City approves building purchase

Published 3:00 am Thursday, June 16, 2016

The City of Troy will purchase a building from the Johnson Center for the Arts, thanks to a decision by the council on Tuesday.

Council members voted, at the recommendation of Mayor Jason Reeves, to purchase a building adjacent to the center for $90,000. Located next to a city parking lot on Academy Street, the building was donated to the center several years ago by the late Corley “Brother” Chapman.

“He had planned to slowly restore and renovate the building before he passed away,” Reeves said. “The Johnson Center doesn’t have the funds to do anything with the building … and they’ve had some unexpected expenses this year, so this sale will help them as well.”

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Reeves said the city will evaluate the building to determine if it can be salvaged or would need to be razed.

“We will get an expert to look at it,” he told council members. “But whatever we do with it following the purchase will be approved by the council.”

In other business on Tuesday, the council:

• Approved a correction to a previously approved agreement allowing for railroad crossing upgrades on Love Street. The original agreement omitted correct designations for one of the tracks involved.

• Approved an agreement to relocate water and sewer lines along U.S. 231 between the Best Western Hotel and Spurlock Iron and Metal Co. “The highway department is doing some work to 231 and that’s going to require us to move our water and sewer lines,” Reeves said. “The cost is approximately $178,000 and they will reimburse us.”

• Approved a contract for services with Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood to conduct a $530,000 drainage improvement project at the Troy Municipal Airport. Michelle Conway said the city has already filed pre-application for a $540,000 federal matching grant, and the firm is ready to advertise for bids on the airport project. The grants would be finalized in August or September, she said. The grant includes 90 percent federal funding; 5 percent state funding; and a 5 percent local match.

• Approved upgrades to the traffic signal at George Wallace Drive. The upgrades will address added traffic and demand with the creation of the Park Place retail development.

• Approved the sale of three acres in the Industrial Park South to Horn Beverage Company for $15,000 per acre.