Hart reflects on successful year, sets sights on achieving goals in 2011

Hart reflects on successful year, sets sights on achieving goals in 2011

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 10:27 pm

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Three goals were set to be accomplished in 2010 by Troy Mayor Jimmie Hart. Of them, one was completed, one had major progress made on it and the third is in a holding pattern.
When E.W. James and Sons in Troy burned on Halloween night in 2009, a one-year goal to have the store rebuilt and open was set. The town worked with the property owner and grocery store officials to make the proper utility relocations to expand the building and to extend a lease on a portion of the property owned by the city and being used by the building’s owner.
Looking back, Hart said that was the biggest thing accomplished in Troy in 2010.
“E.W. James not only serves Troy, but Obion and Hornbeak. It was important to get it going again,” he said.
Hart said in January 2010 that he’d like to have a county-wide rural fire protection plan approved and implemented by July 1. Though progress was made, it was slow and not exactly what the mayor wanted.
Ideally, Obion County would give each fire department an annual payment to fight fires in the rural areas of the county. The departments would have the equipment they needed in order to properly fight the fires and there would be no subscriber list to check.
After much debate, the county submitted a subscription-based plan to the municipalities. During the Feb. 15, 2010, board meeting, Hart said MTAS officials advised the towns not to sign the contract because “it was not a good contract.” Several changes later, the year ended with a plan in place. It is to begin July 1.
Another thing Hart wanted for 2010 was a tenant in the town’s spec building. The building, which was completed in 2009, still sits empty — much like other spec buildings in the region.
Another major accomplishment for 2010 was the construction of a new maintenance building for the town.
The decision was made in April when a leak in the old Quonset hut could not be stopped. The Army surplus building was erected in the 1940s as a school bus garage and was used for that purpose about 50 years before it became the town’s maintenance garage.
The town has built a new 10,000 square-foot maintenance building, equipped with an office for the maintenance supervisor, two bathrooms, two large storage rooms for parts and supplies, a wash area for the town’s vehicles, a lift for changing oil and rotating tires and a large working area which doubles as parking for equipment such as trucks, tractors, mowers, the wood chipper and sewer clean-out machines.
“I’m really proud of this building. It is well-designed. We took time to design it for the needs now and in the future. It will serve the town for the next 100 years,” the mayor said.
Hart said all of the town’s buildings (including City Hall, the police station, the senior center and the maintenance building) are now in “really, really good shape” and, now that those are built, the town can spend time on other things like streets and ditches.
“All in all, I think Troy is in really good shape,” Hart said, adding, “We’re fortunate to be able to do all these things ‘pay as you go.’”
Looking forward to 2011, Hart has another lofty goal. He wants to attempt building a new water treatment plant.
He said the town already owns the land and he will work this year to secure a grant to assist the town in the plant’s construction.
“That would be our next project,” he said. “It’s a huge, huge project.”
Hart said the town’s water storage is sufficient and the distribution system is in place. The town even earned a perfect score during the latest inspection of the water control system — the first perfect score Hart is aware of for the town.
“Our employees have helped out tremendously. They see that things get done,” Hart said, adding, “I look forward to another wonderful year.”
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 1.7.11

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