Trenton City Council Meeting Report

The Trenton City Council’s finance committee meets several times during preparations for the city budget for the fiscal year beginning May 1st.

That’s also the case this year, with two more meetings announced for Wednesday, February 23, and Friday February 26, both at noon.

Trenton mayor nick McHargue, during last night’s city council meeting, said the city needs to be frugal. He indicated that’s especially true this year with the uncertainty about what the Conagra plant will be doing. The mayor also said some utility rate re-figuring may be necessary depending on what Conagra does.

With city administrator Kerry Sampson retiring may 2nd, Doctor McHargue suggested the council might need to consider city clerk Cindy Simpson and utility director Chad Davis as interim administrators with compensation for the work.

Mrs. Simpson, on Friday, said four applications had been received for the City Administrator’s job. Applications are being accepted until the position is filled. There was no specific number mentioned at last night’s city council meeting, although Doctor McHargue said the city is getting some applications for the position.

In action items, the city council approved personnel policies changes in the city handbook. They involved vacation, sick leave, paid time off, and major medical leave time.

The council approved a bid from Andy Kidd to cash rent farm ground at the north edge of Trenton for 147 dollars an acre. It was the highest of two bids received.

Nearly 46 acres of row crop land is involved.

The council approved a bid from B and B transformer to provide nine transformers at a cost of slightly over 13-thousand dollars. It was low bid among three received. The three different types of transformers are to be used by Trenton Municipal Utilities.

Street Supervisor Martin Schieb said the railroad crossing at Northwest Crane Lane and 40th street will be closed Wednesday, February 23. Schieb also is asking council members to rate proposed street projects to determine priorities for the amount of money available.

Among his report, Police Chief Tommy Wright said there are 28 participants for Saturday’s self defense and survival awareness seminar for women.

Fire Chief Rick Morris said the department’s ladder truck is back in service following repairs, but has hydraulic lines that he described as very old. Morris indicated they’re expected to eventually go out.

Trenton Fire Marshal Robert Romesburg gave a report on fire department inspections of residential rental and non-residential properties.

Safety hazards have been found in both. Occupancy permits are issued for the rental properties when they’re approved. Lieutenant Romesburg said, in most cases, businesses have worked well with the fire department, although legal steps are an option if necessary.

Romesburg also talked about cadet fire fighters attending the city council meeting.

A large number of Boy Scouts attended the meeting. One of them, Logan Trickel, read a statement about scouts and a 100th anniversary. Mayor Nick McHargue signed a

Scout-related proclamation.

City Administrator Kerry Sampson complimented Lieutenant Romesburg for providing CPR training for city employees.

Among his report, Community Development Director Ralph Boots said a Trenton 2020 meeting is to be held the night of March 8th, at 6 o’clock in the Sugg Room at the

Ketcham Community Center. He mentioned a program is to be unveiled there.

The council met in closed session last night for real estate and personnel.