Approximately twenty people attended a Trenton 2020 Community Betterment meeting on Tuesday night, listening to updates on effort done in priority areas identified in 2015.
Those priorties involve organized sports, housing, an events/community center, improving and maintaining community appearance, ad a recognized hotel chain. All of those areas were addressed on Tuesday night, during a meeting lasting more than two hours.
Trenton Community Development Director Ralph Boots added another priority to that list — supporting businesses. Boots introducted Stephanie Williams, the Business Facilitator for the North Central Missouri Business Facilitation. She spoke about the newly-formed non-profit organization, which offers free and confidential business coaching across a six-county area (Grundy, Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, and Harrison).
Trenton Police Chief Tommy Wright and Chamber of Commerce President Debbie Carman discussed programs for volunteers to pickup trash along streets. Mrs. Carman also indicated the Chamber’s Community Calendar feature has been popular.
Scott Blair spoke of efforts from two organizations (Professionals and Leaders Uniting Grundy County and the newly-formed Green Hills Recreation Assocation). Dr. Kevin Harris discussed research into the YMCA or having an independent organization for providing recreation opportunities. He indicated an independent organization would be more feasible at the current time, adding that a Program Director is needed for Trenton.
Boots discussed a variety of topics and there was participation from those in attendance. A topic of concern was the lack of availability and suitability with Trenton’s housing options.
Trenton Fire Department Training Officer Doug Franklin presented a program on the proposed Trenton City Sales Tax, to raise money for training facilities, fire trucks, and equipment.