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‘It is now my hometown’

Mayor Troy Jepsen says volunteer spirit is ‘abundant’ in Farnhamville

-Messenger photo by Kriss Nelson
Troy Jepsen is currently serving as mayor in the Calhoun County town of Farnhamville. Although not raised there, Jepsen considers Farnhamville his hometown.

FARNHAMVILLE –­ Troy Jepsen may not have grown up in Farnhamville, but it is a place he holds dear.

“It is now my hometown,” said Jepsen, who has lived in the Calhoun County town for 25 years and along with his wife, Angie Jepsen, has raised three boys, Noah Jepsen, Seth Jepsen and Aden Jepsen there.

Not only does Jepsen have a love for his hometown, he is currently serving as the town’s mayor. Prior to holding that office he served on the City Council.

When the opportunity arose for Jepsen to take over as mayor, he knew it was something he had to do.

“It is the best job that nobody wanted,” he said. “I think you have to step up, otherwise where are we going to go?”

As mayor, Jepsen has some clear goals.

“I hope to keep a nice, clean town that is safe and where you can raise a family,” he said.

And so far, it appears he is achieving those goals.

Jepsen was instrumental in getting his town a full-time police officer. The full-time police officer also helps with city maintenance, which is one of the factors that made it possible for the town to fill that much needed position.

“If you don’t have law and order, you are going to kill your town,” he said.

Jepsen, along with City Council members, took to the streets last year, going door to door confronting several Farnhamville residents about their nuisance properties. This was something new for Jepsen and the council, as in previous years, they would only send letters.

“We knocked on doors and just explained to them what needed done and we offered to bring services in to help them,” said Jepsen. “We wanted them to take pride in their property and community.”

Their efforts did not go unnoticed, as a majority of the property owners took charge and cleaned things up.

Jepsen, who is a reliability leader at Georgia Pacific, also brings a background in plant maintenance to the town that has been useful with the recent upgrades in the town’s sanitary system.

Farnhamville, Jepsen feels, has a lot to offer.

“For a town our size, we have a really nice city park with well-maintained tennis courts and a newer basketball court, sand volleyball and a shelter with a full kitchen along with the normal swings and playground equipment,” he said.

The town also has a softball field, a Veterans Memorial Park and a library.

Jepsen recognizes the citizens of Farnhamville for those features.

“All these amenities have been put in place due to volunteers or organizations that want to support and build up this town,” he said. “The fact we have so many things for this size of town are due to the organizations and the volunteer spirit that is abundant here.”

The Farnhamville Betterment Committee is also behind the city having a restaurant, which most recently has been changed to Rudy’s.

“They were instrumental in buying the building and keeping it a restaurant. Rudy’s is a big draw for Farnhamville,” he said.

Jepsen said Farnhamville should be considered a place to live and added it has been a nice place to raise his family.

“It is a small town and you get that feeling when you drive around and you see golf carts driving on the streets and people pulling up to talk to each other,” he said. “It is a friendly town. It is the way we are.”

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