A large portion of yesterday's Trenton Park Board meeting involved discussion initiated by Trenton community developer, Ralph Boots, regarding attempts to keep sales tax revenue from leaving Trenton, and having activities which attract people to town, and as a result, and their spending.
This comes as the City of Trenton is developing a budget for the fiscal year beginning May 1st. Boots said cutting expenses and means to increase revenue are being examined.
Boots talked about a falling unemployment rate and hundreds of thousands of dollars of potential sales tax revenue being spent elsewhere.
The Community Development Director mentioned he's been working with existing Trenton businesses in an effort to help them attract more revenue. And, he's attempting to attract new businesses to Trenton.
One of the ways discussed to keep people and their spending in town, and to draw people to Trenton, is to have various events and activities. That led to the discussion about the possibility of employing a Recreational Director funded by multiple entities. The multiple entities approach is because specific entities are considered to not have sufficient revenues to fund such a position on their own.
There also was brief discussion about a need for more ballfields and fairgrounds space to attract additional activities. Existing church recreational centers were seen as lacking space for spectators should activities be scheduled there. It was mentioned baseball numbers have been declining for yearsâ€”although part of that is attributed to playing out of town. Park superintendent, Jason Shuler, indicated the Trenton Kiwanis Club was looking at having girls softball instead of a boys baseball tournament because of participation levels.
Park Board President, Don Altes, said he'd like to hear what the public thinks about employing a Recreational Director. Community Developer, Ralph Boots, encouraged the public to contact him or the Park Department about what they'd like to see. This comes after a community attitude survey distributed late last year did not receive enough participation to be considered valid.
Members of the North Central Missouri Fair Board were in attendance at yesterday's Park Board meeting and participated in the discussion.
North Central Missouri Fair Board Chairman, Rick Hull,is to be in contact with Park Board President, Don Altes.
Altes said everybody needs to work together---something Hull said he agrees with 100%.
Activities and facilities not only are viewed as factors in consumer spending, but also among quality of life reasons people locate in a community.
Although most of the Economic Development related discussion centered on activities and facilities, Park Board member, Gary Berry mentioned businesses need to meet the needs of people to keep them from going out of town. Berry noted he has to travel to Chillicothe to get things he needs.
In action items, the Park Board voted to allow the Fair Board to use the fairgrounds the week before, during, and after the North Central Missouri Fair. The motion included a
$500 deposit and $500 rent. The rent is to go toward renovations in the Rock Barn area. Before the discussion began on the topic, Park Board President, Don Altes, said only the Trenton City Council has the authority to waive a City Ordinance prohibiting alcohol in the parks. So, any such request by the Fair Board would have go be made to the City Council.
The Park Board vote is expected to be discussed during a North Central Missouri Fair Board Directors meeting tonight.
This year's fair is July 29th through August 2nd. Last year's attendance was described as a record.
The Park Board approved a request from Trenton Kiwanis Club president Kara Helmandollar to use Moberly Park April 12th for a Community Easter egg hunt. It's to start at 10 o'clock. A road is to be closed during the event. If weather conditions are bad April 12th, the Easter egg hunt would be the following Saturdayâ€”April 19th. Mrs. Helmandollar said the Kiwanis Club was approached by the Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce to assume oversight of the Community Easter egg hunt.
The Park Board voted to have Park Superintendent, Jason Shuler, seek bids for 4 dugout benches and 2 scorer's table benches for the Ebbe Sports Complex. The price is not to exceed $5,000.
Although no vote was taken, public donations are sought to replace the flagpole at the
World War I Memorial at Moberly Park. A 50-foot pole is estimated to cost nearly $3,000. In the meantime, the existing flag pole blown down in a recent windstorm, is to be repaired and put back up.
The fund raising efforts for the proposed Moberly Park tennis court project also were discussed. Donations are available to pay for postage for 500 envelopes and and a Post Office box. They were given anonymously. There are more than $2600 worth of funds which can be used for printing costs