Council holds special meeting

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Troy City Council held a special meeting Thursday afternoon to pass three resolutions.

The meeting was called so that the council could approve the city’s application to two state loans.

Resolution 2014-37 allowed for the city to apply to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Resolution 2014-38 allowed for the city to apply to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for the upcoming fiscal year.

Troy Mayor Jason Reeves said it was important that the council approve the city’s application. “We have already applied to the 2013 fund, but, if that doesn’t go through, we want to apply for the 2014 fund as well,” Reeves said. “We still may get on the current budget, but we want to have an application in each fund year. In total we’re asking for between $2.5 million and $2.7 million.”

The council had previously approved the city’s application to the state loan in order to fund repairs to Troy’s sewer system.

The council unanimously approved the two resolutions.

The council also approved Resolution 2014-39, which adjusted the way in which the city’s firefighters will be compensated.

Reeves said the changes to the compensation plan would ultimately benefit the city’s firefighters. “We recently adopted new procedures for how the firefighters work,” Reeves said. “As a result of that, we need to change how they are compensated. They will be compensated a little differently than normal city employees. They don’t work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. days. They have 24 hours on and then 48 hours off. We can’t keep them on the same pay schedule as the rest of the city’s employees.”

Council president Johnny Witherington said the council may eventually need to amend the city’s budget. “Since we are changing the manner in which they are compensated, we might have to amend the budget in the future,” Witherington said. “We don’t think anything will need to be done until March at the earliest. It might not have to be amended at all. We’ll just need to be aware of the possibility.”

Reeves said the change in the way that firefighters are compensated has the blessing of the fire department. “This is right in line with what other municipalities do,” Reeves said. “It comes with Chief Outlaw’s blessing. It puts us right where we need to be.”