Troy board

Troy Mayor Ron Sconce, right, discusses the Cherry Street Improvement Project with Alderman David Norman during the board’s monthly meeting on May 17.

Troy, Mo. - During its monthly meeting on May 17, the Troy Board of Aldermen approved several measures.

The meeting was highlighted by two approvals. The board unanimously approved a resolution enacting and supporting the use of a body camera policy by the Troy Police Department. Chief Jeff Taylor said the department has been trying to get cameras for several years, and the policy has been a long time coming.

“I’ve been wanting this for years,” he said. “I’ve raised $5,000, and (former Major Raymond Floyd) raised another $5000.

“The board approved the final $16,000 to cover the rest of the funding (for the cameras).”

Taylor said officers would be trained on the equipment immediately.

Earlier in the evening, the board awarded the Cherry Street Road Improvement Project to Lamke Trenching and Excavating LLC in the amount of $3,518,602 plus alternate bids.

Cherry Street has been closed on several occasions for road projects over the last few months – and Mayor Ron Sconce said after the meeting Troy residents should be prepared for the street to closed for an extended period once the project begins at a date yet to be determined.

“It’s going to be a hard, cold project,” he said. “It’s going to be about a 270-day project – and 220 of them are going to be rough – but in the end Cherry Street will be a beautiful street to drive on.”

In other business, the board approved a resolution to extend paid leave for city employees who have family members dealing with the novel coronavirus to keep in compliance with federal guidelines.

Alderman David Norman will continue to represent the Board of Aldermen on the Historic Preservation Commission for the next two years, beginning in June.

At the beginning of the meeting, a moment of silence was held for Public Works Superintendent Clint Cunningham, who worked for the City of Troy for over 40 years before dying on April 25 at the age of 61.