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By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


The Trenton City Commission held its regular monthly meeting Monday, May 12 with vice-mayor Tommy Lawson conducting the meeting.

Trenton Mayor Anthony Emanuel was in the hospital awaiting open heart surgery Lawson reported.

The Mayor had successful surgery last week and is currently recovering at home.

Vice-mayor Lawson opened the meeting saying he would rather not take any long-term action since the mayor was not there to participate.

Trenton Police Commissioner Sandra Gray stated that she would be recommending the commission replace former city investigator Sawn Chappa with Officer Tim Mitchell at a later date. Gray stated that Mitchell has experience as an investigator and is already certified.

Commissioner Gray reported the police department answered 216 calls in April. They filed 17 incident reports, 12 accident reports and issued 138 citations. They also collected $10,578.45 in fines. Year to date fines collected by the department total $36,843.74.

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Terry Powell reported that the City Pool will open May 31 and that the new handicapped lift for the pool has been installed. The cost to use the pool will be $3 a day or season passes are available.

A season pass for a single person is $50 and families can get a season pass for $150.

Streets Commissioner Tommy Lowery reported that city employee John Taylor is on the mend after heart surgery. New employee, Tim Weathers, is doing a great job Lowery reported.

The Street Department worked 23 work orders during the month of April.

Commissioner Lawson reported the Trenton Fire Department responded to 18 fire calls and 75 medical and rescue calls during April. He also reported that the sewer department worked 10 calls, made 21 locates and repaired two lift stations during April.

Civic leaders then addressed the Commission on activities of each organization. Those participating included Eloise Gass of Tree City; Marshana Sharp, Dade County Public Library; Chris Musser with the Chamber of Commerce; and Gennie Sams from the Arts Council.

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