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By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher

 

The Trenton City Commission met last week for its regular monthly meeting and in an odd twist of events hired an investigator.

The saga of the investigator started at the May meeting when Police Commissioner Sandra Gray asked the commission to hire Tim Mitchell as city police investigator.

In the absence of Mayor Anthony Emmanuel vice mayor Tommy Lawson asked that the hiring be delayed until the Mayor returned.

At the June meeting Gray again made a motion to hire Mitchell but that motion died for a lack of a second.

Some questions as to whether the City of Trenton could afford him at this time were asked.

Later in the meeting the Commission went into executive session to discuss what to do with SPLOST money left over from the last SPLOST tax.

When they returned from executive session Gray again made a motion to hire Mitchell and all Commissioners voted in favor of the hire. No mention was made as to what changed Commissioners’ minds during the executive session or if the matter was even discussed.

During the meeting Mayor Anthony Emmanuel reported that the City was some $11,000 over budget for fiscal year 2014 but that amount was recoverable. He added that the City must watch its expenses.

Fire and Utilities Commissioner Tommy Lawson reported that the sewer department worked seven sewer calls and 11 underground locates.

Lawson also reported that they had to call Roto-Rooter in because one of the department’s trucks was not working and it took extra funds to do that.

Commissioner Terry Powell made a request for around $7,000 in SPLOST money to clear additional land at the city park. That included additional top soil for the area as well.

Police Commissioner Sandra Gray reported that the police department answered 334 calls during May and had 21 incident reports, worked 13 traffic accidents and issued 198 citations. The City collected $14,714.33 in fines.

Commissioner Tommy Lowery reported his department was busy in May with 86 work orders. Those ranged from repairing potholes to cleaning out ditches and removing tree limbs.

Lowery discussed one issue with a resident requesting clean up that was outside the city’s policies on the issue. He reported that after doing some research the requested did not fall within the city’s current policies and will not be done.

Mayor Emmanuel voiced his support of Lowery on the issue and said they need to stay with current policies.

In other business the Commission appointed Reece Fauscett to a three-year term on the Dade County Library Board. Fauscett replaces Melanie Parrish on the board.

The City Commission scheduled a special called meeting for this past Monday. Mayor Emmanuel said the meeting was concerning what to do with approximately $400,000 in unused money from the previous SPLOST.


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