Troy picked as one of Ohio's best hometowns
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
TROY — Ohio Magazine has selected Troy as one of five Ohio Best Hometowns for 2009, choosing the Miami County seat to represent the state's southwest region.
Mayor Mike Beamish and Chuck Fox of the Troy Main Street downtown program were notified of the selection by letter Tuesday, Sept. 2.
"This is a compliment to the many partnerships we have that work together for the good of this community," Beamish said.
Troy competed against cities and towns in the following counties: Adams, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren.
Word of the city's recognition was shared Tuesday at the end of a City Council meeting. The meeting at times featured heated remarks regarding two controversial proposals: the city's first refuse collection fee and a new income tax ordinance requiring landlord reporting of tenant information to the city.
Several of those who spoke against the fee and landlord reporting joined in the applause after Fox announced the award.
Fox said he nominated the city for the award because he "wanted Troy to get the recognition it deserves ... Our town is a great town, and I want to see that continue."
Communities were judged on community spirit, education, entertainment, health and safety, business environment and culture and heritage. Application letters were written by people involved in various aspects of the community and an Ohio Magazine representative visited the city during the Festival of Nations in August.
Troy will be featured in the magazine's November issue cover story and the city will be featured on the Ohio News Network.
"This award recognizes that Troy is among the best of the best," Richard Osborne, the magazine's publisher and editor wrote to the mayor.
An award celebration will be planned, Fox said.
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