Trenton City Council Tackles Variety Of Issues At Latest Meeting
Date 2014/2/12 9:49:29 | Topic: News
|The Trenton City Council last night discussed the proposed use of Certificates of Participation as a financing measure for projects in the Waste water and Electric Departments.|
That discussion is to be continued in a special City Council meeting Thursday at Noon at Trenton City Hall.
The discussion was continued until Thursday after councilman, Travis Elbert suggested a different time schedule for the debt payments. Elbert's suggestion is to be analyzed before the council takes a vote.
The Trenton Board of Public Works, on January 29th, approved and sent to the City Council, the use of Certificates of Participation to finance Wastewater and Electric Department projects. The aggregate principal amount is not to exceed $6,250,000.
The Electric Department work involves about $1.3 million in construction costs to upgrade diesel powered generators to comply with federal air quality regulations.
Construction costs for the sewer system projects are estimated around $3.8 million. There also are around $650,000 in interest costs.
The Wastewater Department projects include construction, furnishing, and equipment for a disinfection system and other equipment at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, plus collection improvements in the sewer system.
Councilman Jacob Black questioned when spending for government regulations stops. He noted the City also had to borrow money in 2012 to meet government regulations
on drinking water.
Trenton Municipal Utilities Director, Chad Davis, indicated about ½ of the proposed Wastewater Department spending is for government regulations with the remainder for projects that have been delayed in the past.
Black and Councilman, Kenneth Ewing, described the regulations as politics. Black also criticized Governor Nixon for not taking a stand against them. Black noted Trenton is having to spend money for regulations instead of a firetruck and street paver.
TMU Director Davis mentioned the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is enforcing federal regulations.
The Trenton City Council did not act on another topic on the agenda. An ordinance to clarify long-term parking restrictions for vehicles over 24,000,000 lbs. and trailers has been sent to the Council's Administrative Committee for more work. Complaints have been received regarding trailers.
The Trenton Council last night approved an ordinance authorizing a lease agreement for Andy Kidd of Trenton to cash rent about 87 acres of row crop land at the north edge of Trenton. All 7 councilmen in attendance voted in favor. Chuck Elliott was absent. Last night's vote finalized action taken by the the City Council last month when the Council accepted a bid from Kidd to rent the land for $157 an acre.
The Council approved the reappointment of Gary Schuett to the Police Personnel Board. David Mihalovich was appointed to the Building and Nuisance Board. Both Council votes were 7 in favor and none opposed.
The City Council agenda called for discussion regarding safety concerns about the front entryway at City Hall-----mainly involving workers dealing with the public. That's something discussed in the past without action. However, with the City attempting to find money for various requests for the upcoming budget year, the safety topic has been sent to the Board of Public Works.
In various reports, Street Supervisor, Larry Griffin, said $38,000 to $39,000 has been spent this winter on snow and ice removal and treatment. Griffin said the City has plenty of sand and salt remaining.
Councilman Mark Robinson said a meeting regarding the 17th Street bridge is planned February 20th. The City, Grundy County, Missouri Department of Transportation, and the Union Pacific Railroad are among those expected to have representatives at the meeting.
Community Development Director, Ralph Boots, reported progress is being made towards preventing horse droppings on city streets. Boots has met with representatives of some of the Amish communities who plan to purchase bags. He said they want to do the right thing. Boots also is to talk with other Amish in an attempt to prevent horse manure from being left on Trenton streets. Boots indicated a suggestion was received for signs to be placed on Harris Avenue as a precaution, stating no horse and buggies. Representatives of the ConAgra Foods Plant on Harris Avenue have expressed concerns to the city about horse droppings in the area of the plant.
Councilman, Jim Bush, noted the Amish bring a lot of money to Trenton.
During discussion concerning pedestrians on Harris Avenue outside the ConAgra plant, Police Chief, Tommy Wright, said persons in the crosswalk have the right of way.
On another topic, Chief Wright said 1 application has been received thus far for a police officer vacancy.
Fire Chief, Rick Morris, and Firefighter and Logistic Officer, Robert Romesburg talked about the department's Fire Explorer program for high school age students. Romesburg is a Fire Explorer instructor. The program currently has 12 students---including 2 from Gallatin. 1 of the Explorers, Truman Elbert, spoke and said he wants to be a firefighter when he gets older. 6 of the Fire Explorers attended last night's Trenton City Council meeting. Fire Chief Morris plans to have the other 6 attend a later City Council meeting.
On another topic, City Administrator, Kerry Sampson, was asked about the Community Attitude Survey distributed to some residents last fall. Sampson explained there were not enough returns for the results to be valid.
There also was discussion about a need for a new credit card system for fuel purchases at the airport. The current card system is considered obsolete. It's unknown whether it could be repaired should repairs be necessary. A new system is estimated to cost $10,000 to $12,000.
The City Council's Finance Committee holds another in a series of workshops tonight to develop a City budget for the fiscal year beginning May 1st. The meeting is at 5:30 at Trenton City Hall.