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Troy board donates to Christmas party fund

Troy board donates to Christmas party fund

Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 7:48 pm
By: Donna Ryder Messenger Associate Editor

  By DONNA RYDER

Messenger Associate Editor

For 21 years, Lee Cleek, wife of Troy Police Chief James Cleek, has made sure needy children in their area have had a merry Christmas.

Mrs. Cleek informed the Troy mayor and board of aldermen Monday night that she feels they can’t have their Christmas until this party is held.

She was at the meeting to ask for a yearly donation made by the board. Last year, the town gave her $500 to help purchase new toys and allowed her to hold a roadblock.

However, this year is different. The board recently decided to no longer allow roadblocks. Mrs. Cleek said in the many years she has been holding the roadblocks, standing at the four-way even during rain or snow, she has been able to collect between $500 and $700 each year.

Alderman Jess Whitesides suggested the board donate $1,100 to the Troy needy children’s Christmas party. It was agreed upon by the remainder of the board.

Mrs. Cleek said she receives names for the party from Hillcrest School. Unlike other organizations, which limit the number of children they give to, she said she provides to all the children which the staff at Hillcrest deem are in need.

The party, where the children and their families will be fed, will be held Dec. 19.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation may mail a check or money order made out to “Lee Cleek for the Children’s Christmas Party” to her attention at the Troy Police Department, P.O. Box 246, Troy TN 38260.

In other business, before being recessed for refreshments, the board:

• Agreed to wait until the new year to start a senior citizens program, if the board decides that it what it wishes to do.

• Accepted the resignation of police officer Allen Walker.

• Learned Jan Barnett will be learning the meter-reading route from Suzanne Hopper, who will be promoted to a full-time position at City Hall. Ms. Hopper will be taking the position of Linda Fulcher, who plans to retire.

After the mayor and aldermen took their oaths of office, which were administered by Judge Raymond Morris, the board:

• Selected alderman Hoyt Sampson as vice mayor. Alderman Edward Watson has held the position for many years, but asked to pass the responsibility on to someone else this term. The mayor and board expressed their appreciation to Watson for his service in that position.

• Agreed to retain all city employees.

• Appointed Sampson and alderman Gene Gurien to be alternate check signers. The main check signers are the mayor and city recorder.

• Agreed to retain the mayor and city recorder as the purchasing agents for the town. They may purchase items up to $2,500 without board approval and up to $10,000 with board approval. Items costing more than $10,000 must be purchased through a bidding process when possible.

• Decided to retain Mark Watson as the fire chief and safety officer.

• Agreed to leave appointments to the Beverage Board, Recreation Board and Internal Affair Committee as is and to have the aldermen retain their respective departments.

Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 11.18.08

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