The Trenton City Council has voted to have Community Development Director, Ralph Boots, contact Walmart to encourage it to consider placing a store at Trenton.
Boots, earlier this month, had asked the City Council's Economic Development Committee whether he should pursue a Walmart store. He told the Economic Development Committee, trends in retail, are for big box stores to downsize,partially because of the Internet and costs of business. Walmart has what's called â€śexpressâ€ť and â€śneighborhood market storesâ€ť which are smaller than the company's super centers.
The topic was tabled by the Economic Development Committee to get input from the public and businesses. Boots, last night, said he's received some positive comments and no negative feedback regarding whether a Walmart store should be pursued.
The chairman of the Economic Development Committee, Travis Elbert, was the person who asked the Committee to table the topic so input could be received. Elbert did not attend last night's City Council meeting. All of the other 7 Councilmen last night voted to have Boots pursue a Walmart store.
On another topic, Boots said he's impressed by the quantity and quality of job applications for 2 prospective manufacturing companies considering Trenton if there's adequate labor. Applications can be made until tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 4:30. Interested persons should contact Trenton Community Development Director,
Ralph Boots, at City Hall.
Boots did not release the number of applicants for competitive reasons. He indicated other communities also are attempting to attract 1 of the companies. He noted persons applying at Trenton are from the Trenton area and other counties. Some of the applicants are Trenton people who work elsewhere.
Boots said there are enough applications to make an impact. He said he's very pleased with the drive to encourage persons to make an application. He repeated applications still are being taken.
Among other news from last night's Trenton city council meeting.........................
The Council approved an agreement for the Grundy County Ambulance Service to continue to be housed at the city fire station building. Grundy County Commissioners
approved the agreement last week. Before the vote, Mayor Nick McHargue said he believes the county is getting off cheap.
The Trenton Council agreed to have an ordinance prepared reflecting changes in the rental housing ordinance. Those changes were approved last week by the City Council's Administrative Committee. Building Inspector, Donnie Vandevender, last night, indicated he'd like the calendar year to be used for determining fees rather than a 12 month period starting with any month.
Trenton Fire Chief, Rick Morris, said he'd like to see the Fire Department accompany the Code Officer during rental housing inspections. He said 75% of the fires in Trenton involve rental properties. Morris said the Fire Department could check smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers. Vandevender says smoke detectors are required in all rental properties. Fire extinguishers also are required for apartment buildings with 3 or more families.
The Trenton Council approved a conflict of interest ordinance that's required every 2 years.
All but 1 of the Council actions were approved unanimously among the 7 members in attendance.
The Council voted 6 in favor and Mark Robinson opposed to Mayor Nick McHargue's re-appointments to various boards and commissions. Robinson opposed the re-appointments of Don Altes and Gary Berry to the Park Board.
Although Dr. McHargue re-appointed existing Board members who's terms expire this month, he said he had not contacted all of those persons about serving again.
Mayor McHargue requested the Park Board change the time of its meetings. The Park Board meets the first Wednesday afternoon of the month at 4:45. Dr. McHargue says it's difficult for some people to attend meetings that early.
Dr. McHargue also asks persons serving on various boards, commissions, and committees to show up for their meetings. He said maybe persons should be replaced if they miss three meetings in a row.
It was a busy night for the Trenton Building and Nuisance Board which met prior to the City Council session. Public hearings were held on nuisance declarations at 119 Kavanaugh, 427 and 431 West 13th Street, 3915 Oklahoma Avenue, and 506 Grundy. What's called the filing of facts and findings was approved on all of those properties. In addition, the 3915 Oklahoma Avenue property, which is the former Gables location, is to be considered for possible City financial assistance for demolition. The request was made by owner Tim Corethers who attended the meeting.
The Building and Nuisance Board declared a structure at 1214 Shanklin as a nuisance. The process had to start over because ownership of the structure changed back to
Kenneth and Rhonda Howard.
The Building and Nuisance Board voted to send notices to the owners of properties at 702 East 5th Street and 905 Rural.
The Trenton Building and Nuisance Board voted to provide $1750 of City money for each approved demolition project the Board selects for assistance. The property owner is required to pay the remainder of the demolition costs. The Board expressed a desire to have the $1750 limit so more structures can be demolished with the $20,000 the City has in its budget for demolition projects.
The Building and Nuisance Board reviewed a list of properties to be considered for possible financial assistance from the City in demolishing the structures. Members of the Board are to tour the sites Thursday evening. They're to meet at Trenton City Hall
Thursday evening at 5:30 to go on the tour.
Trenton Mayor Nick McHargue questioned why some people who have money for demolition costs are allowed to receive financial assistance from the City.
A suggestion also was made at the Building and Nuisance Board meeting that persons willing to pay for all of their demolition costs should be put on a list so they can receive a discount. That discount would come when a demolition company has several projects to demolish at Trenton.
Police Chief, Tommy Wright, reviewed a list of nuisances the Police Department has been dealing with. He discussed the difficulty of tracking down out of town