The Trenton Building and Nuisance Board last night approved nuisance declarations on seven properties.
Those at 506 West 13th court, 914 East 17th Street, and 10-01 Custer were before the board for a second hearing. After the meeting, building inspector Donnie Vandevender explained the board's action on those three properties was to condemn them.
Ed Duke of the state of California was listed as the owner of the properties at 506 West 13th Court and 10-01 Custer. Former Trenton resident Steve Collins of the state of Nebraska was listed as the owner the structure at 914 East 17th Street.
Properties at 915 Kumler owned by Ed duke of California, 910 Olive owned by Tommy Graham of Trenton, 907 East 9th Street owned by Damon Buss of Trenton, and 728 West 11th Street owned by Blunton Thompson of Chicago are required to have improvements made within 21 days or the owners will need to attend a building and nuisance board meeting to discuss the properties.
Two contractors have been involved in tearing down structures at Trenton in the current round of demolition projects partially funded with a community development block grant through the state. The city of Trenton and the property owners also pay a portion of the demolition costs.
Since this round of demolition projects marks the end of the grant money, future demolition projects will need to be funded locally. Trenton is not expected to become eligible for another state demolition grant anytime soon. Building inspector Vandevender has been asked to prioritize structures already on a demolition waiting list and new buildings added through the condemnation process. The most unsafe structures are to be placed at the top of the list.
Owners who have participated in the demolition grant program have been asked to pay a portion of the costs. Owners who have properties on the waiting list for demolition also will be asked to pay a portion of the demolition costs.
The City of Trenton budgeted 40-thousand dollars for demolition work this fiscal year with part of that to be used with the demolition block grant program. The exact amount of city funds remaining after the block grant projects has not been determined yet. However, City Clerk Cindy Simpson indicated at least 20-thousand dollars should be available.
The two contractors currently demolishing structures at Trenton in the community development block grant program were the only two bidders for the work they're performing. They'll also be asked to bid on the waiting list and condemned structures. That will allow Trenton officials to determine which structures can be removed with available funds.
Should the city have to remove a condemned structure, a lien can be placed on the property if the owner does not pay The costs.
In addition to removing structures, some properties require additional expenses to get rid of asbestos. City Administrator Kerry Sampson mentioned asbestos removal sometimes can cost as much as the demolition work.
The City of Trenton has had 11-hundred dollars in mowing expenses on lots where the property owner did not cut the grass resulting in nuisance and safety issues. Sampson noted the property owners could not be located. He indicated at least some of them are from out of state. If they don't pay for the mowing expenses, a lien can be placed on their property.
The building and nuisance board also talked about several other properties of concern.
Trenton Police Chief Tommy Wright told the Building and Nuisance Board, and later the city council, The police department already has had 127 nuisance enforcements this year. He anticipates similar numbers for a couple of years until people change the way they view their property. Sixty-two of this year's enforcements deal with grass, 52 trash, ten involve vehicles, two housing, and one animal nuisance.
The 127 nuisance enforcements this year already is considerably higher than in the years 2003, 2004, and 2005. Wright said 2005 was the last year of police department did
nuisance enforcements. There were 54 in 2005, 111 in 2004, and 61 in 2003.
Wright said a lot of time has been spent with building inspector and code officer Vandevender, City Attorney Tara Walker, and City Administrator Kerry Sampson
In other topics, Mayor Nick McHargue linked complaints of odor and black water in ditches to a malfunction at Conagra over the weekend. Trenton Municipal Utilities
Director Chad Davis said there was no leakage from TMU sanitary sewers.
In separate discussion, Davis said a cover at a TMU water treatment basin has allowed a significant drop in chlorine usage. As a result, trihalomethane levels are expected to drop during testing this fall.
The Trenton City Council approved an ordinance relating to a state requirement which takes effect Wednesday. It adds a three dollar surcharge to Municipal court costs for a sheriff's retirement fund when there's a guilty plea or found guilty judgment The three dollar fee already has been collected for several years at the circuit court level. City Attorney Tara Walker recommended the council approve the ordinance to avoid being held liable. All seven Trenton councilmen in attendance last night voted in favor of the ordinance. Jim Bush was absent.
It was mentioned a challenge to the three dollar fee was made elsewhere in the state.
It's possible work to replace the 17th street bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks could begin as early as 2015. That's according to councilman Mark Robinson who said a lot of work is to be done before then. He anticipates Union Pacific and the Missouri Department of Transportation be involved in the funding.
City administrator Sampson said the railroad wants the Mable street crossing and two outside Trenton to be closed.
Meanwhile, councilman chuck Elliott expressed thanks for money being spent in the community by workers making improvements to union pacific railroad track in this area.
City Administrator Sampson and councilman Robinson talked about a need for more lighting in the airport area. Robinson also mentioned there's a need for more lighting east of the airport along highway 6.
Building inspector and code officer Vandever mentioned remodeling plans at Kentucky Fried Chicken, a planned expansion at McDonald's, and improvements to the building that soon will house the Family Dollar store. He also said there were several building permits at Trenton
Vandevender reminded Trenton residents they can take brush to the street department's maintenance facilities On weekdays from 7 until 3 o'clock.
Police Chief Tommy Wright mentioned the police department's Citizens Academy begins tonight.
Economic developer Ralph Boots said a Leadership Trenton program starts October 15th. There'll be a kickoff banquet that night from 6 until 8 o'clock at the Barton Campus. More than a dozen program dates are planned during the months of October through January before graduation takes place on January 28th. Additional information is available from Ralph boots at Trenton City Hall.
Mayor McHargue thanked city councilman Travis Elbert and his son Truman for painting fire hydrants for an eagle scout project.
The Trenton Council held a closed session last night regarding legal and real estate matters.