City Council approves draft beer, tables leash law

Published 8:34 pm Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Troy City Council tabled one ordinance and passed another at Tuesday’s meeting. Starting Thursday, Troy restaurants will be able to offer draft beer service. The ordinance passed unanimously.
“This will not allow residents to purchase a keg and carry it out to a field or anywhere else,” said Council President John Witherington. “It is for on-premise sales.”
Mayor Jason Reeves signed the ordinance immediately after the meeting and will advertise it in the next edition of The Messenger.
“On the day of legal advertisement, it will become a law,” he said.
Councilman Marcus Paramore thanked the Pike County Commission, State Rep. Alan Boothe and State Sen. Bryan Taylor for their parts in passing the bill.
Due to the overwhelming response to the Council’s proposed dog ordinance, the matter has been tabled indefinitely as council members take under consideration the comments they have received and look at similar ordinances in other communities.
“We do have a need for a leash law,” said Reeves. “But there are other parts that are arbitrary. We certainly don’t want to punish caring dog owners.”
Paramore encouraged Troy residents to continue sharing their thoughts on the ordinance.
“Just because it’s been tabled doesn’t mean stop voicing your opinion. Let us know what you feel, what you think,” he said.
Several people attended Tuesday’s council meeting in order to express their opinions on the matter.
Reeves asked that anyone with a comment or opinion come directly to him.
“Don’t worry about a dog limit. There won’t be one in the form of an arbitrary number,” said Reeves. “It was never our intention to have a three-dog minimum. This was just a starting off point.”
The Council accepted the lesser of two bids submitted to fix drainage on George Wallace Drive. McDonald Construction will tentatively begin the job May 26 and will close a portion of the road for 10 consecutive workdays. McDonald’s bid was $231,053.
“I appreciate you all allowing them to get in there, do the work and get out,” said Mike Davis, Water & Sewer Superintendent of Troy Utilities.
The Council had looked at closing one lane of the road at a time, but that would have extended the length of the project and raised the costs.
In other business, the Council:

  • Announced that Charles Henderson High School senior Kait Ross’ ad will be used for the Clean and Green Week campaign;
  • Approved a resolution to apply for a Clean Water Revolving loan in the amount of $3.66 million;
  • Approved a resolution to apply for a Transportation Alternatives Grant that would be used to repair sidewalks and add greenscaping to several downtown streets; and
  • Approved an architectural contract agreement between the city and McKee and Associates.

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