A wire harness assembly company is considering Trenton for a plant.
Trenton Community Development Director, Ralph Boots, last night, told the City Council that Trenton is among 2 communities being considered by the company for a plant which would employ 75 people initially. That number eventually could double.
The company is seeking a supervisor/manager to oversee the plant start-up. Boots said he believes the company would locate at Trenton if the right candidate is found.
An advertisement for the position says the ideal candidate is to have prior management experience in a fast-paced, labor intensive manufacturing or assembly environment. Experience with a start-up operation is considered a huge plus. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills are required.
Initial responsibilities involve site preparation and start-up activities followed by recruitment of staff and labor. Focus and attention then moves to production, productivity, and continuous improvement efforts.
The advertisement seeking the supervisor/manager calls the position a great opportunity for an individual with a strong work ethic and demonstrated ability to get things done.
Resumes should be sent to Trenton Community Development Director, Ralph Boots, at Trenton City Hall. Boots also can be contacted at City Hall.
Boots indicated the company likes a location at Trenton, has been to the community twice, and is expected come again.
The Community Developer also noted the City Council's Economic Development Committee is to hold a meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) at Noon.
A proposed project to replace poles on a Trenton Municipal Utilities transmission line was discussed again at last night's Trenton City Council meeting. The Council, during its August 11th meeting, rejected an agreement with RS Electric Utility Services of St. Joseph for construction work to replace existing wood poles with concrete ones for a transmission line to the north substation. The company was to be paid $224,000 for the work. An ordinance to approve the agreement was defeated 5 to 2 during the August 11th meeting. Only Councilmen Jim Bush and Allan Quilty voted in favor. Travis Elbert was absent.
The Trenton Board of Public Works had approved the agreement last month and sent it to the City Council. The Board of Public Works also had approved bids from 2 other companies to provide the poles and materials for the project at a combined cost of more than $128,000.
After considerable discussion last night involving the City Council, members of the Trenton Board of Public Works, and TMU personnel, an ordinance for the construction work is expected to be back on the agenda for the Council to re-consider at its next meeting.
The materials for the work have not been ordered yet.
The pole replacement project was scheduled to be funded via previously-approved Certificates of Participation. Information was presented to the City Council regarding the financing. It came in a letter from Charles Zitnik of D.A. Davidson Company to TMU Director, Chad Davis. Zitnik noted the pole replacement project was a significant part of the Certificate of Participation issue---and also part of the annual budget. After outlining what could be done regarding the Certificates of Participation, Zitnik wrote the option should be viewed as a last resort.
City Councilman, Kenneth Ewing, said the Council should have been provided more information at the last Council meeting. He said it would have made a difference.
Board of Public Works meetings are open to the public. The Council also has 2 members who are liaisons to the Board of Public Works---Mark Moore and Travis Elbert.
Another topic before the Trenton Council last night was the possible closing of a railroad crossing at Crane Lane at the north edge of Trenton. It's one of the crossings being discussed for possible closure as a condition for Union Pacific Railroad helping to fund the replacement of the 17th Street bridge at Trenton.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is to pay for most of the project. Farmers, Richard Key and Kenny Roberts talked about a need to have bridges and other crossings wide enough for farm equipment to be able to use them. Neither person voiced opposition to closing the Crane Lane crossing. There's another crossing to the north â€“which was described as needing improvements to get farm equipment over it.
There also was brief discussion, initiated by the public, regarding TMU employees taking TMU vehicles home with them. City Administrator, Kerry Sampson, said it's so
those persons can go directly to any emergencies that may occur. 3 employees take TMU vehicles home.
Potential contractors to demolish structures at Trenton are to be taken on a tour of 11 properties selected by the Building and Nuisance Board as possible demolition projects depending on the bidded costs. The contractors are to meet at Trenton City Hall tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 9 o'clock.
The potential contractors are to submit bids on how much they would charge to remove the structures. Bids are due September 15th.
The City is to pay up to $1,750 at each location. The property owner is responsible for the remainder. The City has $20,000 available for the demolition work.
Persons not on the list to receive City financial assistance for demolition costs, also can get their properties taken down while the contractor or contractors are working in Trenton. Although they are responsible for all the costs, having the work done while the contractor or contractors are in town is expected to save them money. Those persons are encouraged to contact Building Inspector, Donnie Vandevender, at Trenton City Hall.
In other news, Trenton Fire Chief, Rick Morris, has credited inspections done by Vandevender as playing a part in a reduction of structural fires this year at Trenton. Morris said they're down 28%.
Morris also talked about a method to determine maximum occupancy allowed for businesses. The determination is based, in part, on how many accessible exits are at the business.
Police Chief, Tommy Wright, talked about a Citizens Academy on Tuesday nights September 23rd through October 28th. The hours are from 7 until 9 o'clock. The program can have up to 15 participants. There currently are 7.
Participants will learn about police operations, and can ride along. Persons interested in participating are asked to contact Trenton Police Chief, Tommy Wright.
Chief Wright was asked by Mayor, Nick McHargue, when the next defense class for women would be held. Wright said plans call for a class next spring.
City Administrator, Kerry Sampsons, said the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is to have a tire collection event behind the fire station September 27th.
The North Missouri Solid Waste Management District is to offer a collection of household hazardous waste, tires, and other items October 11th at the former Maggie's Mess location at Trenton. More details are to be announced later on those.
In action items, the Trenton City Council set the City property tax levy at nearly $1.08 on the $100 dollars of assessed valuation. That's up about 4 cents on the $100 compared to last year when there was a higher assessed valuation than this year.
The Council also approved an ordinance to renew an agreement for Grundy County to collect property taxes for the City of Trenton. To compensate the County for providing computer services, extending tax rates, developing tax bills, additions and corrections, personnel time and supplies, the County is to receive 1.5% of the total real estate and property taxes , and motor vehicle fees to be collected as of November 1st---plus a fee of 7% for the collection of delinquent taxes from the taxpayer. To compensate the County for services provided by the Collector/Treasurer for the collection of taxes , the City is to pay the County 2 1/2% for current taxes and 3% for delinquent taxes.
Both of those votes were unanimous among the 6 councilmen attending the meeting. Mark Moore and Jim Bush were absent.
The Trenton Building and Nuisance Board met prior to the City Council session and took action on several properties regarding declarations of nuisances and Certificates of existence of a Dangerous Building.