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By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


The regular monthly meeting of the Trenton City Commission was April 14th and newly elected Streets Commissioner Tommy Lowery attended his first meeting since being elected.

His was also one of the first orders of business taken up by the Commission as he requested the hiring for a full time employee for his department.

Lowery pointed out that the position had been approved earlier and that a person had been selected through the interview process and he recommend the hiring of Tim Weathers to fill the position. The Commission approved the hiring.

Lowery also pointed out that one of the department’s employees was out with bypass surgery and a time frame for his return was not known at this time.

Mayor Anthony Emanuel reported on the City’s financial reports for March, which showed revenue was $134,000 more than was budgeted while expenses were $39,000 less than budgeted for the month.

He reported that March’s net surplus of $172,000 was a result from total revenue of $269,000 exceeding total expenses of $96,000.

Police Commissioner Sandra Gray reported that the police department responded to 220 calls, took 22 incident reports and worked six traffic accidents. The department issued 163 citations and collected $12,369.02 in fines.

Commissioner Tommy Lawson reported that the Trenton City Fire Department responded to 66 medical and rescue call and seven fire calls during March. He also reported the sewer department performed 28 underground locates, answered 11 sewer calls and replaced one sewer cap.

Lawson discussed the possible modification of the lift station on Highway 136 East near Woodhaven. He reported that due to the depth independent contractors had to be hired to work on the pumps and that was very expensive.

He stated that another lift station had been modified for the same reason and was working out well. No estimate was available for the cost of the modification but Lawson said it wouldn’t be cheap. “I think we need to do it for safety reason and then we can work on our own pumps,” he stated.

Lawson also stated that funds have not been budgeted for the project and will need to come from the reserve sewer fund if the projects move forward.

Parks Commissioner Terry Powell reported that new lights had been installed at Jenkins Park and thanked Southeast Lineman Training for their help on the project.

The City Pool is scheduled to open on May 31 and the lift for handicapped or elderly should be installed soon.

The Commission approved a transfer of $8,000 from SPLOST to be used to buy a new Gator for parks department. The one the department currently uses is 12-14 years old.

The Commission heard reports from the Chamber of Commerce, Tree City the Dade County Public Library and the Arts Council.

They also approved proclamation for Law Enforcement Week and Georgia Manufacturing Appreciation Week before adjourning the meeting.

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