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Backhoe, police car purchases supported by Troy mayor, board

Backhoe, police car purchases supported by Troy mayor, board
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Sometimes things wear out and have to be replaced. Other times, it’s best to trade things in before their value is too far depreciated.
Both scenarios were the case Monday night at the Troy mayor and board of aldermen’s meeting.
Mayor Jimmie Hart presented the board with a price for a new backhoe for the town. A new one would cost $122,000, but the town can purchase it for $74,000 on government contract bid. The supplier offered $50,000 for the town’s current backhoe, which is three years old, leaving $24,000 as the balance. Hart said he was able to get an additional $2,000 off that price.
The mayor said the city doesn’t often need a backhoe, but when one is needed, it is needed “right away.”
Alderman Ralph Wheatley said if the town holds on to a piece of equipment for too long, the “depreciation will eat you up.”
The board agreed to purchase the backhoe, trading in the one the town currently owns.
The board then learned that a 1997 Ford police car, purchased used several years ago by the town from the state, has several problems, including a bad motor. The board decided it would be best to purchase another used state vehicle, instead of trying to repair the 1997 model.
Hart said the town can purchase a state vehicle for about $4,000-$4,500.
Next on the agenda was a report concerning the wastewater facility inspection. Hart said there were a couple of findings which require attention. He said the inspection revealed the method of metering the affluent is not appropriate and a new oxygen sensor is needed. It will cost $3,380 for a new flow meter to be installed at the lagoon and $650 for the oxygen sensor. The board approved both purchases.
The mayor also informed the board that the pump was kicking on and off at the newest water tank, which is about 15 years old. He said the pump has been shut off, to keep it from burning up the motor, and is now being operated manually. The switches and panels are obsolete. It will cost $3,787 to replace the control panel, he said. Again, the board approved the purchase.
Also in need of replacement is the air-conditioning system in the bay area of the fire station.
Hart requested permission to look into applying for a block grant for energy efficiency and conservation to pay for a new unit. When asked by alderman Gene Gurien why the bay needs to be air-conditioned, Hart replied that the unit would pull the moisture out of the air and help keep the equipment from rusting.
In other business Monday night, the board:
• Approved the budget on the third and final reading. The budget includes total revenue of $1,965,100 and total expenditures of $1,653,440. There are no major projects in the budget.
• Renewed a CD in the recreation fund.
• Briefly discussed Ricky Dugger’s request to set up a barbecue on the square a couple of times per month, but decided it needed more information since he is not connected to an organization. He was to be at the meeting Monday night, but it was noted that Dugger’s home burned on Sunday.
• Questioned charges for antenna work at the fire department. Phil Green told the board the department has been undergoing changes in frequencies. The charges were covered through a grant received by the department. Green said there will be additional charges for antenna work as the town becomes NIMS compliant, which is required for the town to continue receiving grants.
• Discussed expenses on the Hill building, which is owned by the town, and learned the town is getting $100 a month in rent.
• Through Gurien, showed its appreciation to alderman Deanna Chappell for her work in helping to keep a golf course in Troy. Mrs. Chappell said she appreciates the local individuals who stepped up to make it possible.
During a previous meeting in September, the board approved new rates in the water department. The new minimum rate will be based on 1,500 gallons, instead of 2,000 gallons. The cut-off date for non-payment will now be noon on the 20th of each month. Fees which were increased from $15 to $25 included those for reconnection, returned checks and after hours turn on. Water tap fees inside the city limits will be $400, instead of $200 and outside the city limits will be $600, instead of $350. When taps must be bore under the roadway, a new fee of not more than $500 will be charged. There will also be a new $100 fee charged to the fire department for each call. Hart said the town must account for water usage and cannot have any more than a 35 percent unaccounted for water loss.
Published in The Messenger 10.4.11

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