Be another brick in the walkway

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The Troup Community Development Corporation opened public hearings on two separate projects Monday, Sept. 10. As no one was present to speak either in favor or against either project, the hearings were closed and action taken.

The TCDC board approved the project to move Suddenlink and CenturyLink lines on the south side of the 100 block of Duval at a cost not to exceed $80,000.

Executive Director Suzanne Loudamy stated during discussion prior to the vote that the individual estimates were $18,945.40 for Suddenlink and $57,200 for CenturyLink. The difference in quotes was noted as the difference in costs of the fiber optic cable used by Suddenlink versus the copper cable used CenturyLink.

The second project approved was the paving of two blocks of Church Street at accost up to $35,000. The project would fall under the interlocal agreement between the City of Troup and Smith County. Following the vote, City Manager Gene Cottle stated the latest estimate received for the cost of paving was just over $17,000, or about half the amount the board had approved.

Loudamy announced the groundbreaking for the Joe Layne Family Splash Park is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8. The board then discussed whether bricks or tiles should be used for donors in the design of the park. The tiles would be preferred if a wall was desired, but the bricks would be necessary if used in a walkway.

It was also stated by Loudamy that if the bricks were used they could be placed in a sand base which would be easier to remove blank bricks and have them inscribed and replaced should future donations be received. She also calculated 97 or 98 bricks would need to be used to account for all current donations.

The board decided to purchase the bricks and have them laid in a sand base. Due to safety concerns that the bricks may become slick when wet it was recommended they not be used as a part of the main walkway.

The board also approved a $200 contribution for prizes to be used in the Community Fall Festival sponsored by several local churches and presented free of charge to the public. The event is scheduled to take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

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