Troy aims for Keep America Beautiful status

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hopefully, soon, Troy will become an affiliate of the Keep America Beautiful program.

The Troy City Council voted to apply for affiliation at Monday night’s city council meeting.

“It will open up another world of grants and opportunities,” said Melissa Sanders, planning and zoning administrator for the city.

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Keep Troy Beautiful would expand recycling programs and continue anti-liter campaigns in the city.

Also at the meeting, council members voted to extend help to the City of Elba by purchasing a van through an ALDOT program where Elba will pay a required 20 percent match for the van. Troy will then transfer the van to Elba. The council voted to partner with Brundidge for the same transaction at the last city council meeting.

Troy is a participant in the ALDOT program, which allows them to make the match-purchases for the two cities.

“I know these other communities would help us if we were in need,” said Mayor Jason A. Reeves.

In other actions, the council voted to deny an appeal by the owner of a mobile home located on lot 8 of Southland Mobile Home Park. The mobile home was one of several that had been deemed unsafe by the city’s building inspector and the owner requested time to renovate the building. At prior meetings, the city had already voted several buildings were dilapidated and needed to be moved from the property and had denied an appeal by the owner of Southland Mobile Home Park.

The council felt it was not proper to grant an appeal at this stage and approved a resolution to continue the removal process at the mobile home park.

The council also voted to refinance the Troy Hospital Healthcare Loan.

The next scheduled meeting for the Troy City Council is Aug. 12.