TROY — The Parks and Recreation Committee approved to begin seeking bids for a new lighthouse at Treasure Island park on Monday.
The cost of the structure is not to exceed $75,000 and is funded by a grant from the Troy Foundation.
“The design of the structure is to be over the floodplain and will be as tall as the existing marina building,” said Patrick Titterington, director of public service and safety.
The lighthouse will be a 30-foot-tall steel structure, according to city of Troy Engineer Deborah Swan. The structure will be prefabricated and affixed to the foundation. The project is expected to take up to eight weeks to complete and is expected to be complete by the end of the calendar year.
Chairman Brock Heath asked what the life expectancy of the structure would be.
Swan said the steel structure will be painted with little to no maintenance to be done to the structure for at least 20 years. An internal stairwell will be inside of the structure for maintenance purposes. The light of the lighthouse will be outfitted with LED lighting.
Mayor Michael Beamish said there may be a possibility of Hobart Brothers’ memorabilia as well as a plaque to symbolize the legacy gift from the Troy Foundation to be included in the structure somehow.
Councilman Bobby Phillips asked where the lighthouse would be located. Titterington said the structure would be located on the point in the main area of the park. The original Treasure Island lighthouse oversaw the river area at the park. The structure was removed in the early 1980s due to deterioration.
In March, the Troy Foundation presented an $80,000 Legacy Gift to Troy City Council to a rebuild a Treasure Island lighthouse. The remaining $5,000 will be used for the foundation and footing expenses, according to Titterington.
The Legacy Gift was in honor of the 90th anniversary of the Troy Foundation and to help commemorate the city of Troy’s Bicentennial celebration.
Treasure Island’s new restroom facility will be dedicated today at 2 p.m. at Treasure Island Park. The city received an Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant of $80,000 in 2013 for the facility.