Trenton City Council adopts ordinances relating to work at airport

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The Trenton City Council on Monday night adopted two ordinances related to proposed work at the municipal airport. Also approved was a bid and contract regarding lime sludge at the water treatment plant. Each vote was unanimous among the six councilmen present at city hall and one on zoom with Kevin Klinginsmith absent.

The council accepted an amendment to the state block grant agreement allowing the city of Trenton to receive additional funds for an airport project. The amount is for $731,000 which is on top of the previous grant from last year of $157,500.  According to Olsson engineering, the money can go toward paving the taxi lanes, grading the site for a potential T-hanger, associated design and bidding, administration, and supervision. The estimated cost is $1, 076,000. The city’s local share is a small portion of the total costs at $90,977.  Diane Hofer of Olsson Engineering told the council that’s it’s a great deal for Trenton. The council then accepted a contract for Phillips Hardy Incorporated of Columbia to pave the taxi lanes and grade the T-hanger site at a cost of $802,696. City Administrator

Ron Urton said a letter will be sent to the Department of Transportation noting Trenton’s intention to award the aviation project bid, pending acceptance by MoDOT officials.  Urton said the proposed site is to include enough dirt fill to raise it by four feet.

The other bidder last month on the taxi lane and grading project was Ideker of St. Joseph which had submitted a bid that was $67,000 more than the one from Phillips Hardy.

Approval was given to Customized Environmental Solutions doing business as Telum for work at the water treatment plant to remove and transport lime sludge and dispose of it in area fields. The company submitted the low bid of $43.28 per dry ton for up to 1,500 dry tons. Urton noted since the city has additional money budgeted for the lime sludge, it could increase the amount removed at the rate of $41.50 per dry ton.

Two purchases came in under budget. CSI Overhead Doors of Trenton will provide and install five bay doors at the street department garage for $12,500. A chat spreader for the street department will be purchased for $11,661 from the American Equipment Company.

It was reported Trenton’s asphalt plant has produced 23,020 tons and sold 21,073 of asphalt. The final operation for the season is next week.

The council, on a split vote favoring the motion, approved for the Mayor to sign a memorandum of understanding with Wright Memorial Hospital. Chief Executive Steve Schieber, speaking via Zoom, told the council the legal document is needed to show the city’s support in efforts by Wright Memorial to qualify for a pharmaceutical pricing program for the indigent, uninsured, or underinsured population of Trenton.

Mayor Linda Crooks made two appointments with council consent that included Derek Miller to the Trenton Park Board and Karen Glenn to the Building and Nuisance Board.

City administrator Ron Urton announced the city’s insurance carrier, MIRMA, has provided a $1,500 grant to replace four body cameras for use by Trenton Police.

The council also met in executive session last night for legal and real estate.