Troy searching for parks program manager
By: Donna Ryder Messenger Associate Editor
By DONNA RYDER
Messenger Associate Editor
Troy’s parks program has thrived for many years under the leadership of men who had children playing sports in the town — most recently Troy Boucher.
Last year Boucher made it known to Mayor Jimmie Hart and the board of aldermen that he would no longer be managing the program and that someone would need to be found to replace him.
Hart informed the board at Monday night’s meeting that he has spoken to someone about taking over, but that person declined.
A leader will need to be found soon as children will start signing up to play baseball and softball in March. Last year, there were around 30 teams, Hart said.
“If anybody knows of anyone who wants to take over the program, let me know,” Hart said.
The person would be in charge of the entire parks program at Trojan Park. The leader would be responsible for scheduling games; making sure the fields are in proper shape for games, with the appropriate markings; turning on and off the lights; making sure the scoreboard is working; obtaining people to run the concession stands and making sure they are stocked; and depositing concession revenues.
“It’s a pretty good job to oversee,” Hart added.
The mayor said the fields see “good usage” with the ball program and he’d like to see it continue. “I’d hate to have a facility and no one use it,” he said.
In other business, the board:
• Was invited to the annual Blue and Gold Banquet for Pack 54 on Feb. 22 by Boy Scout leader Jennifer Hooks and her son, Tiger Cub Matthew Hooks.
• Discussed Tennessee Municipal League findings and remedies. Hart said sidewalk repairs will be made by Lee Morris and a stop sign replaced.
Hart will obtain two more bids for the street sign replacement project and return to the board for approval. He said he has heard nothing but good comments from residents about the replacement of the signs.
• Heard the auditors have been at City Hall for three days.
• Learned all but one board member has filed their ethics paperwork. He is to complete the form electronically this week.
• Reviewed the bills, including an electric bill of more than $2,000 in the sewer fund. Hart said it takes a lot to pump one inch of rain off the lagoon. He said it’s not as bad in the summer because of evaporation.
• Received a copy of the balance sheet for review.
• Heard from county commissioner Perry Barfield, who said he would appreciate the board’s input on county matters. “Anytime I can be of service, just call,” he said.
• Learned everything is running smoothly at the fire station despite the basement being littered with mud and debris. A hole in the wall where a water line was brought in for the newly-installed sprinkler system had not been properly repaired prior to a recent rain.
Published in The Messenger 1.22.08