The Trenton City Council held a regular meeting on Monday evening, August 12. Here are details of the meeting.
The Trenton City Council vote, in June, to allow beer sales at this years North Central Missouri Fair grandstand attractions continues to draw reaction.
During a city council meeting June 24, four councilmen voted yes, two no, on the request by the fair board to allow beer sales at the grandstand area during this year's fair.
Since that vote, the council has held two meetings, July 8th and last night. In both meetings, the two councilmen voting against the beer sales request, Jim Bush and Kenneth Ewing, indicated they've received complaints from persons opposed to allowing the beer.
Bush last night also noted the fair board request for the beer sales was not presented to the park board. However, city attorney Tara Walker said there's no requirement for the park board to be consulted on that matter.
Later in the meeting, Tenth Street Baptist Church Minister Ron Ratliff was recognized to speak. Reverend Ratliff, speaking softly, expressed concern about allowing beer at the fair and asked the council to reconsider when dealing with any future request. He also indicated several hundred persons have signed a petition in that regard. No petition was presented to the council during his remarks.
Reverend Ratliff described alcohol and drugs as a big deal in the community, and, indicated the council allowing alcohol at the fair adds to the problem.
Councilman Chuck Elliott said people have taken alcohol to the fairgrounds in the past, so now there's a means to have control over it. He was referring to security efforts at the fair.
Councilman Mark Robinson suggested beer confiscated at this year's fair would not have been caught in past years.
Councilman Bush expressed concern that someone could leave the city property drunk and be a hazard.
Councilman Jacob Black said the fair board desperately needed money for the fair to survive when it requested to have beer sales. He suggested a public vote on whether to allow alcohol.
Mayor Nick McHargue noted people do vote when they hold elections in April for council members and the Mayor to represent them.
Trenton Police Lieutenant Rex Ross, when questioned, said there were no alcohol incidents at the fair.
Earlier in the meeting, councilman Black suggested he was impressed by the size of the crowds at the fair. He thanked the fair board and others who helped with this years event.
In action items, the Trenton City Council approved an ordinance amending fireworks regulations. It allows the city to refuse, for five years, to issue a license or permit to any person or company employing a person who has pled, or been found guilty of violating the fireworks regulations.
The council approved an ordinance authorizing the city to purchase the Trenton R-9 bus barn property for twenty five thousand dollars. Ten thousand dollars of that is due at the closing, with the remainder one year after the closing. The closing is expected by September 1st, if not sooner.
Fire Chief Rick Morris said the building is in pretty good shape. An agreement for the city to purchase the property was announced last month. The ordinance makes the agreement official.
The council approved a property tax rate of one dollar four cents on the one hundred dollars of assessed valuation, based on a formula from the state auditors office. Nearly eighty eight cents on the one hundred dollars will go to general revenue, and slightly over sixteen cents on the one hundred dollars to the parks fund. The tax rate is the same as last year.
The Trenton council approved an ordinance to change the zoning at 80 South Main from open space to one and two family lower density. It allows a carport to be located at that address. The Trenton Planning and Zoning Commission previously had approved a request from Cheri Burchett for the zoning change and forwarded the request to the city council for it's consideration.
The city did not have any bids for asphalt millings it had for sale. The city wanted to sell the millings in a minimum quantities of five hundred ton increments, with a minimum bid at eight dollars a ton. Street Supervisor, Larry Griffin said a person expressed interest in purchasing one hundred tons. He noted the street department would load the millings at one dollar a ton. The asphalt millings came from city streets.
City Administrator Kerry Sampson said a community attitude survey is to be conducted this fall. It's to get public thoughts on various topics. Sampson mentioned the last survey was conducted in 2009. He said the cost was minimal since scouts distributed and collected the surveys.
Councilman Mark Robinson and City Administrator Sampson said lighting is to be installed in the area of the airport entrance road, although it's has not been determined who would pay the cost. The city and the Missouri Department of Transportation have been in discussions regarding the lighting.
Fire Chief Rick Morris reminded the public that only yard waste can be burned. He noted someone who was burning construction debris had the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to deal with.
Building Inspector Donnie Vandevender said occupation licenses were to have been purchased by July 1, but, some persons have not done so. He said among those required to have an occupation license are persons with five or more rentals.
Persons interested in participating in Leadership Trenton are asked to contact Trenton Community Development Director Ralph Boots at city hall. The program is expected to begin in late September or early October.
Street Supervisor Larry Griffin said it's expected to be mid to late October before this years street program is completed. He also discussed equipment needs at the asphalt plant. The estimated cost is fourteen thousand dollars to eighteen thousand dollars.
Trenton Municipal Utilities Director Chad Davis said construction at the water plant area is on schedule. That's the project to reduce Tri-Halomethane in the drinking water.
Parks Superintendent Jason Shuler said a contractor has completed work on Mark Griffin Memorial Ball field. Now it's a matter of waiting for the grass to grow. The grass is being grown from seed.
Work on the dugouts and scorekeepers area is to be done when blocks arrive. A Kansas City area manufacturer still has to make the block.
Delays in the Griffin Field project means the field will not be available for most, if not all of this falls ball season. As a result, it was noted North Central Missouri College will move it's high school softball tournament from Trenton to Cameron this year.
Councilman Jacob Black said that means a loss of revenue for Trenton from those teams and their fans. Park Board member Gary Berry attributed the delays to the weather and the contractor being elsewhere when there were suitable working conditions at Trenton.
Park Superintendent Shuler said Trenton needs a ball field complex. He said the community is missing out on tournaments because it does not have the facilities.
In other notes, the public was reminded Trenton residents can take limbs and brush to the Trenton Street Department for disposal weekdays from 7 until 3. That does not include businesses.
Street Supervisor Griffin expressed concern people making, what he called a good living hauling brush for other persons, are disposing it at the street department. Griffin said they should have a business license.
With the current residential trash hauling service expiring at the end of this year, Councilman Black asked for yard waste collection and debris removal to be included in the bid process. Mayor McHargue said that's something the council's administrative committee should consider.
The council also held a closed session regarding real estate.