Emergency operations plan discussed at Troy meet

Emergency operations plan discussed at Troy meet
By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
When there is a mass emergency in an Obion County municipality, be it man-made or natural, who takes charge?
The answer to that question for the Town of Troy was answered Monday night when Troy’s Emergency Management director Phillip Green presented the board with the town’s Emergency Operation Plan.
The plan was developed to address multiple hazards which could threaten the town and defines the roles of each response agency. Setting forth these guidelines reduces the confusion, chaos and conflicts which could occur during a major emergency or disaster and significantly decreases vulnerability of the public and their property to hazardous threats, according to the plan’s forward.
The plan, which is good through 2017, was approved as a resolution by the board.
In other business, the board:
• Granted a request to Dale and Odessa Petty, agents of Employee Benefit Specialists in Morristown, to speak with employees about employee voluntary benefits.
• Received the audit report and heard the town is in excellent financial shape. There are no major noncompliance issues.
• Agreed to purchase field nets for the Trojan Park ballfield. Volunteer parks director Tim Smith said the nets are needed for the safety of the younger children who play on the T-Ball, which is in the area where most home-run balls land.
Smith said when he took over the program in Troy, there were 119 children playing. There are already 158 signed up to play this year.
• Learned four new cameras were purchased for the police cars with grant money.
• Was informed a new police officer has been hired.
• Agreed to replace the town’s Christmas lights with LED lights. The cost will be around $2,000.
• Was informed by the mayor that the paperwork for the water plant grant, including surveys, has been submitted to the state.
• Was given copies of the financial statements.
• Received a report on a recent Tennessee Department of Transpor-tation meeting by alderman Ralph Wheatley.
• Decided to look at the town-owned trailer behind City Hall to determine if the board wants to repair it and continue to rent it out or if it wants to remove it.
• Heard from an alderman that a resident who houses his horses on property recently purchased by the town wants the town to give him some fencing which is on the property. The Mayor Jimmie Hart said he would check into the matter. Published in The Messenger 3.6.12

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