By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
City Council opened its first meeting of 2014 with the swearing in of two
councilmen and City Clerk.
Emanuel handled the duties of swearing in Lucretia Houts for another term as
handled the duties of swearing in Sandra Gray, Police Commissioner and Terry
Powell, Parks and Recreation Commissioner. All three had been elected in the
A vacancy still
remains for Streets Commission with qualifying set for Jan. 27-29 and the
special election on March 18.
started the meeting reporting good news about the City’s finances.
“The thing I
really want of emphasize is we began last year with more than a quarter of a
million dollars in deficits. We were aggressive in budgeting and in cutting
expenses. The challenge was to get the expenses in line with revenue. Revenues
had been declining the past few years.”
reported that the City ended 2013 with a surplus of $70,000 and that all the
sitting commissioners worked hard to maximize the productivity of everyone.
“I cannot be
more proud of the job your standing commissioners did and I look forward to the
New Year,” Emanuel said.
Tommy Lawson and Clerk Lucretia Houts explained why the fire department was the
only department that appeared to have gone over budget during the past year. It
resulted in part to the way certain items are budgeted like the salary and
benefits for Building Inspector Jerry Kyzer.
share his pay. Six months budgeted to the Fire Department and six months to
mentioned by Houts was to budget the salary equally every month between both
departments but it is easier to continue to split it every six months.
Lawson also praised the fire department for the new training center at the
Trenton department where the majority of the work was done by the firemen
themselves. “They have done an excellent job and the new center was something
to be proud of,” Lawson said.
Commissioner Sandra Gray reported that in December the Trenton City Police
Department answered 243 calls, took 13 incident reports, worked eight traffic
accidents, issued 115 citations and collected fines in the amount of $8,911.39.
For the year a total of $109,152.43 in fines were collected.
Tommy Lawson reported that the Trenton City Fire Department responded to 105
calls, 12 in which were fire calls and 93 medical and rescue calls.
department did 31 underground locates, answered seven sewer calls and two
Commissioner Preston Daniels reported his department handled 72 work orders
during the month.
commended the streets department for the job they did on the streets during the
recent bad weather.
Terry Powell reported that this is a slow time for Parks and Recreation but as
soon as they could they would be getting the fields ready for the upcoming ball
season. Powell added they hoped to work on getting the fields to drain better
so they will be ready sooner.
Commissioner Gray recommended hiring Eric Hartline as a full-time police
officer, bringing the total number of City police officers to seven. The Commissioners
unanimously approved the hire.
Commerce Director Chris Musser reported on activities of the Chamber during
December and plans for the upcoming months.
with Tree City thanked the city and Preston Daniels for their support and she
also reported the ordering of trees for Georgia Arbor Day, which will be Feb.
of the Dade County Public Library reported that fundraising efforts so far has
brought in $21,000 of the $23,000 needed to keep the Library open and the group
has until June to raise the remaining money.
reported a lot of activities currently planned for the library and announced
the next meeting of the Library Board would be Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. at the
with the Trenton Arts Council said that the council is busy on several projects
and will have more to report in the coming months.
reminded everyone of the upcoming special election for the position for Streets
Commissioner. Qualifying for the position will be Jan. 27, 28 and 29 with early
voting beginning on Feb. 24 and Election Day will be March 18.
Commissioners also appointed Tommy Lawson as Vice Mayor, Jerry Kyzer as Fire
Chief, Roger Castleberry as Chief of Police and Joel McCormick as Municipal
Ruth Goff and
Wanda Page spoke to the commissioners about the Glenbrook Subdivision.
that the neighborhood has seen an improvement and the City’s efforts are
appreciated very much but one of the properties is a serious problem, that
“It is not only
unsightly, but it is beginning to be dangerous as it deteriorates further,”
Goff said. “We appreciate everything that has been done, we just want an update
on where things are.”
said that barring weather the lot in question would be cleared by the end of