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Troy seeks grant

Missing a mayor and two councilmen, the Troy City Council met Tuesday and authorized the mayor to apply for two grants to assist economic development activities.

Council president Johnny Witherington, Jason Reeves and Wanda Moultry constituted the quorum required for the council to transact city business.

Resolution 625 authorizes the mayor to apply for a $200,000 Community Development Block Grant through the Alabama Department of Economic Development for the purpose of providing water and sewer services in the Troy Industrial Park South, the city's new industrial park.

The city will provide matching funds of $199,623.48 if the grant application is approved.

A second resolution authorizes the mayor to apply to the Alabama Department of Transportation for $220,000 for creating an industrial access road at National Warehouse.

The council tabled action on awarding a bid for an industrial access road in the Troy Industrial Park until July 17 at 10 a.m.

The lowest of six bids turned in for the project was from S.A. Graham Company for $1,020,898.13, but council members wanted to wait on the bid award until City Utilities director James Flowers could conduct water pressure tests, Witherington said.

The project calls for road construction and for extension of water and sewer facilities in the park.

"It may be possible to save a little on the costs, but the utilities department will have to conduct additional tests," said City Clerk Alton Starling.

Council will reconvene at 10 a.m. July 17 to finalize the bid award.