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Council Considers Asphalt Silo Purchase

Road work, airport repairs and reports highlighted Monday night’s meeting of the Trenton City Council. Street Supervisor Martin Schieb said that milling work on selected streets of the city is under way and that it is anticipated the contractor will finish up the work today, weather permitting. He said city crews will then asphalt those streets. The work is being done as part of the city’s summer street program. Schieb also presented information to the council to consider purchasing a silo for storage at the asphalt plant. The Trenton plant has proved popular in regard to purchases from other entities, however, Schieb noted that several have been turned away because they did not want to wait until asphalt can be made. He said that a silo would allow the city to keep asphalt on hand for up to five days, thus eliminating waiting time for entities that might need asphalt. City staff is working on information to determine how much business the city has lost because of wait times in an effort to decide whether or not purchasing the silo would be in the best interest of the street department.  Councilman David Mlika, who has worked for the street department, said he felt the city could increase its asphalt sales by 50 percent if the silo were available. Last year, the city sold 12,877 tons of asphalt. The council also discussed use of the street department’s paver, which was purchased last year for $145,000. It was noted that in addition to city street work, the paver was also used to pave streets in Lawson as well as the parking lot at the Rissler School. Schieb noted that the entities paid for use of the paver and asphalt for the work as well as the cost of the employee who operated the equipment. The paver is being used this summer on the parking lot work at Trenton High School. Mayor Dr. Nick McHargue pointed out that when the paver was purchased, it was agreed by the council to allow it to be used by other entities at a cost to help make payments on the equipment. The paver can only be operated by a city employee, who is paid by the entity that uses it. There is no cost to the city. The council voted to seek bids for repairs to the runway at the airport. A recent inspection showed over 6,000 feet of cracks in the runway and work was estimated at around $400,000. The work would include use of a sealant that is anticipated to last eight to 15 years as well as striping and other work. It is anticipated 90 percent of the cost would be paid for with federal funding while the city would provide the other 10 percent of the cost. The council approved bids from Max Fordyce of Ridgeway, John Pettit of Gallatin, Clint Cranmore of Marquette, NE and Kenneth Ricketts of Trenton for scrap iron purchases from the city. Also approved was the appointment of Rosetta Marsh as the alternate member representative for the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission, replacing Kerry Sampson, who is retiring. Approval was given for the city to make application as an associate member of the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission. Also approved were committee appointments and liaison members to various boards. They include: Administrative Committee - Jennifer Hottes, Larry Porter, Brad Chumbley and Scott Blair. Finance Committee - Allan Quilty, Mark Moore, Travis Elbert and David Mlika. Economic Development Committee - Elbert, Quilty, Ms. Hottes and Blair. Planning and Zoning and Building and Nuisance - Blair. Public Safety - Mlika and Ms. Hottes. Tree Committee and Extension Council - Quilty. Airport Advisory, Animal Shelter and Domestic Violence - Ms. Hottes. Park Board - Elbert, Quilty. Public Works - Moore and Elbert. All votes taken during the meeting were 8-0. Virgil and Susanne Walden were presented with the “Tidy Up Award” and given a key to the city by President Pro-Tem of the Council, Allan Quilty. The Waldens have been cleaning up Iowa Boulevard between Wright Memorial Hospital and the Barton Farm Campus for around five years. Volunteers are being sought to help with Saturday’s recycling efforts at the old Maggie’s Mess Building from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is being held as part of a citywide clean-up under way this week. Persons wanting to help can call city hall. The city will also have its residential brush dump open at the street maintenance building on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Police Chief Tommy Wright said the department has 10 volunteers as part of the Operation Trenton Clean Sweep program, in which individuals, groups and organizations can adopt streets in town to be cleaned up. He said around 100 pounds of trash have already been picked up. More volunteers are being sought and interested persons can contact him at the police department. It was announced that Red Rock is to be in town later this week to bring in equipment for the demolition of 10 properties. It was noted that the project has been delayed due to an equipment trailer fire in November.  City Attorney Tara Walker presented information on the state’s Sunshine Law as well as the duties and responsibilities of being a city councilman. Insurance requires the city provide this information to its various board members once a year. City Clerk Cindy Simpson announced that a reception will be held to honor City Administrator Kerry Sampson from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday at city hall. Sampson is retiring after nearly 20 years with the city. He thanked the mayor, city council and employees for their efforts in “doing the people’s work” and said it has been a pleasure to work with them.  “They have a passion for doing the people’s business,” Sampson said, adding he is “very optimistic” about the future of Trenton. Sampson said he plans to remain in Trenton after his retirement. Sampson’s last day is this Friday. Mayor McHargue thanked Sampson for his service, adding “things went pretty smooth for the most part” during Sampson’s tenure. He began working with the city in November of 1996 as the economic developer, becoming city administrator in 2000. The council also heard reports from Fire Chief Rick Morris, Code Enforcement Officer Donnie Vandevender, Airport Advisory Board Chairman Dyle Wilson, TMU Director Chad Davis and Comptroller Rosetta Marsh, who reported TMU finances have shown improvement from a year ago, with the electric department being in the black the past month.  An executive session was held for real estate with no announcement made.

Road work, airport repairs and reports highlighted Monday night’s meeting of the Trenton City Council.
Street Supervisor Martin Schieb said that milling work on selected streets of the city is under way and that it is anticipated the contractor will finish up the work today, weather permitting. He said city crews will then asphalt those streets. The work is being done as part of the city’s summer street program.
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