Council gives bikes to youth

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Troy City Council declared 27 abandoned bicycles junk at its regular council meeting Tuesday and voted to make the bicycles available to the Boys and Girls Club of Pike and Surrounding Counties.

Marcus Paramore, council president, said in donating the abandoned bicycles to the local Boys and Girls Club, the city is continuing its support of the young people of Troy.

The council worked from an 18 item agenda that included a public hearing on the rezoning of real property on Orion and Fairview streets. No residents in the area attended the public hearing to speak in favor of or in opposition to the request to rezone the property from residential to commercial.

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Paramore said the property was first zoned commercial. In 1983, the property was rezoned residential. The council held a second reading Ordinance 373 and voted in favor of rezoning the property commercial.

A first reading of Ordinance 374 was held in regards to census block redistricting in the Dozier apartment complex. The utility line was the original division in the census block but, with the recent construction, the block was split, necessitating redistricting. A second reading of the ordinance will be held on June 27.

The council voted in favor of transferring the lounge retail liquor – Class II (package license) at Pete’s Package Store from Pete Jordan to Donna Driggers.

The council considered the Transportation Program Authorizing Resolution, which Mayor Jason A. Reeves said, was a housekeeping item.

Reeves said the PATS program is operated with matching funds from the cities of Troy and Brundidge and the Pike County Commission. The match is 50/50 for the operating funds and 80/20 for administration and capital expenditures. The transportation program provides public transportation to jobs, doctors’ appointments, grocery stores, etc. for those who do not have any means of transportation. The council approved the resolution authorizing local matching funds for the transportation program.

In other action, the council voted to approve a resolution, which is a mutual aide agreement with the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC). In the event of a natural or manmade disaster the Cyber Mutual Assistance Agreement would allow cities to provide help to each other when and where needed. That assistance would include information technology.

The council also approved a resolution to enter into a utility rate studies agreement with Jackson Thornton to conduct a study of the city’s utilities to determine how the city’s funds are being spent and to determine in the rates are being fairly and equitably distributed.

The council also entered into a contract for services agreement with the Pike County Health Department at the cost of $1,000 a month. That agreement in the amount of $1,000 is a budgeted item.

Reeves congratulated the Troy City employees who were recently honored among the Reader’s Choice award winners in The Messenger.

He also expressed appreciation for the support and encouragement he has received during his 20 years and counting of community service.