The Trenton City Council Monday night passed a resolution showing support for Governor Jay Nixon's vetoes last month of legislation, the City says, would significantly diminish voter approved municipal sales tax revenues.
The resolution also said the reduction in sales tax revenue would force cuts in essential local services for the residents of Trenton. The resolution was approved 6 to 1. Councilman Jim Bush voted no. Alan Quilty was absent.
City Administrator, Kerry Sampson, said the tax cuts benefit special interests. He said they would mean a loss of tax revenue at Trenton from an estimated $120,000 to $189,000 a year. He indicated the estimate of $189,000 was from the governor's office and the lower figure was from the legislature.
Councilman Jim Bush, who cast the dissenting vote, said tax cuts are intended to stimulate revenue. He said businesses are taxed to death, and if businesses are killed, there won't be tax revenue.
The resolution passed by the City Council said, if the legislature overrides the governor's veto, and the City of Trenton loses the money, cuts in services will have to be made. It noted some of the revenue lost would jeopardize police, fire, streets, and other infrastructure improvements.
The resolution thanks Governor Nixon for the vetoes. It also asks residents to contact State Representative, Mike Lair, and State Senator, Brad Lager, to vote to support constituents rather than special interests.
In other action, the Council approved 3 ordinances relating to rental housing . 1 of them adds a new requirement that, effective October 1st of this year, the Code Enforcement Officer is to keep a registry of all rental properties in Trenton. Owners of rental housing are to provide the code enforcement officer with their name, address, and address of each rental property. The ordinance was approved by all 7 councilmen attending the meeting. The only member of the general public to speak against that provision
Was a landlord, the Rev. Bob Morgans.
The council, by a margin of 6 in favor and 1 opposed, approved fees for rental housing occupancy permits. Councilman Mark Robinson voted no.
All 7 members of the Council attending the meeting approved an ordinance involving the process of dealing with rental housing complaints and the associated fees. Mayor McHargue, and Rev. Morgans, expressed concerns abut the complaint process. Rev. Morgans also expressed concerns about the associated costs.
Trenton Fire Chief, Rick Morris, said 70% of fires in Trenton are at rental properties. He said the goal is to keep occupants safe. He also noted firefighters are put at risk when they respond to fires. Fire Chief Morris also indicated the rental housing requirements are not trying to cause landlords problems.
The Trenton Council, by a 7 to nothing vote, approved an administrative consent order involving the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The City received a DNR violation notice saying Trenton did not do an asbestos inspection on some power-plant engines torn apart and salvaged last year. Included is a $2,000 penalty that's to be suspended if there are no other violations during a 2 year period.
The Trenton Council, by a margin of 5 to 2, agreed to have an ordinance drafted for Council consideration. It would allow the Fair Board to sell beer at the fairgrounds
during the North Central Missouri Fair without a need to seek Council permission each year. Councilmen Kenneth Ewing and Jim Bush voted no.
The City Council, by a 7 to nothing vote, approved a bid from Barnes-Baker of Trenton to provide a 2015 Ford police car. The government fleet price is slightly over $23,000. It was the only bid received. The car is to be leased-to-own at a charge of $8,100 a year for 3 years. The police interceptor vehicle is to be built according to the City's specifications. It's expected to be delivered by the end of August. That will depend on when the City places the order.
The Trenton Council voted to have its Administrative Committee consider whether to allow variances to a City ordinance which limits fireworks displays to July 4th. This comes after Trenton Cinema had fireworks prior to July 4th. The discussion on the topic at last night's City Council meeting was requested by Councilman Jim Bush, who owns Trenton Cinema. Councilman Mark Robinson indicated he received complaints from 3 to 4 people regarding those fireworks. Police Chief, Tommy Wright, said the police department received some calls, but he did not know how many. Bush said he did not receive any calls.
Among various topics discussed by Trenton Community Development Director Boots indicated the public has expressed a lot more pro than con regarding whether Trenton should pursue a Walmart store. The City Council, during its June 23rd meeting, directed Boots to contact Walmart to encourage it to consider placing a store at trenton. Boots last night did not give details on where that process stands.
Meanwhile, regarding Economic Development efforts in general, Boots said he's been keeping busy and hopes to make an announcement soon.
Mayor Nick McHargue indicated he's generally not in favor of raising taxes. However, Dr. McHargue did voice support for the Grundy County use tax on the ballot August 5th. He noted money from the tax is to go towards 911 emergency telephone system expenses and township roads.
The Mayor also mentioned a majority of the County's tax revenue is produced in Trenton. Dr. McHargue questioned what services Trenton residents are getting from the County.
Police Chief, Tommy Wright, among various comments, said the number of nuisances worked by the police department this year already has passed last year by around 30.
Wright said the police department is assuming Chili Cookoff responsibilities from the Trenton Chamber of Commerce, although the Chamber still will be involved. The Chili Cookoff is October 4th. Chief Wright also discussed pie competition. Wright reminded the public that unwanted medications can be left at the Law Enforcement Center. There's a container in the entryway for that purpose.
City Administrator, Kerry Sampson, said the Missouri Department of Transportation is to again look at the Highway 65 and 28th Street intersection----the site of several accidents. MoDOT is to determine what can be done about that intersection.
Sampson talked about improvements to be done to Trenton Heights Apartments on Lord Street. He said around $40,000 is to be spent on each apartment. Sampson indicated improvements made will be taxable.
The City was to contact Modine and Nestle to determine a plan for more work at an old City landfill. This comes after a recent Department of Natural Resources inspection. Some ruts have been caused by all terrain vehicles in that areaâ€”even though they are not supposed be on that land.
MoDOT is to be asked to put up signs at Trenton noting large trucks should not use Jake brakes in Trenton.
Building Inspector, Donnie Vandevender, mentioned construction work at the Lamplighter Apartments site and a security fence being installed at Eastview Manor.
Trenton Chamber of Commerce President, Debbie Carman, thanked those making donations for a community fireworks display July 4th. She also noted the Trenton Republican Times will be recognized Friday for its 150th anniversary. There's a coffee that morning from 7:30 until 9 o'clock.
City Attorney, Tara Walker, gave an annual presentation on ways to reduce the chance for liability issues. She also talked about Missouri law regarding open meetings. Among her recommendations to the Council was to be professional.