By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
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.
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.
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
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.
Utilities Commissioner Tommy Lawson reported that the sewer department worked
seven sewer calls and 11 underground locates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
voiced his support of Lowery on the issue and said they need to stay with
business the Commission appointed Reece Fauscett to a three-year term on the
Dade County Library Board. Fauscett replaces Melanie Parrish on the board.
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.