Troy Fire Department lauded

Troy Fire Department lauded

By: Donna Ryder Messenger Associate Editor

Firefighting is sometimes a thankless job, unless you need the men and women who risk their lives and health each time the fire alarm rings. Troy Mayor Jimmie Hart told the board of aldermen Monday night, “We’ve got a real good fire department. We appreciate Mark (Watson) and others putting in the time they do in such as a thankless job.” Watson serves as the fire chief. Hart said the firefighters put a lot of time in learning the skills they need to know to be a part of the volunteer unit. “It’s good for the town,” Hart said. The topic of the firefighters came about during discussion of the work being performed at the fire station. A new sprinkler system and alarm system have been installed and blend well with the look of the interior, according to Watson. Hart asked about firefighter Kris Flowers, who tore cartilage in his ankle earlier this month at a fire scene. He reminded the fire chief the town pays for insurance for firefighters just in case they do get hurt on the scene. Watson said they’ve talked and Flowers is unsure what event at the fire scene caused him to get the injury. He added he thinks Flowers has been in contact with city recorder Cheryl Cranford about the insurance. Alderman Hoyt Sampson said he never knew the extent of the firefighters job until he witnessed the department at that fire scene. “I saw what they do. They were really working,” he said, adding he was there when Flowers was hurt. A couple of other firefighters were received minor injuries on the scene as well. In other business, the board: • Renewed five CDs and cashed in a sixth to pay repay a loan. Hart said when the town was purchasing natural gas recently, its fund was low and a loan was made to the gas fund from the recreation fund. • Approved the budget on third and final reading. It included total estimated revenue and expenditures of $796,426 and $856,637 in the general fund, $37,500 and $36,500 in the state street aid fund, $121,450 and $129,190 in the solid waste fund and $3,100 and $4,100 in the drug enforcement fund. • Learned Troy Auto Parts has closed. The board agreed they’d like to see another auto parts store located in Troy or for the existing hardware store to expand its line to auto parts. • Was informed the Christmas party which had to be postponed earlier this month has not yet been rescheduled. It may be held after the New Year. • Heard that Watson filled in for Hart during the mayor’s roundtable, which the town hosted this month. Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 12.18.07

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