No members of the general public attended a public hearing this morning regarding the performance of the City of Trenton in carrying out demolition projects partially funded with grant money.
Trenton, in 2008, was awarded slightly over $226,000 by the Missouri Department of
Economic Development to help tear down an estimated 34 residential and 7 commercial structures.
Green Hills Regional Planning Commission oversaw the grant. Ann Hamilton, of the planning commission, attributed lower than anticipated demolition bids and additional local funding to more structures being removed than originally estimated. As it turned out, 57 structures were demolished---47 of them residential and 10 commercial.
Ms. Hamilton said the City of Trenton has contributed nearly $52,000 in cash, plus nearly $53,000 worth of in-kind services. She said property owners have contributed nearly $37,000 toward the demolition costs.
Some additional cash and in-kind work were still expected.
The just concluded Community Development Block Grant Demolition program was the 2nd time Trenton received A CDBG demolition grant from the State of Missouri.
Ms. Hamilton said it's uncommon for a community to be approved twice, so she does not forsee Trenton being approved for another CDBG demolition grant anytime in the near future.
Trenton was allocated $125,000 in GDBG demolition funds in 2002. The money, along with $81,000 of local funding, was used to demolish 48 structures.
Trenton Building Inspector and Code Enforcement Officer, Donnie Vandevender, called the grants huge helps to Trenton. The City of Trenton has budgeted $20,000 a year for several years to demolish structures. This year, the amount was increased to $40,000. Vandevender anticipates there will continue to be requests to include funds in the Trenton city budget for demolition work.
Vandevender and Trenton Community Development Director, Ralph Boots, mentioned the Trenton Building and Nuisance Board and others are determined to continue cleaning up the communityâ€”and that community support has shown support.