Sale barn to be discussed in committee
TROY - The future of the Troy sale barn will be discussed in an upcoming general government committee meeting of Troy Borough Council, but the date for the meeting hasn't been set yet.
The council members who serve on the committee are chairman Krystle Bristol, Bob Ives, and Jason Hodlofski. Mayor Mike Powers and borough manager Dan Close also are involved.
When contacted Thursday, Bristol said the committee is still setting up a date for its meeting.
Other organizations that potentially could be involved with the future of the sale barn would be included in the committee meeting, she said.
Bristol said the committee meeting won't be open to the public, however.
When asked why the committee meeting would be closed to the public, Bristol noted that no action can be taken in a committee meeting, and a quorum of council is not present. The committee presents a recommendation to council.
Bristol said that the borough wants to ensure confidentiality for any organizations that might attend the committee meeting.
She noted that the organizations are non-government entities, and the borough doesn't want to put them in a position where their financial information would be publicly disclosed and "hashed out" in public.
But Bristol said it's her hope to have a vote on the future of the sale barn at the regular monthly meeting of borough council in July. At that time, the matter would be open to public discussion.
Recently, a community forum type of meeting was held by the borough in which people could share their views about the future of the sale barn. It was heavily attended.
Currently, the borough has information regarding the sale barn on its website (http://troyborough.com).
In his message, the borough manager notes that he approached the Case Foundation, "and requested funding to hire an architectural firm to put together a conceptual plan to convert, at least a part of the structure, for a Community Center with a meeting / activity room, food bank and a small Temporary Homeless Shelter."
"I envisioned that the complex would be operated by the Council of Churches," he stated in the message.
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