During a 50 minute public hearing at the beginning of last night's Trenton City Council meeting, several representatives of Reliant Care Management Company discussed plans for Eastview Manor Care Center at Trenton. The central topic was a unit for persons with behavioral problems.
Reliant owner and president, Rick Destefane, said the company has 15 nursing homes in Missouri and 1 in Illinois---each of which includes a behavioral unit. He said there's never been a major problem, the behavioral units are locked and controlled, and many of the persons in the units return to the community and become gainfully employed.
Reliant's website said the company's mission is to provide quality care in a caring and dignified manner to both the frail elderly geriatric population, and those 18 years of age and older afflicted with mental illnesses in addition to a primary medical diagnosis.
Among the comments from the various Reliant representatives----the behavioral unit at Trenton is to be for females with low to no behavioral problems. Those persons are expected to be under 55 years old. They'll need permission to leave the facility.
Reliant is to put up a 10 to 12 foot privacy-type fence outside the unit. The behavioral unit is to be separate from the geriatric portion of Eastview Manor.
The behavioral problems can include such things as schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar. There also can be persons who've had head injuries, making them difficult to deal with. The persons were described as doing well when they take their medications. The goal is to have the patients get out of the facility and contribute to society.
Patients are referred to the behavioral units by state officials and physicians.
It was indicated the patients are not to be prisoners, nor extensive sexual offenders. The behavioral unit at Eastview Manor Care Center is not to have persons with significant behavioral problems because of the distance to a hospital treating mental problems.
Milan Health Care is among Reliant Care Management's facilities. Representatives of Milan Health Care attended the public hearing at Trenton and indicated there have been no problems at the Milan facility.
The behavioral unit at Eastview Manor Care Center at Trenton is to have 30 beds. Reliant owner and president, Rick Destefane said it's to result in another 10 jobs at Eastview---which currently has around 50 workers. He said the payroll would be around $1.6 million. The reliant owner also talked about expenditures for the building.
Trenton City Administrator, Kerry Sampson, indicated no problems were expressed by other city administrators he contacted regarding Reliant facilities.
Among comments from the public, Larry Crawford questioned whether Eastview Manor will be able to find the extra help. Crawford's mother resides there.
The Trenton Council spent about 20 minutes hearing a request from ConAgra Foods Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Gary Smiley, to begin discussions primarily regarding security issues. Smiley mentioned non-workers are able enter the plant when the 4 doors along Harris Avenue are opened by plant personnel. Smiley asked whether ConAgra might be able to assume control over Harris Avenue in front of the plant. He noted emergency vehicles would still be able to use the street in that area. Smiley suggested ConAgra would be responsible for providing swing gates for Harris Avenue in the plant area.
Smiley noted his appearance at the City Council meeting is an effort to begin communications with the City on the accessibility matter---which also could lead to food quality concerns.
Smiley also mentioned concern about ConAgra employees smoking on the city sidewalk in front of the plant.
City Councilman, Jim Bush, indicated the City wants to keep ConAgra in Trenton. Smiley noted ConAgra wants to stay, and said the city is very important to ConAgra. The Trenton plant employs around 400 workers. 1 of those employees, Jose Barron, also attended the Trenton City Council meeting and spoke briefly. The Harris Avenue request is expected to be discussed during a meeting of the City Council's Administrative Committee.
Another topic which received considerable discussion at last night's City Council meeting was an ordinance authorizing an agreement with the firm Burns and McDonnell for engineering services. It's for additional sewer collection studies and recommendations, plus treatment plant planning. The additional study was approved by the Trenton Board of Public Works last month. The total cost of the various studies is upwards to $904,000. The work is associated with Department of Natural Resources requirements. All 7 councilmen attending the meeting voted in favor. Chuck Elliott was absent. Councilman Jacob Black suggested he'd like to invite the DNR to attend a public hearing regarding the DNR requirements.
Representatives of Burns and McDonnell , and a subcontractor, Trekk Design Group, attended the meeting. Burns and McDonnell Project Manager, Stephen Yonker, participated in the discussion.
The Trenton Council, without discussion, approved Olsson Associates to perform engineering services for the replacement of the 17th Street bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad line. The cost of the engineering services is nearly $500,000. City Administrator, Kerry Sampson, said all costs are expected to be covered by the state and other partners---mainly the Union Pacific Railroad. Negotiations were continuing.
The council approved an ordinance granting a conditional use permit to allow Patricia Linhart to operate a dog grooming business at her residence at 314 West 11th Street.
The votes regarding the conditional use permit and the 17th Street bridge engineering services were approved by all 7 voting members of the councilâ€”with Chuck Elliott absent.
Among other topics at last night's Trenton City council meeting, Street Supervisor,
Larry Griffin said ice and snow removal and treatment this winter has cost more than $27,000.
Griffin is asking Mayor Nick McHargue and City Council members to list streets they'd like to see receive work this summer.
Persons who would like to participate in Great Northwest Day activities at the state capital at Jefferson City February 4th and 5th should contact Trenton Economic Development Director, Ralph Boots, at City Hall.