A preliminary engineering report prepared by Olsson Associates estimated costs to extend utilities to the city owned property at the northern edge of Trenton at $2.8 million.
That includes sanitary sewer at nearly $1,475,000, water main work at nearly $1,138,000, and electrical at nearly $196,000.
During a meeting of the Trenton City Council's Economic Development Committee, none of the committee members attending voiced support for spending that much money without a business wishing to locate there. Economic Development Director, Ralph Boots, said he'd like to see a 1st phase of water service to provide fire protection to facilities at the location. Rural water service is available in that area, but the line is not large enough for fire protection. Rapid Removal Disposal and a shooting range are located there.
The cost figures were if outside sources did the extension work.
Councilman Jim Bush questioned whether Trenton Municipal Utilities personnel could do work there. TMU Director, Chad Davis, mentioned TMU tries to do projects when the work can be done timely and TMU can still deal with issues that may come up in its systems. However, a factor is not having needed equipment.
Board of Public Works member, Larry Crawford, indicated utilities would not be the only expense for developing the city owned land in hopes of attracting businesses there. Crawford said streets would be needed.
During a Board of Public Works meeting last month, when the estimated costs to extend the utilities were discussed, Crawford suggested the city sell the land at the north edge of Trenton and purchase property closer to where TMU utilities are located.
Board of Public Works member, Robert Day, suggested to the Trenton Economic Development Committee purchasing land closer to existing utilities might have some merit.
City Administrator, Kerry Sampson, noted the city attempted to sell the property at the north edge of Trenton in the past, but no bids were received.
The land was purchased in 1997 in the unsuccessful effort to attract a state prison.
Among other topics at the Trenton City Council Economic Development Committee meeting, Councilman Bush said he's heard several positive comments about the new Family Dollar store at Trenton.
Preliminary work continues on a proposed tax increment financing project to make improvements at Eastgate Shopping Center. Any proposal would need to be presented to a TIF Commission and the Trenton City Council. Community Developer Boots noted
2 companies are interested in locating at the shopping center. One of the sites where interest has been shown is space once occupied by a JC Penney store.
In other notes, a survey of business owners is to be conducted.
Councilman Black said he'd like to see something done with the former hospital site.
And, persons are encouraged to contact Trenton Community Development Director, Ralph Boots, Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce President, Debbie Carman, and their accountant to learn details about the Neighborhood Assistance program in which donations to the Trenton Downtown Improvement Association can earn state tax credits.