City, school agree on full-time elementary SRO

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The Troup city council approved several items and resolutions when they met Monday, June 18. Included in the approved measures was an agreement with the Troup Independent School District concerning a school resource officer. The finalization of the agreement specifies the financial responsibilities of both the city and the school district and allows for a full-time SRO at the elementary school campus.

Other agenda items also considered and approved included the Troup Community Development Corporation project to match donations up to $13,250 made by the public and authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement regarding city employee health insurance.

Approved resolutions included allowing the sale of struck off property and naming the Tri County Leader as the official newspaper for the city for fiscal year 2018.

Gene Cottle, Troup city manager, reported the contracts have been executed for the Community Development Black Grant project regarding the water main along Athena and East Paschal Streets. Also mentioned was the no-cost software upgrade which went well with one exception which Tyler Technologies technicians were due to diagnose and fix.

Another item listed in the city manager’s report included the planned application for a grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife for a 50 percent grant for park improvements. The purpose of the grant would be to renovate the basketball court at Short Street Park and add a playground feature. Applications would be accepted beginning the first of July and approved in October.

The city council adjourned to convene the board of adjustments to consider action on substandard structures at five locations. A public hearing was opened but no property owner was present to address the board and no resident spoke to the issue. After closing the public hearing, the board of adjustments voted to send letters to the owners of the properties giving notice of the city’s intent to proceed with demolition.

The properties discussed were 207 West Tarbutton, Block 67, Lot 10; 210 Melton, Block 67, Lot 5; 509 Walker, Block 67 Lot 00007; 308 Tarbutton, Block 60 Lot 11, 3 and 4; and 210 Tarbutton, Block 66 Lot/Space 2. All locations are situated within the city of Troup.

After closing the board of adjustments and reconvening the city council meeting, the council went into executive session to evaluate the city secretary and city manager. No action was taken after the council returned to regular meeting.

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