Troy Police dogs retiring

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Two police dogs are being retired from the force after years of service.

Muscles, a beagle used for tracking, and Rex, a German shepherd, will no longer be on duty.

At Tuesday night’s Troy City Council meeting, council members voted to allow Muscles to be declared “surplus” to the Troy Police Department’s needs and bids will now be accepted for those who would like to purchase and adopt the dog who is about 10 years old.

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The council suspended the rules Tuesday night and also voted to allow recently retired Sgt. Tim Hunter to adopt his canine partner, Rex.

Also at the meeting, the council voted to purchase two vans for the Nutrition Center for use by senior citizens. The city’s cost will be a 20 percent match under a Department of Transportation agreement.

During the meeting, council members also discussed and voted in favor of helping to purchase a pictometry program with the Pike County Revenue Commissioner’s Office that will provide aerial pictures for use by the Revenue Commissioner, planning commission, police department, fire department and others. The total cost will be about $170,000 over three years. Pike County will be responsible for about $90,000, Troy about $60,000 and E-911 about $15,000.

The council also voted to designate Troy’s downtown area as a historical district to be registered with the state.

Before the council adjourned, Mayor Jason A. Reeves noted that the state has approached him to open discussion about a partnership with the City of Troy to create a possible recreation area and destination at Pike County Lake.

Reeves also shared that 2012 numbers are in and there was $26,156,826.73 worth of construction that took place in Troy. That number is the highest it has been since 2008 and is $1 million more than 2011.

The next scheduled council meeting is set for Feb. 12.