By DONNA RYDER
There are three new faces on staff in the Town of Troy.
After discussion at last month’s meeting about the town’s being required to have a city attorney, the board hired Allen Nohsey to fill the role Monday night.
Mayor Jimmie Hart said Nohsey, who is judge in Union City and is a county commissioner, knows the ins and outs of government and has agreed to be paid $250 per month for his services, which includes being at monthly meetings.
Alderman Deanna Chappell said she appreciates his willingness to work with the Town of Troy.
Nohsey said he will be at each meeting, can answer questions for the board and will do his best to be at special called meetings. He added he has done some things for the town in the last couple of years.
Another new face will be on the police department.
Hart said he and Police Chief Larry Farley conducted interviews and offered a position to Melba Price of Milan.
Ms. Price will begin on Saturday. She currently works for the Trezevant Police Department.
“She has very impressive credentials,” Hart said, adding she completed the academy in 2006 and is certified in radar and taser.
Her hiring will fill a gap currently at the department, the mayor said.
“I think she will make us a good one,” Farley added.
She will be paid $12.50 per hour for the 90-day probationary period.
The town also found itself in need of a part-time maintenance employee after Ray “Hots” Duren found another job. The board agreed to the hiring of Matt Sanford. Hart said the 30-year-old is preparing to attend the police academy and was looking for a part-time position.
Mrs. Chappell publicly thanked Duren for “all he has done for the city.” The board, at the suggestion of alderman Lew Solmon, voted to recognize Duren for his service.
In other business, the board:
• Approved a request from Natalie Huebner to allow the Hillcrest PTO to have a 5K run on April 20 to raise money for the school to have Reading Field Day. Mrs. Huebner has also planned a 5K for March of Dimes, which will be held on May 18. The board voted to allow the latter during last month’s meeting. Phillip Green said the town will need to do the proper pre-planning for the races to cover insurance.
• Learned the state wanted more changes made to the town’s Occupational Safety and Health Plan. The new plan was approved.
• Renewed a CD in the gas fund.
• Questioned a duplication in the list of bills for Ricky Butler. It was simply a clerical error, it was noted. Butler performs landscaping work for the city, particularly at City Park.
• Learned the mayor is working on the budget and the board should expect increases in employee pay, as some of the staff have completed extra certification and deserve raises. Solmon also asked about the possibility of including funds for a retirement plan. Hart said he thinks the city may be able to participate in the state’s plan and that he would check on it.
• Heard the new jackhammer is working “really good.”
• Was informed it will cost the town $3,500 for the codification of the town’s ordinances. It will take the Municipal Technical Advisory Service about a year to perform the work. Hart said he thinks the work needs to be done so the ordinances will be straightened up and there will be no conflicts with the town’s charter.
• Learned the ballfield scoreboard is in, installed and working well. It was also noted by alderman Brad Walton that the new drainage at the ballpark is “working good, too.”
• Inquired through Solmon about the patching of streets. Hart said the town will use cold mix to fill potholes, as well as to fix an area at Obion County Central High School where the water washes out rock the town has placed there in the past.
• Reminded residents that next week is clean-up week and that the town cannot pick up tires, paint, shingles, batteries or anything that contains asbestos.
• Was asked to look at the tennis courts and repair nets so students at OCCHS can practice on the courts in town. The team plays matches at the courts across from the Obion County Fairgrounds in Union City because there are multiple courts located there, it was noted. Hart said the courts have not been kept up because they don’t get used very much. Mrs. Chappell responded the town does not “want something there not in good shape.”
• Heard from Hart that the walking track is used on a year-round basis and at night there is a low section that gets particularly dark. He asked about the possibility of lighting the walking track and building a rest area near the big culvert. Solmon said the track “gets used a lot” and he thinks it is a good idea. Hart will get prices and report back to the board.
Hart also noted he plans to check with Gibson Electric about replacing the lights at City Park with LED lights. Fire Chief Mark Watson said TVA has a program to help pay for the replacement of lights when using more energy efficient models. He said the fire department is currently looking into it for the fire station.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 4.2.13