Rural fire service fee collections include 60 percent of Troy residences

Rural fire service fee collections include 60 percent of Troy residences
By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
The Town of Troy has collected rural fire service fees for about 60 percent of the residences in its rural fire district.
Mayor Jimmie Hart reported to the board of aldermen Monday night that the town has collected $32,405 from 464 members. A total of 770 letters were mailed by the fire department.
In August, the board approved a rural fire membership program unlike any other in the county, with the fee based on the parcel’s improved value.
Owners of properties valued at less than $40,000 pay a $50 fee, while those owning property valued at $40,000-$140,000 have a $75 fee.
Should a property be valued at more than $140,000, the fee is $100 and property owners who have more than one parcel of property within the Troy Fire Department’s district may pay a blanket fee of $250.
The coverage period is for July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013. The fee will not be prorated as the area has already been covered during that period.
Fire Chief Mark Watson told the board in August the department will respond to all structure fires in the district and will only respond to grass and vehicle fires that are reported to be endangering life or property within the fire district. The chief said the department has followed this same practice for about 15 years.
Properties covered by the membership will be billed $500 per call. Owners of property not covered by the membership will be billed $2,500 per call.
Firefighters who are active members of the Troy Fire Department will be provided one annual membership for a single parcel within the district at no charge and the per call fee will be waived one time per year in the event a member of the fire department requires a fire call.
During its September meeting, the board agreed that churches within the Troy rural fire district will be covered and do not have to pay the annual subscription fee.
In other business Monday night, the board:
• Renewed a CD in the recreation fund. The best interest rate the town could receive is .75 percent, Hart said.
• Complimented Grace Presbyterian Church on repairs it is making to the town-owned building it is renting.
• Heard it appears lightning struck the heat and air unit at the police department.
• Voted to allow the same person to mow Trojan Park as last year as he has offered to perform the duty at the same price.
• Learned a culvert at Mary Kay and Moffatt streets will have to be replaced and it involves tearing out the street.
• Complimented the owners of Troy Apartments for cleaning things up and making it look nice again.
• Asked that residents remove yard sale signs once their yard sales have been held.
Alderman Gene Gurien was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.
During the September meeting, the board:
• Passed the purchase policy ordinance on third and final reading.
• Learned a culvert on Virginia Drive had been fixed.
• Received a thank-you note from a resident.
• Agreed to send a plant to a new business in town.
Published in The Messenger 10.2.12

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