Splash pad a possibility for Troup thanks to donor


An individual is donating $100,000 to the city of Troup for the specific purpose of building a splash pad. This was announced at the Monday, Feb. 26, meeting of the Troup City Council.

While the donor requests to remain anonymous for the time being, he or she has placed stipulations on the contribution. The council approved acceptance of the donation with its stipulations which included the donor’s right to name the splash pad and the pad be built within 18 months of receiving the donation.

While $100,000 is a generous donation, the estimated cost of the proposed splash pad is $129,000. The city, upon receipt of the gift will request private funds in order to raise the necessary amount to build the splash pad. If needed, funds to complete the project may be given by the Troup Community Development Corporation.

Regarding other action items, the council approved cancellation of city elections for May as all candidates are running unopposed, Troup Police Department’s grant application requesting body-worn cameras and replacing the current mercury vapor streetlights with LED lights as the fixtures fail. A burned-out lamp will not be considered non-working, though it was reported up to 8 percent of lights go bad each year.

Also approved by the city were two recommendations from the Planning and Zoning Commission. The first allowed for the rezoning of property from Single Family Residential 2 to manufactured Home Zoning. The property is lot 5 of block 8 of the I.E. Tackett Addition located off West Countyline Road.

The second recommendation granted a Certificate of Appropriateness for repairs to a home at 107 North Virginia, which is located in the historical district of town.

The city secretary, Buffie Deason, swore in Brandi Barton as Council Person Place III to complete the term vacated by Gary Salyer.