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By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher

 

The cleanup of nuisance and problem properties continues in the City of Trenton as evidenced by last week’s Trenton City Commission meeting.

Two bids were opened at the meeting to cleanup a property on Glenwood Drive. The low bid went to Mike Lawson for $1,200 and was approved by the council pending review of the bid to make sure it meets the work required.

Part of last month financial shortfall was the $2,700 spent to clean up another property and was included in the February budget.

February’s net loss of $66,000 was covered by a Georgia Power franchise check of $222,366. Some of the extra expenses for February included much higher than usual fuel cost and payments for worker’s compensation insurance and liability insurance.

Fire and Utilities Commissioner Tommy Lawson reported the sewer department had one minor line repair, six sewer calls and performed 23 underground locates during the month of February.

The Trenton Fire Department responded to 15 fire calls and 80 medical and rescue calls during February.

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Terry Powell reported that a lot of work had been done at Jenkins Park including painting picnic tables, adding gravel to walking areas, installing fans in the Civic Center and getting the sign up for the center.

He also reported the ball fields are in good shape and thanked everyone for their hard work. He also thanked the Trenton Police Department for doing a little extra to make sure the park is safe.

Police Commissioner Sandra Gray reported that the police department responded to 183 calls, took 16 incident reports, worked 14 traffic accidents, made 84 arrests and issued 96 citations. The department collected $12,359.40 in fines in February.

Mayor Anthony Emmanuel gave the Street Department report. He said the department was working hard to keep the streets in good shape during heavy rain and some snow and ice issues. He reported that the department only has two employees and they have been working hard to keep streets open.

The Commission approved the appointments of members to the Industrial Development Board. Those appointed were Barry Page, Nathan Wooten and Dora Crisp.

Various reports were made to the Commission from different organizations including Tree City and the Dade County Public Library.


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