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Troy mayor: We don’t want anybody without fire protection

Troy mayor: We don’t want anybody without fire protection
By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Obion County residents in the rural areas around Troy need not worry about fire coverage; the Troy Fire Department will respond.
Mayor Jimmie Hart told the board of aldermen Monday night that he and Fire Chief Mark Watson have been in correspondence with Municipal Technical Advisory Service to come up with a “unique” plan to cover residents in the town’s fire district.
“We’re putting a plan together and don’t want anybody to be without fire protection,” the mayor said.
Watson added there is no need to rush coming up with a plan for the town. “We’re looking at our options,” he said.
During the first six months of the year, the fire department responded to 27 fire calls, according to Hart. Only eight were within the town’s limits.
Phillip Green told the mayor and board that during the year the town was contracted with Obion County for the subscription plan, the department responded to 51 calls. Fifteen of those were in Troy, while 36, or 70.6 percent, were outside Troy. Troy received about $25,000 from the county, so that averages about $490 for each call, he said.
Watson added the actual expense of each call averaged about $3,000. “It’s a long way from offsetting the cost of the fire,” he said of the amount received for each call.
Hart said there are lots of facts and figures to consider.
Watson told the board he has been receiving several calls about setting off fireworks. He said he has been cautioning residents to just be safe.
“If we say you can’t, they’ll do it anyway,” he added.
In other business, the board:
• Included a list of employee salaries in the minute book.
• Approved amendments for the 2011-12 budget.
• Decided to keep the current property tax of $1.70 per $100 of assessed property.
• Awarded Gill Insulation the bid to power wash and seal the walking track at City Park for $1,400 and Craddock the bid to resurface and stripe the parking lot and walking track at Trojan Park.
• Agreed to work with Grace Community Church to have the outside of the town-owned building painted. Church officials got a bid for $3,133 from Vancleave Construction in Dresden.
• Passed the 2012-13 budget on the first of three readings. There was no discussion.
• Voted to pay Ford Construction $62,225 to pave Wolverine Road from Mary Jane Street to the town’s limits.
• Read a thank-you card from Watson for flowers sent by the town for his mother’s funeral.
• Received a letter stating the town has been inspected concerning the latest grant which paid for new air conditioning and heating units for several town-owned buildings and received a ruling of “no findings or concerns.”
• Heard the town sold four of the seven old units, as well as four vehicles recently.
• Learned city recorder Cheryl Cranford passed her last exam.
Published in The Messenger 7.3.12

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