Troy maintenance building passes test
Posted: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 11:04 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor
By DONNA RYDER
Troy’s new maintenance building has passed its final electrical inspection.
In a short meeting Monday night, Mayor Jimmie Hart informed the board of aldermen everything is now complete and the town can begin to move into the new building.
The board decided in April to replace the Quonset hut which housed the maintenance department. A rusted roof and constant leaks were the main reasons the town decided to replace the old military building, which was a used building when it was placed there in the 1940s as a school bus garage.
The town used gas department funds to pay for the building. The expense was cleared through the state comptroller’s office.
The building is 10,000 square feet and includes an office, storage rooms, bathrooms, a wash area for vehicles, a vehicle lift and a large work space. The building will also house the town’s equipment.
Alderman Lew Solmon offered his assistance in moving items from two storage trailers into the new building.
In other business, the board:
• Approved the budget on second reading.
• Noted the use of the community center at Trojan Park. It was used at least 10 times in December.
• Heard Hart is working on the specs for the heat and air unit maintenance contract. The town has 22 commercial units.
• Was reminded of the town’s holiday dinner on Friday.
• Was asked by alderman Gene Gurien why the town’s residents have to pay so much in county taxes — more than they pay in city taxes — when the county doesn’t do things such as pave the streets.
“What you’re saying is you don’t get your money’s worth,” alderman Ralph Wheatley commented.
“It’s not fair,” Hart said. “County taxes pay for the sheriff’s department, but we’ve got our own police department. There’s nothing we can do but complain about it.”
Solmon suggested the towns could get together a petition.
Alderman Deanna Chappell reminded the board county taxes also pay for the county schools.
• Agreed to meet only on the first Mondays of each month until business picks up in the town. The next meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 7. If needed, the mayor can call a meeting.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.
Published in The Messenger 1.4.11