.

The city's police department will see a new generation at the helm within the month, as its chief retired and acting chief will retire. The department of justice will work with the city to implement new policies.

"Policing isn't just about capturing and handcuffing people, it's about working with individuals in the community," Madden said.

Securing funding for a hiking trail, construction of the Uncle Sam bike trail, and a survey of the city's sidewalks will all contribute to improving Troy's infrastructure in 2018.  

"What we're trying to do is provide at least the services that our residents should expect and pricing that's accordingly in our taxes and fees," Madden added.

He credited "fact based" budgeting to an improvement in the city's credit rating raising it from a 'negative outlook' to 'stable.'

In addition, Madden says the State of the City is optimistic, not because of it's elected officials, but because of you.

"Their desire to be involved and create a better future and that gives me great optimism," Madden concluded.

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