Troy moving forward with water treatment plant

Troy moving forward with water treatment plant
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Plans are moving ahead for a new water treatment plant in Troy.
The Troy board of al-dermen approved a trio of resolutions related to the project during its regular meeting Monday evening.
Troy Mayor Jimmie Hart had previously told The Messenger the town had started getting the paperwork together for the project. He explained the old plant is doing fine for now, but with Troy’s growth, there will be a need for additional water and the current plant is limited to the amount of water it can treat.
During Monday eve-ning’s meeting, Hart presented aldermen with three resolutions pertaining to starting the project. They included a resolution to submit an application for Community Development Block Grant funding, as well as a resolution to hire an engineer and a resolution to select Community De-velopment Partners as the administrator.
Hart said the town had already solicited an engineer for the project, with Paul Buckner chosen.
Aldermen approved all three resolutions by a vote of 4-0.
Hart also told aldermen he and Buckner recently visited water plants in Gates, Halls and Henning to view the facilities and obtain ideas. He said Buckner is working on the plans, adding it may be two to three years before the new plant is actually built by the time grant funding is secured, bids are received and construction begins.
In other action during Monday night’s 45-minute long meeting, the Troy board:
• Voted to purchase about 15 acres of land from alderman Gene Gurien. Hart said Gurien was giving the town the first opportunity to buy the land, which is beside the industrial park and would provide an outlet on Wolverine Road.
Hart said he believes the purchase would be a good investment for the town and alderman Lew Solmon concurred, making the motion to buy the land. It was approved by a 3-0 vote, with Gurien abstaining.
Last month, the board also voted to purchase land adjacent to the industrial park from Jiggs Barker.
• Was updated on the cost of replacing incandescent lights with LED lights in the town’s Christmas decorations. Solmon was instructed in December to check into the replacement and he had several prices for the various colored lights. He said there may also be a need for some new wiring and sockets. He will do some measuring and a more detailed inventory before a decision is made.
• Learned someone needs to attend the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Local Government Guidelines Manual and Right-of-Way training course Feb. 16 in Jackson. Alderman Ralph Wheatley offered to attend.
• Was informed work has been completed at First State Bank in Troy, which leases the property from the town. The work included painting, replacing some fixtures and installing new carpet.
In addition, the senior citizens building floors were buffed and a building in the park was painted and its floors buffed.
• Learned police officer Larry Farley has returned to work following an extended illness.
• Approved a request from Troy Fire Chief Mark Watson for the purchase of 15 new pagers, at a cost of $364 each, for the fire department. The pagers currently being used are becoming obsolete and several are in need of repair. The new pagers can be switched over to the narrow band when the department is required to make that change.
• Was informed by Watson the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration had conducted its bi-annual inspection of the town and its facilities. He said there were some very minor things to be corrected and the inspection went well.
• Learned from Phillip Green that Obion County’s hazard mitigation plan, which outlines plans for dealing with disaster, has been compiled and sent to Nashville for approval.
Green also said a Tennessee Emergency Management Agency representative recently visited and the town’s emergency operations plan is 20 years old and needs to be updated. He suggested each city department write up its own plan, with assistance from the Municipal Technical Advisory Service if needed, and an updated plan be compiled.
Plus, he mentioned the need for an emergency action plan for each of the town’s facilities and he requested the town’s safety officer, Watson, handle it. Watson said it may be something TOSHA already asked public works director Lynn Jones to handle during the recent inspection and he said he would check into it.
Alderman Deanna Chappell was absent from Monday evening’s session.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 2.7.12

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