Red Ribbon week winners share essays with council

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Troy City Council approved the sale of liquor at one Troy establishment and the sale of wine and beer at another at Tuesday night’s meeting.

In August, Hurt Brothers Lounge requested a retail liquor license and was denied on the basis of how often police had responded to the location due to fighting or other activity.

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However, in October, owner J.L. King requested reconsideration by the council and the council agreed to hear King’s plan to decrease incidents at the lounge.

At Tuesday night’s council meeting, King agreed to abide by his plan to have five security guards, some armed, on the property during all business hours.

The council unanimously agreed to allow a conditional license to be re-evaluated in six months.

Belle Foods recently took control of Food World in Troy and the council also voted to allow the transfer of Food World’s off premise wine and beer license to Belle Foods.

Also at the council meeting, members voted to approve additional payroll to city employees for Christmas to be given in their paychecks before Thanksgiving.

The council held a short public hearing on the rezoning of 20.79 acres of land near Walmart, owned by Troy Bank & Trust. With no discussion, the council voted to approve the land’s rezoning to light industrial.

Council members voted to suspend meeting rules to approve a guarantee agreement from the city of up to $2.5 million to help Sikorsky Troy Operations with capital improvements, including a tornado shelter for employees. The loan will be split between First National Bank of Brundidge and Troy Bank & Trust and will only fall to the city if Sikorsky and parent company United Technologies fail to pay.

Marcus Paramore was approved to be the council’s representative on the Planning Commission and those in attendance Tuesday heard from five eighth-graders as part of the council meeting.

During the city’s Red Ribbon Week, eighth-graders wrote anti-drug essays and the winners were present Tuesday night to share their work.

Pike Liberal Arts School’s Chloe Dorrill won third place; Charles Henderson Middle School’s Fraukje Lieb and Marah-Katelin Paramore and New Life Christian Academy’s Jaylen Turner tied for second place; and NLCA’s ShaQuelia Lawson won first place.

ShaQuelia’s won a $25 gift card and her essay will be published in an upcoming edition of The Messenger.