Council remembers slain city employee, Mike Mills

Published 6:46 pm Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday night’s Troy City Council meeting was a somber one as the council remembered city employee Mike Mills who was killed while working a second job as a clerk at the Hill Mart convenience store in Spring Hill Saturday night.

“Our hearts are broken over this loss,” said Mayor Jason A. Reeves. Reeves and all council members expressed their condolences to the Mills family. Mills worked as part of the Pike Area Transit Authority.

The council voted Tuesday night to allow Reeves to work with law enforcement agencies to include a contribution from the city as part of rewards being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person or people who shot and killed Mills during a robbery. So far, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office is offering $2,500 and the Governor’s Office is expected to contribute a reward in the next few days.

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Also at the council meeting, council members voted to approve two retail liquor licenses – one to That Blue Note, LLC blues bar located at the old Cheers’ building on Henderson Highway, and the other to 3 Notch Package, LLC located at the old Pete’s Package Store on Three Notch Street.

After being deemed unsafe by Troy’s Building Official, three homes in Troy were voted to be dilapidated and scheduled for demolition. In addition, an owner’s dilapidated building appeal was denied. Properties at 304 and 307 Mulberry Street, 311 Montgomery Street, and 110 Moulton Court will be torn down.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the council also voted to approve the purchase of a van costing $33,000 from Ken Cox Ford to be used by the city’s IT department; to approve and submit the city’s 10-year solid waste management plan to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management; to allow the mayor to work with property owners along Enzor Road to remove and replace 14 permanent mailbox structures in an effort to clear the right of way for road improvements that will be made with ATRIP funds; and to update the council rules and procedures to change the date required to submit council agenda items to noon on the Thursday prior to any scheduled meeting.

Before the meeting adjourned, Reeves reminded those present that city offices will be closed Nov. 28 and 29, Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1. The next scheduled city council meeting is Dec. 10.