Troy looking at ways to cut spending
Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 9:06 pm
By DONNA RYDER
In this tough economic climate, municipal governments are pinching pennies and watching every dime being spent by their cities. Troy is no different.
Mayor Jimmie Hart addressed one such issue Monday night at the board of aldermen’s monthly meeting.
He said the city currently allows the Troy Community Club to use the former Hill building, which is owned by the city, and pays the utilities for that building. The mayor said the average utility bill has been about $170 over the past 15 months. He added the space is rarely used by the club.
This information led to some board members speculating the club members may be leaving the heat or air conditioning on all the time and, since the club members themselves don’t pay the bills, they don’t bother to turn the thermostat to a more economical setting.
“We may be able to rent the building to someone,” Hart suggested.
Alderman Gene Gurien asked if the city could pay a set amount each month for utilities and have the club pay the remainder. Hart replied the club has no money.
Alderman Deanna Chappell noted that club members may not realize what the utilities are costing and asked the mayor to talk with the club’s president. He said he is unsure who holds that position.
Hart said he could talk to the club’s leadership before the next meeting or even have someone attend the next meeting.
Mrs. Chappell also requested the club members give the city a list of their board members. She went on to praise the great work the club does with Troy Community Involvement Days and the Troy Christmas Parade.
In other business, the board:
• Renewed three CDs at the best rate available.
• Learned bids were opened for vehicles the city had for sale. Five bids were received on a Nissan, with the highest bid being $666, and the old Ford police car received a $517 bid. There is also a motorcycle for sale, but the one bid submitted was not for the minimum amount set by the city.
• Heard the Tennessee Department of Transportation has decided it will not place school zone light on Highway 51 near Hillcrest Elementary School because the school is not located on Highway 51. There was no mention from TDOT about increasing the speed limit for the school zone, which is 15 mph near Hillcrest. The speed limit in front of Obion County Central High School, where lights are located, is 20 mph.
• Learned from Fire Chief Mark Watson that the department has been asked to close out a 2008 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant it received, but put on hold. It includes several items, including exercise equipment and a piece of equipment for the repeater station. The cost is $25,605, with $23,563 being grant money.
• Was informed by Watson that the fire department took another lightning strike. It’s the second within a month. He said it appears the lightning is striking the shorter tower, which has the department’s siren mounted to it. It cannot be set off remotely at this time, but can still be set off manually. He said he the problem with lightning striking that tower can be fixed by the department running a grounding wire from the siren to the ground.