The Trenton City Council last night briefly discussed whether to seek financial assistance from other taxing entities to help pay for the cost of economic development efforts currently funded by the City of Trenton.
City Clerk Cindy Simpson, after the meeting, said Councilmen Mark Robinson and Larry Huffstutter, and Mayor Nick McHargue requested the discussion.
Robinson was the most vocal, suggesting each taxing entity should be asked for help, since they benefit from economic development created by the City. An example given was tax money generated because of Rapid Removal locating at Trenton and future expansion plans.
Councilman Jacob Black voiced opposition to asking schools for financial help---saying schools should dedicate their funds for kids. However, Black was open to having the County help.
Earlier in the discussion regarding funding for economic development efforts, Presiding Grundy County Commissioner, Rick Hull, suggested the City should meet with commissioners regarding the topic.
In addition to the City of Trenton funding various economic development efforts, Councilman Jim Bush mentioned the value of the 10 acres of land the City is giving
Rapid Removal to locate a transfer station there is $30,000 to $40,000. The transfer station is to be built after Rapid Removal receives approval from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
No vote was taken by the council regarding economic development funding.
Hull attended the meeting because a vacant lot owned by the County at 6th and Washington, near the Law Enforcement Center, was on the City Council agenda. The lot was on the agenda because of a request to change the zoning from 1and 2 family dwelling lower density to mixed use. Hull said construction is planned there---although he did not give details. Hull was told the lot needs mowing.
The Council approved ordinances to change the zoning for that property and several other lots we detailed on earlier newscasts. All but one of those changes were from 1 and 2 family dwelling lower density to mixed use to reflect the actual use of the properties. Each was recommended for the changes by the Trenton Planning and Zoning Commission.
Each ordinance was unanimously approved by the City Council---although Jacob Black abstained regarding properties belonging to Gary and Meredith Black.
The Council also approved a zoning change on land along northwest 10th Avenue the City is giving Rapid Removal Disposal for a transfer station to be built there. The zoning change is from open space to heavy industry. The action was recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The City Council approved an ordinance to vacate a portion of Park Lane that's not used as a street. The property is nearly 281 feet long and 50 feet wide. The land goes to adjacent property owners Steve Richman and Jim Bush. City Clerk Cindy Simpson last week told KTTN Richman requested the action. The Council vote was 7 in favor and Jim Bush abstaining.
The Council approved an agreement for Nutri-Ject Systems of Hudson, Iowa, to remove and dispose of lime sludge from the water treatment plant area. The Trenton Board of
Public Works, late last month, approved a bid from Nutri-Ject to do that work at a cost of nearly $95,000.
The City Council approved a bid from Barnes Baker to provide 2 Ford Taurus Interceptor cars for the Police Department. Each car is to be leased at a cost of
slightly over $23,000 to be paid during a 3 year period. The cars can be purchased for $1. at the end of the 3 year period, or some other arrangement could be made. The bid was $87. more than the low bid from a St. Louis area dealerâ€”McMahon Ford.
U-S Bancorp is to provide financing for the lease at an interest rate of 2.2% for 3 years. That's a cost of more than $16,000. The bid was the lowest of 2 received. It was
approved by the City Council.
The 2 cars are to replace 2 existing police vehicles. One of the existing vehicles has about 150,000 miles and the other around 140,000 miles. City Administrator, Kerry Sampson, indicated those vehicles could be sold to the public.
The Trenton Council approved a bid from F-C Industries for a portable evidence incinerator for the Police Department. The cost is $4600. Mayor McHargue vetoed the Council action, but the Council then unanimously overrode the veto. It was the only bid for the incinerator.
The Council approved a bid from Norris Quarries for asphalt rock. The cost is $12.50 a ton. That's 10 cents a ton more than last year. It was the only bid received. The Council approved a bid from Stoner Sand of Mt. Moriah to provide asphalt sand at $6.25a ton. It was the lowest of 2 bids received. The City does the hauling.
Hope Haven Recycling Manager, Adam Reeter, gave a brief report showing 270 tons of recyclables were collected in the past year. That's up about 10 tons, compared to the year before. Reeter apologized for blowing trash. He indicated the matter would be addressed. Earlier in the meeting, Mayor McHargue had expressed frustration about
blowing trash attributed to Hope Haven---and suggested he'd seek a littering fine. Police Chief, Tommy Wright, said efforts will be sought to abate the problem or seek enforcement.
Trenton Fire Chief, Rick Morris, thanked the public for respecting the burning ban in Trenton because of the dry conditions.
Street Department Supervisor, Larry Griffin, said an overlay project on Iowa Boulevard tentatively, could take place next week. The project for Trenton Township was to have been this week, but was postponed when an asphalt paver broke down. The Street Department also has spot roadwork elsewhere in Trenton remaining to be done.
Councilman Robinson said a good meeting was held recently with Missouri Department of Transportation. Robinson has been working towards the replacement of the 17th Street bridge and better lighting in the airport area eastward along Highway 6.
City Clerk Simpson said preparations are underway to seek trash hauling and recycling bids. She indicated it's possible a 5 year contract could be sought instead of the current 3 year arrangement.
City Administrator, Kerry Sampson, said a date tentatively has been set to collect such things as household hazardous waste and tires---among others. The tentative date is
October 12th from 9 until Noon at the Solid Waste District Facility on 7th Street.
Mayor McHargue thanked members of Dockery and Hatton Chapel United Methodist Churches, and other volunteers, for community service work they did on Sunday. Doctor McHargue repeated remarks he's made in the past suggesting the City should consider providing money to purchase paint for persons wishing to do community service work. Councilman Kenneth Ewing noted other faith based groups also have done community service projects at Trenton in the past.
Mayor McHargue encouraged the public to water their trees and foundations to prevent damage from the drought. He indicated a person could water for 3 hours at a cost of about $4.
City sales tax receipts for the first 5 months of the fiscal year are running ahead of last year during the same period. Sales tax receipts for general purposes are up nearly $7800. Income for capital projects is up $4,000 and receipts for parks are up $1500.