Troy Airport renamed for Campbell

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Troy City Council voted to make slight changes to the city’s new smoke free ordinance at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

The “tweaking” included information about how and when businesses would be notified of violations, changing the ticketing portion to read the fine would be treated as a non-traffic offense, and adding the word “exits” to the portion of the ordinance that addresses the distance smokers must be from entrances.

Also at the meeting, the council denied an appeal by Southland Mobile Home Park owner Larry Davis, of Opp, regarding the removal of buildings deemed unsafe by the city’s building official. Davis said he wasn’t in disagreement the buildings were unsafe, but he didn’t own all of the mobile homes in the list of structures to be removed. He questioned the legal aspect of him removing someone else’s property. The city voted to deny Davis’ appeal, noting that he still has more than a month to clean up the property.

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The City of Brundidge asked for Troy’s help, and the council voted to provide that Tuesday night. Troy will purchase a new van through an ALDOT program and Brundidge will pay the match. Troy will then transfer the van to Brundidge to help expedite the city’s acquisition for its Nutrition Center.

In a move to abate a weed nuisance, the council authorized cleaning up 315 Trojan Way and assessing the cost to property owners. In other landscaping news, the first District 5 “Yard of the Month” was awarded by District 5 council member Dejerlyn Henderson to Pat and Willie Thomas of 326 Plum Street. The Thomas family received a $50 gift card to Lowe’s and a yard sign to display on their property.

The council also voted Tuesday night to enter into an agreement with Alabama Rural Electric Association at a cost of $1,173 a month and a $1,500 per year membership fee to acquire safety training for city employees.

And in two pieces of news regarding the Troy Municipal Airport, the council voted to reject bids for the airport’s Instrument Landing System slope because the bids showed irregularities and all came in over what was estimated the project would cost.

The council also voted to name the Troy Municipal Airport Field the N. Kenneth Campbell Field and the portion of the road from U.S. 231 leading to the field, Campbell Field Road. There will be a public ceremony at the airport for the renaming at 11 a.m. Thursday.