Troy, Mo. booming, experiencing growing pains -

Troy, Mo. booming, experiencing growing pains

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By Daniel Greenwald By Daniel Greenwald

TROY, Mo. ( -- In the last fifteen years, the population of Troy skyrocketed from approximately 6,700 to over 12,000 people, an increase of 56 percent.

Within just a five-mile radius of Troy, there are almost 27,000 residents. Today, streets in town can be lined with cars, a stark change from the almost non-existent traffic of a decade ago.

Troy recently named Ryan Howell to direct the Parks & Recreation department, to expand Troy's current park system.

"The biggest growing pains we have are... infrastructure, keeping up with building the streets, sewer [and] water systems so it can accommodate the growth while maintaining the system. Of course all that is expensive," said Mayor Mark Cross of Troy's growing pains.

The town also plans to attract new businesses, especially since more than half of Lincoln County's workers leave the county each day for work.

The city hopes to create more in-town jobs for local residents.?

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