Troy to continue festivals despite insurance costs

Troy to continue festivals despite insurance costs

By DONNA RYDER Messenger Associate Editor Troy will have its planned festivals for at least this year. The Troy board of aldermen asked Mayor Jimmie Hart to investigate the cost and purchase insurance to hold Troy Community Involvement Days in July, the Pecan Festival in September and the Christmas parade in December. The board learned at its previous meeting that such special events will no longer be covered under the town’s umbrella insurance policy through the Tennessee Municipal League. Alderman Deanna Chappell told her fellow board members Monday night she feels the town needs to pay for the coverage for those three events this year because residents who are trying to save on gasoline costs will be looking for such festivals closer to home. Alderman Gene Gurien agreed, saying he doesn’t like the idea of being out the money but the town should “try our darndest to have it.” “If we were lacking in funds that would be different,” Mrs. Chappell said, adding there are funds in the parks and recreation department to cover the added expense. Hart said he learned about several items dealing with the town’s insurance coverage and what will and will not be allowed under the current policy. The meeting he attended lasted seven hours. He was able to obtain a 5 percent discount on the town’s coverage for attending the meeting. Of main concern is the use of the ball parks by organized leagues such as Little League and church leagues. Hart said the board should discuss the issue and decide what the town needs to do before next year’s ball season starts. He suggested that each of the organizations have their own liability insurance coverage, which includes covering the Town of Troy. They will no longer be covered under the town’s policy after June 30, he said. The additional cost is the main concern for the town. Hart said he recently spoke with an insurance agent who said it could cost as much as $500 per day for each event. In other business, the board: • Was invited by state representative candidate Judy Barker to a Barbecue with Barker being held at FabSouth at the Troy Industrial Park June 26 at 6:30 p.m. Those attending will be treated to a free barbecue dinner and a tour of the FabSouth plant, which will include a laser-fabricating demonstration. • Heard Barker Brothers wants an increase of 4.9 percent in its garbage pick up fees and wants a five-year extension on the contract. It was noted that the town has absorbed increases over the past several years and agreed this increase will have to be passed on to the residents. • Learned the town’s charter is on the Web site now. • Received copies of the employee pay scale, as well as the financial statement. Mrs. Chappell said she thinks the board needs to look at a cost of living increase for employees. Hart said everyone knows the cost of doing business is going up and that for the city its income is the tax base, which is set. He said the town is doing everything it can to conserve, but the cost of everything just keeps getting higher. • Discussed the need for a new flood insurance ordinance. It will be brought before the board at a future meeting and will require three readings. • Was asked by Hart to view the walking track and determine if the town wants to spend nearly $5,000 to have it re-sealed. • Heard culverts will be installed in the ditch at the ball park as soon as ball season is over. • Learned the board will be presented with a consumer theft prevention program at its next meeting. • Heard from Industrial Board chairman Mark Watson that the dirt work is near completion for the new spec building and that rock is being placed on the pad. Alderman Hoyt Sampson was absent. Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 6.18.08

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