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The Trenton City Commission held its regular monthly meeting last week at Trenton City Hall with all Commissioners in attendance.

The Commission had a full agenda but the main issue of concern to several in attendance was the crematory located at Ryan Funeral Home on Highway 11 South.

Mayor Anthony Emanuel had stated earlier that Ryan Funeral Home had made a request to operate a crematory at their facility.

The current zoning in the City of Trenton does not permit a crematory in any zone but Emanuel feels the City should have at least one zone allowing one.

A couple of residents expressed their concerns about a crematory near them, while saying they were not necessarily opposed to one, but hoped everything would be checked out.

Steven Ryan, one of the owners of Ryan Funeral Home, assured the Commission and those in attendance everything would be done according to State and Federal law.

“I have been doing all my research,” Ryan said. He further explained that anyone could go to the State of Georgia Department of Public Health and find answers to any of their concerns.

Ryan also pointed out that the crematory would be subject to the Georgia State Board of Funeral Service Regulations. They impose certain restrictions on crematory operations and are closely monitored by the board through onsite inspections, he added.

Mayor Emanuel explained the City’s zoning ordinance can be amended to permit a crematory within the City.

That process includes a meeting of the Planning Commission who will make a recommendation to the City Commission. When the Commission receives the recommendation a public hearing must be held.

Notice must be given no more than 45 days and no less than 15 days and published in The Dade County Sentinel. The notice must include location, zoning classification and proposed amendment and a sign giving the notice of the meeting must be placed on the property in a conspicuous location no less than 15 days before the hearing.

The Commission agreed to move forward with the process.

Mayor Emanuel expressed concern during the city financial report that revenue was still not supporting the expenses. “This is only temporary as property taxes start coming in will help support the budget,” he said.

Each Commissioner gave a department report with Police Commissioner Sandra Gray reporting that the Trenton City Police Department responded to 255 calls, took 14 incident reports, worked seven traffic accidents and issued 224 citations in July. Gray also reported that fines collected were $16,900 for a yearly total of $86,753.97.

Gray added that they are awaiting the arrival of three new vehicles.

Tommy Lawson, Fire and Utilities Commissioner reported the sewer department had 17 underground locates and handled nine sewer calls in July. The Trenton Fire Department responded to 17 fire calls and 85 medical and rescue calls during July.

Tommy Lowery, Streets Commissioner, reported that paving is scheduled to start, depending on weather, and sidewalk work has also been going on. He also reported that 107 work orders were handled in July by his department.

Terry Powell, Parks and Recreation Commissioner reminded everyone that the city pool is closing for the year. He reported additions will continue to be made at the park with most being paid for with SPLOST money.

Powell also reported that they received only one bid for the pavilion and that bid, was under budget, and was accepted. He added they are continuing to research ways to keep the bid where it needs to be.

Chris Musser of the Dade County Chamber of Commerce thanked everyone who helped make Dade Days a big success and stated he was extremely pleased with all the vendors and those in attendance.

Musser also reported the Vision Committee is moving forward in four project areas, Trenton Downtown Project, Art Project, Tourism Project and Courthouse Renovation Project. The Vision Committee is headed by William Back.

Marshana Sharp with the Dade County Public Library gave a report on programs offered by the Library and reported Dade Days was a success for them as well as they opened for business on that day and had several people sign up for library cards.

Mayor Emanuel stated ‘I would put our per capita support up against any of the other two (county and Board of Education).” He added, “It is a valuable resource for our children and adults.”

William Back reported the grant application for the State of Dade Heritage Trail had been turned in and they should be hearing something by October. The grant is for up to $40,000 for tourism related projects.

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