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News : Trenton City Council Preview Of Tonight's Meeting; Beer Sales Continue To Be Controversial At Fair
Posted by Randy on 2014/7/28 10:20:00 (470 reads) News by the same author

The Trenton City Council agenda for a meeting Monday night includes an ordinance that would amend city law prohibiting persons from drinking alcoholic beverages or beer, or having an open container of alcoholic beverage or beer in public places.
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The exception would be the fenced in grandstand event area at the fairgrounds during the North Central Missouri Fair.

The Trenton City Council, during its July 14th meeting, voted 5 to 2 to have an ordinance prepared that 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 Jim Bush and Kenneth Ewing voted no. Alan Quilty was absent. The ordinance being considered Monday night by the City Council is the result of the July 14th vote.

Since then, Bush has paid for a flyer, in which several ministers and other faith based directors ask Trenton citizens to contact their councilmen and Mayor Nick McHargue to tell them how they want to be represented through their votes on the issue. The flyer notes, this past year the City Council waived the restriction on selling alcoholic beverages at the North Central Missouri Fair grandstand events, and this coming Monday night, the Council will vote to give authority to the Fair Board—whose members are not elected by citizen vote, to decide if alcoholic beverages can be sold during future fairs.

The ministers and faith based directors say they believe the action, if approved, will remove the responsibility from the City Council, and thus make it easier to expand the sale of alcoholic beverages at fairs. Among other remarks, they say they believe problems that inevitably will come as the result of such sales will exceed any of the perceived benefits. They also say they believe permitting the sale of alcoholic beverages on public city property anytime will growingly work against the purpose of funding public safety.

The persons on the flyer also says councilmen should maintain authority on this matter and should uphold the restrictions they say wisely have been instituted by past authorities.

The flyer asks Trenton residents to contact their councilmen and Mayor McHargue by Monday and/or attend the City Council meeting Monday night at 7 o'clock at City Hall.

The Trenton City Council, in June of last year, approved a request by the North Central Missouri Fair Board to allow beer to be sold in the grandstands area during last year's fair. The vote was 4 in favor, 2 opposed, and there were 2 councilmen absent.

Fair Board President, Rick Hull, last year, had explained the request was made to create more money for the fair. He also stated a desire to keep the fair alive. He indicated, if the beer sales did not generate more funds, another request was not expected to be made for beer sales.

The Trenton Council, in March of this year, approved a North Central Missouri Fair Board request to allow beer to be sold in the grandstand area during and the weekend before this year's fair. The vote was 5 in favor, Councilmen Jim Bush and Kenneth Ewing opposed, and Larry Huffstutter absent.

Fair Board President, Rick Hull, mentioned a desire to expand the fair activities to the weekend prior to the traditional start of the fair. Hull also talked about increased crowds and profits at last year's fair, and an increase in the Fair Board's bank account. He said the Fair had a $16,000 profit last year, and the Fair Board's bank account was increased to $40,000. Part of the success of last year's fair was attributed to good weather conditions.

During that City Council meeting in March of this year, Trenton Police Chief, Tommy Wright, said there were no arrests, warnings, or citations attributed to beer at the grandstands last year.

The past votes to allow the sale of beer at the grandstand area during fair time technically have been a suspension of the City's open container ordinance.

The Trenton City Council agenda for this coming Monday night, in addition to the ordinance amending the open container law, includes other topics.

Among them is a proposal to amend an ordinance dealing with speed limits in Trenton. It would reduce the speed limit on Highway 65 through Trenton to 45 miles an hour.

The Council is to consider a resolution supporting efforts of Trenton Grundy County LP to obtain financing through the Missouri Housing Development Commission to rehabilitate 40 units at Trenton Heights Apartments on Lord Street in Trenton.

Also on the agenda are discussion of a hiring freeze, approval of an airport grant, and a request by Mayor Nick McHargue for Ian and Ali Gray citizenship support.

The Trenton Council is to hold a closed session for personnel and real estate.

The Trenton City Council meeting is Monday night at 7 o'clock at City Hall.

The Trenton Building and Nuisance Board meets Monday night at at 6 o'clock at City Hall. The agenda shows public hearings on declared nuisances at 427 West 13th Street, 506 Grundy, and 1214 Shanklin; declaration of nuisances at 615 West Fourth Street, 702 East 5th Street, and 905 Rural; and a certificate of existence of a dangerous building at 119 Kavanaugh, 431 West 13th Street, and 3915 Oklahoma Avenue; Demolition projects during this fiscal year; and updates on structures of concern and nuisances.

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