Troy store expected to reopen Sept. 15
Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 9:09 pm
It was Halloween 2009 when the newly-opened E.W. James Supermarket in Troy burned.
Within hours, the James crew, led by Lee Ann James, was on the scene and asking Troy Mayor Jimmie Hart about other locations in the town to operate the business. Within days, the temporary store opened in the former NAPA building across from Obion County Central High School.
Hart and the Troy board of aldermen learned Monday night that it should be next month, less than a year after the fire, that the store will reopen in its new building. The target date is Sept. 15.
Building owner Earl Bell appeared before the board to discuss a lease he has on town-owned property behind the shopping center, which also houses the Dollar General store and several other businesses.
Bell said when the new store was built, he moved the entrance back even with the Dollar General store to open up more parking spaces. To keep the building the size it needed to be, he also built a portion of the store on the leased property.
Bell asked the board to extend his lease on the property behind the shopping center to an even 100 years and to allow for a larger easement across additional property so trucks can have access for unloading.
The board agreed that additional easement space would be needed and decided to have the property surveyed. The board will take up the matter at a later date.
In other business, the board:
• Received a thank-you card for the use of the Troy Senior Center during Troy Community Involvement Days.
• Discussed the possibility of raising the cost of city stickers. Troy charges $5, whereas other cities in the county charge between $15 and $30. The town only received $4,500 from city stickers in the last fiscal year, but $6,000 was budgeted. Alderman Ralph Wheatley said he believes the town probably has about 300 vehicles which do not have the city sticker on them. Hart said when residents don’t purchase the stickers, they are called on by the police department and given the opportunity to purchase the sticker before receiving a ticket for noncompliance.
The board agreed not to raise the fee this year, but to look at raising it for the following year and to check on having it collected by the county clerk’s office when license plates are purchased.
• Noted the company mowing Trojan Park is doing “an outstanding job.”
• Renewed CDs in the water and gas funds.
• Decided to purchase envelopes with the Forever Stamp on them from the post office. Hart said with stamp prices continuing to go up, the town would be able to save money by purchasing the stamped envelopes. He plans to buy 10,000 for utility bills and 2,500 for use at City Hall.
Hart brought up using the Forever Stamps because the town’s postage machine contract runs out in October and the renewal fee would be at least $185, plus the cost of the postage. In addition, he said the postal service has announced it will raise its first-class stamp rate in January by 2 cents, up from the current 44 cents.
• Agreed to send a city employee to a meeting on flood plain insurance and Wheatley to a meeting on the employee insurance.
• Learned the state is now making the town charge an additional $13.75 to people who have tickets and pay the fine without going to court. The fee will go to fund the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
• Was informed the state has charged the city $3,000 for sewer taps and an additional $1,000 for water taps. “They are not doing anything for us,” Hart said, adding he spoke with state Rep. Judy Barker about the fees and learned the legislature has nothing to do with the fees being charged.
“They’re charging us the fees because they can,” he said.
In addition, Hart said the state wants the town to keep up with water loss, how much is pumped for sale, how much is metered, how much is used by the fire department, how much is used to flush the lines and how much is used to wash the streets. The state also wants a report of how many bill adjustments the town makes.
“They will tell us somewhere down the line how much we can legally use before they come back on us,” the mayor added.
Wheatley said it has probably been brought on by the water shortages in some areas of the state.
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Published in The Messenger 8.3.10