Two dilapidated buildings to be destroyed

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Staff Writer

Two more buildings in Troy have been declared unsafe and are set to be removed.

Tuesday night, the council voted to tear down the building at 130 Martin Luther King Drive, owned by John E. Miller of Lincoln and the one at 115 Smith Avenue, owned by Gerald Wright of Troy.

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Because of a law established by the Alabama Legislature, cities can tear down dIlapidated buildings and assess the costs of demolition to the property owners.

In other business, the council:

· Voted to dedicate Hunter’s Mountain Parkway. The roadway from U.S. 231 leads to Hunter’s Mountain Mobile Estates, but does not include any of the mobile home park.

· Approved the transfer of the cable television franchise of Charter Communications.

· Authorized the application of a grant that could mean $360,000 for the purchase of a fire truck and protective equipment. The Federal Emergency Management Agency grant would require a $40,000 match from the city, Fire Chief Ray Rhodes said.

Rhodes said, apparently, few are applying for the $100 million in funds available from FEMA.

· Discussed a proposal from CSX Transportation regarding the removal of the grade railroad crossing at Walnut Street and installation of a new switch.

Mayor Jimmy Lunsford said the new switch is supposed to speed of train travel through the city, preventing long delays at railroad crossings.

"In this particular case, I think we need to keep an open mind," Lunsford said, adding he wants more information from CSX before proceeding.

· Was informed the 2000 audit is available for review. The document prepared by Gibson and Carden PC, CPA shows the city "finished with a good year."

Before voting to vacate the crossing, the council would have to hold a public hearing.

· Appointed Troy Police Chief Anthony Everage to the East Central Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board. He will replace Faith Weathington, who is retiring, to serve a six-year term.

· Appointed the Rev. Bobby Cox to the Troy City Board of Education, replacing Willie Williams, who has moved outside of the city limits. That appointment is a five-year term.

· Acknowledged the absence of Councilman Charles Meeks, who is on vacation.