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TROUP – City leaders recently inked an agreement between the cities of Troup and Arp for animal control services to be provided on an annual contract.

According to an Oct. 21 Troup City Council meeting agenda packet, the agreement for service will automatically extend for consecutive one-year terms “unless either party gives the other written notice of its intention not to so extend, at least 45 days prior to the expiration of the initial term or the then current extended term.”

An Arp animal control officer will be dispatched during normal business hours – between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday – at a base rate of $50 per trip plus $50 per hour, rounded up to the next half-hour, based on the time the officer departs and returns to Arp, regardless of whether an animal is successfully captured, the agreement stated.

After hours and holiday rates double to $100 base rate per trip for assistance plus $100 per half-hour, it added.

The agreement was passed unanimously, said Troup City Manager Gene Cottle.

During the meeting, council members also granted two related requests regarding property at 735 Arp Dr., near McElroy Plastics and the Troup Youth Association baseball fields.

The first, a zone change request by Jack Brabec, has the property – originally identified as C-1 Commercial – now listed as M-2 Manufacturing/Industrial District.

The second request was for a Specific Use Permit for the 735 Arp Drive property, issued to Brabec for a scrap metal recycling facility and an industrial dumpster behind their proposed building for disposal of washers, dryers, etc., Cottle said.

In other action, city leaders:

• Nominated Ron Shaffer to the Smith County 9-1-1 Committee;

• Inked an interlocal cooperation contract with the DPS for its Failure to Appear Program;

• Allowed city employees and vehicles to transport food from Troup ISD campuses to the Troup Community Food Pantry. Cottle said that milk, juice and fruit are moved each Thursday from the Troup Elementary campus to the local community food pantry.

• Closed the 100-200 blocks of East Calvert Street and the 100 block of South Virginia Street for the Oct. 26 Troup Fall Fest;

• Authorized a $9,000 payment to Robert and Carole Dobrowolski for purchase of property at 107 E. Calvert. According to Cottle, the property adjacent to the splash pad – an unused laundromat – is one that the city had filed an eminent domain petition to use for parking. However, he said, the property owners decided to accept the appraised value of the property rather than challenge the eminent domain petition in court.

• Passed a resolution authorizing an application for a local park grant program with Texas Parks & Wildlife for Patriot Park, located at the corner of East Calvert and South Georgia, across the street from the Library and half a block from the splash pad. “Anticipated cost is approximately $125,000 with a required 50 percent match,” he said. “The City will provide half the funds and half the funds will be from the grant.”

The council also approved minutes from a Sept. 16 meeting, a September financial report and a racial profiling report submitted by the Troup Police Department.

Mayor Pro Tem Carole Wilson was not present at the meeting.

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