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Troy Budgets Fireworks; OKs Purchase Of New Police Dog

By Charlie Feldman

cfeldman@timestribunenews.com

The Troy City Council approved its 2021-22 Tourism Fund Budget, which includes Fourth of July fireworks, and gave permission for the Troy Police Department to purchase a new police dog and a system for photographing license plates.

These and other actions were taken at its Monday, March 15 meeting.

Items on this year’s Tourism Fund Budget include $95,000 for Fourth of July fireworks; $1019.21 for Santa’s Village and $8,000 for a festival, both sponsored by the Troy Lions Club; $8,000 for the Jim Welch Classic Softball Tournament; $1,400 for a Harvest Ministries event and $1,200 for Partners for Pets.

Budget requests from the city included funds for its website, miscellaneous promotions and the Great Rivers and Routes Partnership. A total of $84,619.21 went to tourism application requests, bringing the grand total up to $179,619.21. The amount of $91,844.71 was left over for next year.

The Troy Police Department’s new K-9 will be a German shorthaired pointer. A popular breed of hunting dog, it will be trained to sniff out drugs, find lost people and not bite suspects.

“It’s actually one of the top dogs for stopping,” said Police Chief Brad Parsons. “So the dog will not be trained to bite. It’s only trained to identify packages, drugs and track. And where that will come in handy for our community, we need a dog that can track missing people. We have a memory loss [center] and so we have walk-offs from there and we need help. We couldn’t use a regular traditional K-9 to help find them. This kind of dog will be able to do that.”

Forfeiture funds from drug seizures will be used to pay for this and related training as well as the system for photographing licenses plates.

These will be placed at two highway access points – where traffic comes off the interstate at U.S. Highway 40 and at Illinois Route 162.

“If a license plate has been entered, if somebody’s committed a felony, it will notify the officers working if the car has come into the community,” Parsons said.

Part of the cost will be defrayed by a $5,000 grant from the Madison County State’s Attorney’s office.

In other action the board approved an annual mowing contract with D & D Lawn Care for $36,257.08. It was the lowest of three bids.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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