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Troy board requesting school zone lighting

Troy board requesting school zone lighting

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 10:25 pm

Associate Editor
Traffic along Highway 51 in Troy near Hillcrest Elementary School may soon get some help recognizing when the school zone speed limit is in effect.
The Town of Troy has requested that the Tennessee Department of Transportation place school zone lights on the four-lane. There are currently signs posted for the 15 mph school zone, but there are no lights.
Mayor Jimmie Hart told the board he has spoken with TDOT officials and state Rep. Bill Sanderson.
“They tentatively agreed to do it if the town will send them a resolution requesting them do it,” he said.
Board members questioned why the school zone is 15 mph near the elementary school, when just up the road at Obion County Central High School, the speed zone is 20 mph. Alderman Lou Solmon said nobody pays attention to the 15 mph zone and asked if TDOT might make it 20 mph near Hillcrest.
Hart said 20 mph is slow and some places have 30 mph school zones. Solmon said the 15 mph zone “is ridiculous.”
Alderman Gene Gurien said he has had people tell him the school zone lights at the high school also need to be larger and suggested the town request this of TDOT as well.
Fire Chief Mark Watson told him the Jaycees purchased and installed those lights many years ago and they were originally placed on poles to the side of the roadway. The city later installed them over the road.
Alderman Deanna Chappell also said it would not hurt to have a school zone light on South Main Street.
The board approved a motion on the original request.
In other business, the board:
• Heard from Eric Spencer of the accounting firm of John R. Reese that the Town of Troy is in excellent financial condition. He said the town’s net worth is $8.1 million. Hart reminded board members that the town’s liabilities are low because it paid off its debts last fiscal year. Spencer also told the board there were no major findings in the report.
• Learned the mayor had renewed a CD in the gas fund at 1.4 percent.
• Heard the city is refunding overpayment on city stickers.
• Received a financial report.
• Awarded J&N Lawn Care the bid to mow Trojan Park. His bid was $150. The next lowest bid was $220.
• Awarded Phillip Scarborough the bid for service maintenance on the heat and air units.
• Agreed to seek bids to replace the roof on the body shop building beside the police department. It is owned by the city.
• Heard Snider Bolt and Screw Co. has decided it wishes to wait on expanding the building it leases from the city. Watson said the Industrial Development Board has met and is in the process of establishing financing so it is ready when the company is ready to expand.
• Learned from Hart that the city has another prospect for the spec building. He was pleased that there have been two requests within the last month. “Things are looking a lot better,” he said.
• Approved a purchase request from Watson to finish out two grants received by the fire department.
• Heard the Troy Lions Club plans to sponsor an Easter egg hunt Saturday at City Park from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. In case of rain, the event will be postponed by one week.
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Published in The Messenger 4.6.11

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