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Troup City Council awarded a bid Monday for the demolition of a former washateria located at 105. E. Calvert St. to Riley Harris Construction, which bid $7,980.

Also during Monday's meeting, the council unanimously approved an agreement with Troup ISD for the placement of an antenna on the Troup water tower for the school's use.

The council also discussed and approved an interlocal cooperation contract for the Failure to Appear Program.

According to Troup City Manager Gene Cottle, the program means if a person fails to appear to satisfy an appearance in municipal court, the interlocal agreement permits the municipal court to share information with the DPS. The person cannot renew a driver’s license until he or she has satisfied municipal court obligations.

Meanwhile, a municipal election was called for Saturday, May 2, for the positions of the Troup mayor, council Position II and council Position V.

The council also authorized the current mayor to execute an interlocal agreement for a joint municipal and Troup ISD Board election, to be administered by the Smith County Elections Administrator.

In other business, the city council re-appointed Gary Salyer, Cindy Steele and Donna Dowdy to the Troup Community Development Cooperation. They will each serve a two-year term expiring Jan. 1, 2022.

The council additionally approved the minutes from the regular meeting held on Dec. 16, along with

the city financial report for December.

“At the end of December, we are at 25 percent of the budget year,” Cottle said. “While the expenses look large in the street department, it is because of the downtown sidewalk project.”

Cottle said the January 2020 sales tax payment was $33,408.37.

“It is down from last year’s record January payment of $37,667.55 and is the third largest January sales tax payment in Troup’s history, exceeded only by 2019’s record payment and the January 2017 payment of $33,999.25. The January payment is for retail sales in the month of November 2019,” Cottle added.

Other notes from Cottle included:

– Other than a delay in CenturyLink getting their lines removed, the downtown sidewalk is moving quickly. CenturyLink must get their lines down, then Suddenlink can get theirs down and Oncor will remove the poles. After Oncor moved their line underground last week, the concrete work was done and is awaiting the completion of fence and the installation of the basketball goal. This project should be completed soon.

– The Texas Water Development Board and the staff, following their final review, is anticipating recommending that the wastewater plant rehabilitation and improvement project of $1.14 million receive funding of $840,000, at a 0 percent interest rate, and an additional $300,000 in subsidy as principal forgiveness. Following the staff recommendation and if the board approves a 30-year term, the $1.14 million project will cost $28,000 annually, rather than the $55,000 anticipated in the budget.

– The semi-annual debt service interest payment of $14,512,40 is due Feb.1 and will be made prior to that date. The current balance is the debt service interest and sinking fund account is $100,541.46. The next payment of $86,000 in bond principal and $14,512.40, for a total of $100,512.40, is due Aug. 1. At that time the remaining principal on Troup’s existing debt will be $908,000. This debt is scheduled to be completely retired on August 1, 2029.

All council members were present for the meeting except Nelson Darden, Place III.

Due to the President’s Day holiday in February, the next city council meeting will be Monday, Feb. 10.

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