By Nathan Straus

nstraus@jacksonvilleprogress.com



The Troup City Council denied a request to place a fifth wheel travel trailer on 808 N. Jarvis St. in Troup for temporary living quarters.

The decision was made as part of the regular monthly city council meeting Tuesday.

Cheryl Jimerson, city secretary, said the request was denied because city officials believed the owner would leave the trailer there for a year or more before building on the property.

Several items on the agenda were approved over the night.

• Consider approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of July 14, 2009, and special meetings of July 2 and July 28, 2009.

• Consider authorizing the mayor to execute a continuing tax abatement policy with the Tyler Economic Development Council/Smith Co. Tax Abatement Comittee providing for negotiation and evaluation of any proposed abatements.

• Consider authorizing the mayor to execute an interlocal agreement with Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool as participating members.

• Consider authorizing the mayor to execute an engagement letter with Acker and Company to prepare the city of Troup’s annual audit.•

• Discuss and propose the tax rate for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. If the proposed tax rate will exceed the rollback rate or the effective tax rate, there would be a record vote to schedule public hearings and approval for publication of the Notice of Public Hearings on Tax Increase. However, the tax rate proposed was $.8752, just under the rollback rate of $.87566. There will be a workshop August 18 at 6:30 pm inside the Troup Independent School District administration building.

There were no updates on the Lake Striker and Lake Columbia projects and the meeting was adjourned.

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