County recognizes employees who protected citizens, property in flood

Published 8:00 pm Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Troup County Board of Commissioners and County Manager Eric Mosley issued a proclamation on Tuesday, recognizing county employees for their coordinated efforts to keep residents informed and safe during the April 19 flood.

On April 19, severe flooding in parts of Troup County closed 28 roads and caused damage to both public and private property. No casualties were reported as a result of the flooding, but officials recognized that the conditions on roads and neighborhoods could have easily had tragic outcomes.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the men and women of Troup County E911, Troup County Fire Department, Troup County Sheriff’s Office, Troup County Roads and Engineering and our citizen engagement specialist, Rachel Camp for their work that day,” Mosley said.

Troup County shared updates on social media and through local media throughout the flood event, while law enforcement ensured that unsafe roads were marked. Efforts to repair those roads are already underway.

“We got in touch with Vance [Smith on April 19], and he and Commissioner [Ellis] Cadenhead went out there that afternoon,” Crews said.

“If I remember correctly, they are going to reimburse us approximately 70 percent of the cost of replacing our roads. … We thank Vance, and I talked to Randy Nix. We thank them for helping us with the financial burden of replacing our roads. Thank you to each and every one of you who played a part in that day.”

Mosley confirmed that the county expects to be reimbursed for 70 percent of the cost of road repairs made necessary by the flood.

Other items covered during the meeting included:

  • The commission approved a request to hire a building inspector for the building department.
  • The commission approved a request to lift the hiring freeze for the county planner position.
  • The board of commissioners voted to purchase five vehicles for county departments.
  • The board voted to declare 23 vehicles surplus so that they could be listed for sale on
  • The board of commissioners announced that the Fiscal Year 2020 budget is available for citizens at the library and in the Troup County Board of Commissioners office on the third floor of the Troup County Government Center.
  • The board of commissioners voted to approve a text amendment to the Troup County Code of Ordinances for fire prevention and protection and enforcement. The update mirrors ordinances in neighboring counties and aims to improve efficiency in addressing fire code violations.

The Troup County Board of Commissioners will hold budget hearings on May 14 at 9 a.m. and May 21 at 9 a.m.