By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter
City Commission washed its hands officially of home sales last week as, at its
regular November meeting, it gratefully accepted the one bid it received for a
house city police had seized in a drug operation.
“I know you’ll
be glad to get out of the real estate business,” Mayor Anthony Emanuel
congratulated Police Commissioner Sandra Gray.
Ms. Gray opined
that she was, and that the Trenton Police Department could seriously use the
money. She and, after the meeting, City
Clerk Lucretia Houts recapped the history:
The house, which
is on Scenic Drive, was seized by city police last year. It was put out to bid
with a minimum value of $85,000, but as no bids came in at that price the price
was lowered to $75,000. At the commission’s Nov. 13 meeting, the commissioners
accepted an offer from Jennifer Hartline for $75,001.
But Ms. Houts
specified that the city is not precisely making a killing off the deal. “We
have to give 10 percent to the person living in the house and 10 percent to the
DA,” she said.
said Ms. Houts, there were back taxes owed on the residence to Dade County that
had to be paid before the police department claimed the net. “It’s probably
somewhere in the neighborhood of $30,000 they’ll end up with,” she said.
Nov. 13 meeting – held on the Tuesday rather than the second Monday of the
month, as is customary, to accommodate the city’s Veterans Day observance on
the 12th – was an uneventful one, and poorly attended though all the
commissioners were present.
giving his monthly financial report, said that in this last fiscal quarter real
estate taxes were rolling in sufficiently to balance the city’s
revenue-to-expenditure ratio. “There’s good news finally,” he said. “The
turnaround is encouraging.”
He said he had
high hopes the city would finish the year at breakeven.
The mayor also
pointed to the city’s recent road improvement work. “I would hope that as you
have driven around our fair city you have noticed that we are paving,” he said.
Commissioner Greg Houts gave a more detailed report, saying the paving crew had
been working on the road in front of Citizens Bank and Trust as well as on
Sells Lane and Georgia Avenue by the county transfer station.
“We’re shorthanded when it comes to paving,”
said Houts. “Our equipment is fairly new but our workers are fairly old.”
the commission with the deed to Glenview Drive, and the commissioners duly
voted to accept the road for maintenance.
Houts explained that the road requires upgrading to accommodate school
discussed similar plans for Cedar Breeze Drive in the same area, on land
previously owned by the late Mildred Carson, currently the property of Linda
Getter. “They are anxious to sign that property over to the city so we can go
ahead and pave,” said the mayor.
Utilities Commissioner Tommy Lawson warned the commission that the switching
mechanism on one of the sewage system’s backup generators was out and might end
up costing the city to repair. “We’ve
got one bid for $4,000-some to fix it,” he said.
Recreation Commissioner Chuck Cannon had nothing to report this month, but he
did approach the mayor about getting city employees a pay raise. “It’s been a
long time and these people are suffering like everybody else,” he said.
Emanuel made no
promises. “We know it’s been a long time, and I’m optimistic that we’ll be at a
zero budget by the end of the year,” he said. If so, he said, there might be
some hope for raises and the matter could certainly be looked at again.
Chamber of Commerce Director Debbie Tinker reminded the commission of the
Chamber’s annual Christmas parade and Christmas on the Square event coming up
Dec. 8. This year’s theme is “The Music of Christmas,” and anyone wishing to
enter a float in the parade or book a stall on the square may call the Chamber
of (706) 657-4488.
Ms. Tinker said
that the Chamber is working on the Christmas event in conjunction with the Dade
County Public Library, as it did for Halloween festivities. “This partnership seems
to be working very well,” she did. She
said the library offered attendees a chance to get indoors and out of the
weather during these outdoor festivities.
Marshana Sharp invited all to a Dec. 6 financial planning and credit protection
lunch-and-learn session offered at the library from 12:30–2:30 p.m. The event
includes lunch and is free courtesy of the United Way, but attendees are asked
to preregister by calling (706) 657-7857.
Emanuel extended his congratulations to the Lady Wolverines softball team on
their recent surprise win of the state championship. “There’s no luck
involved,” he said. “You work very hard to make it happen.”
City Commission’s next regularly scheduled meeting is slated for Dec. 10.