Council approves runway improvement plan

Published 3:00 am Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Troy City Council appointed Wanda Moultry to the empty District 5 seat on Tuesday, but the new council also took care of other business during their first meeting.

The council approved to take the next step toward constructing a runway intersection at the Troy Municipal Airport. The project is estimated to cost around $325,000 of which the FAA would fund 90 percent and the City would fund 5 percent, or $16,250.

The specific action approved by the council was to file the pre-application for the grant. The action also included another four-year capital plan to improve the airport, but the plan was described as a “moving target” that gets updated yearly.

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Michelle Conway, representing Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, said that the FAA and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) suggested the project to make the runway safer.

“This clears up a safety problem,” Conway said. “The intersection can be confusing when a pilot taxis on the runway because three runways intersect.”

The council also unanimously chose to approve:

  • a bid award to Bill Jackson Chevrolet to replace a work truck in the grounds department. The cost of replacing the truck is $30,058;
  • an agreement with Durden Outdoor Billboards to run advertisements on four billboards to direct people downtown;
  • a resolution supporting new promotional testing for the fire department that would switch from using a Florida company to the Alabama state fire college and keep the Troy Fire Department from being involved in the administration of the test;
  • a type 20 alcohol license to Preston’s restaurant located at 1647 U.S. Highway 231 across from Walmart;
  • a Christmas bonus equaling 10 percent of monthly income for full-time city employees and equaling 1 percent of monthly income for part-time employees and crossing guards.

Mayor Jason Reeves also reappointed Vaughn Daniels to the Troy Planning Commission.

The Troy City Council will meet again on November 22 at 4 p.m. upstairs at City Hall for a work session followed by the regular city council meeting at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.