Council approves emergency drain repairs

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, August 12, 2015

City council members on Tuesday cleared the way for emergency storm water drain repairs on Shellhorn Road.

City of Troy has entered into a utility agreement with the Pike County Commission to repair for emergency storm water drain repairs on County Road 1101, or Shellhorn Road.

Mike Davis, assistant manager of utilities for the City of Troy, said a city water line is located in the area of County Road 1101 that needs repairs, so the utility agreement with the Pike County Commission is needed for work to proceed.

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“The county is going to do some storm drain replacement on that road,” Davis said. “We have a water line it their way, so they are getting money to relocate our pipes. It will be no cost to us, and we will provide water to those residents.

“It’s simply an agreement to let a contractor do the work. We will be involved to make sure it is done right. It will be done with state funds.”

In another item related to road repairs, council members heard during work session from Teresa Webb, a Mobley Drive resident, concerning the state of the road.

“The conditions on Mobley Drive are beyond abhorrent,” Webb said. “I have pictures that I took outside about two weeks ago when we thought about coming here to address this issue with you. There is a crevice outside my driveway about two feet deep from wash out.”

City Attorney Richard Calhoun said the issue is a private property issue because the drive is currently privately owned.

The item was removed from the agenda; however, Mayor Jason Reeves said the matter had been taken under consideration.

Reeves also applauded the work of the first responders during Thursday night’s tornado and gave an update on the businesses that were damaged during the storm before the close of the meeting.

“I would like to thank everyone for their response Thursday,” Reeves said. “Everyone worked hard together to get everything done. We were very blessed that there weren’t more serious injuries and lost of life. We are doing everything we can to help businesses that were affected and that they get up and going. We are anticipating that in the next few days that part of Walmart will start to open, starting with the pharmacy with a mobile unit and then the grocery side.

“We are just thankful for the people in the community for all they did and how well they worked together.”

In other business, the council:

• Approved a new retail liquor license for The Brick LLC.

Lee Hussey, owner of The Brick, presented a request to the Troy City Council Monday for a retail lounge liquor license and explained that after two years The Brick was officially its own LLC and was no longer under The Pines.

Although the building had been closed for the summer, Hussey said he hoped the restaurant would reopen on Aug. 24.

“We were The Pines restaurant from downtown,” Hussey said. “We moved to that location two years ago (to U.S. 231). We’ve actually formed an LLC for The Brick. We were operating as The Pines LLC under the name the brick. We will still operate the same. We will have the same menu, but a new staff. We welcome everyone to come out and see us.”

• Awarded bids to Ken Cox Ford, of Troy for four SUV vehicles for the Troy Police Department. Ken Cox Ford was the low bidder for the vehicles at $32,559.46 apiece. “I think more departments are moving toward an SUV vehicle, and I think as time goes on you’ll see us moving toward SUV vehicles,” Reeves said.

• Approved paying $13,336 as a match to a $130,334 federal grant to the Troy Fire Department. The grant will be used to purchase a box-type vehicle similar to an ambulance to assist on medical calls as well as with special events.

• Rejected bids for a multi-use project at the Pike County Lake. The apparent low bidder was more than $200,000 over the specified budget. Reeves said the state had reached an agreement with the City of Troy for the project, but only for a certain amount of money.

“We need to lessen the scope to bring us back in budget,” Reeves said. “We look forward to getting this project back under budget and bringing it to the council again.”