Friday, June 12, 2015

Troy Township was a very busy place during the summer of 1955. The nine-member Charter Commission drafted the governing document for the proposed City of Troy. The proposed Charter called for a seven-member commission elected for three-year terms on a non-partisan basis. In the first version of the Charter the commission appointed the mayor and necessary administrative officials. The Charter Commission scheduled a public hearing on August 15, 1955 so that “every citizen who must live and be governed under this charter . . . ha(s) an opportunity to approve or disapprove the matters contained therein.”

Many of the 300 residents who attended the first public hearing objected to having their mayor appointed by the City Commission, (later renamed City Council.) In the final approved version of the Charter the mayor is elected by a vote of the people.

On Saturday June 20 from 4- 11 pm at Boulan Park, the community will celebrate 60 years of governance as the City of Troy. Activities include:

Between 4 – 7 pm:

Sugarbush Farm’s Farmer Joe with his Petting Farm

Oakland County’s Obstacle Course, Climbing Tower & Bouncers

Clowns Patty Cake & FlapJack with FacePainting and Balloon Animals

Birthday Cake and Food Trucks

Police & Fire Vehicles

Beaumont Hospital’s Helicopter, Ambulance & Fun Info Booths

Photo Station – The Many Faces of Troy

Dan the Creature Man – Live Animal Show

Old Fashion Fun & Games

Get your Summer Discover Hunt at Troy Historical Society and Troy Nature Society booths

 4 pm:                     Athens High School Spirit Band

4:30 pm:               Crossroads Family Band

5:30 pm:               Police K-9 Demo

7 pm:                     Carl Cafagna & Soundlove Concert

9 pm:                     “Drive-In” Movie – Disney’s McFarland USA

We hope to see you there!

To commemorate the City of Troy’s 60th Anniversary in 2015, we will publish a different story each day that highlights a person, discovery, or event that occurred locally, regionally, nationally, or even globally between 1955 and 2015 and that helped shape our lives and our community. We will try to post stories on important anniversary dates, but we also realize that dates are less critical than content and context. We will include the facts related to controversial stories, allowing our readers to form their own opinions. We invite you to read and comment on the stories. Your suggestions for topics are also welcome and can be posted on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TroyHistoricVillage. You can also email stories or ideas to the 365 Story Editor at ed@thvmail.org.

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