The Trenton R-9 Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the district office.
Items on the announced agenda include setting the filing date for the April 8 election (the terms of Kevin Bailey, Tracy Utley and Dr. David Whitaker expire), a softball field update, an update on the Rissler School fiber optic project, resignations, grants, part-time attendance requests, the Belcher Scholarship, the transportation contract, substitute pay, guidance and counseling reports, a technology update and principal reports. An executive session for personnel is also planned.
The Trenton City Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. on Monday at city hall.
Items on the announced agenda include an ordinance abolishing and vacating an undeveloped portion of Wiggins Street and reverting title of the property to adjacent landowners, discussion of leasing the farm ground, approval of a bid for a cyclone bin at the asphalt plant, discussion of what Tax Increment Financing is (requested by Mayor Nick McHargue) and a report on the DREAM Initiative (requested by Mayor McHargue). A request by Millie Hutchinson to speak to the council is also on the agenda, along with an executive session for legal matters.
The Princeton City Council has hired a former area resident as its wastewater supervisor.
David Akins of Greeley, CO, will begin his new duties shortly after the first of the year. He will replace Jeff Peace, who is retiring from the position in February after 33 years of service. Akins has worked in the Bethany and Chillicothe areas, according to Assistant City Clerk Danette Summers.
The filing date for the April 8 city council election was set for Dec. 17 to Jan. 21. Persons interested in filing for either of the two two-year council positions or the mayor’s position may do so at city hall during regular business hours. Holding those positions currently are councilmen George Scurlock and Mike Greenlee and mayor Kurt Meighen.
The council approved a $1,575 bid from James Oujiri of Greencastle to tear down the airport hangar for salvage. It was the only bid received.
The council will next meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
Waste Corporation of Missouri, also known locally as WCA, has filed a lawsuit against the City of Trenton over the recent acceptance of a bid for trash removal.
The suit, filed Thursday in the Circuit Division of Grundy County, alleges damages caused by the acceptance of a bid from Rapid Removal over the bid submitted by WCA for the 2014-2018 contract for trash removal in the city. The suit seeks a temporary restraining order and/or a temporary injunction to stop the city from entering into the new contract with Rapid Removal, effective Jan. 1, 2014.
WCA is the current trash hauler in the city and submitted a lower bid than Rapid Removal. At the Nov. 25 city council meeting, the bids were considered and the council, on a 5-1 vote with Travis Elbert and Jacob Black absent, selected Rapid Removal. The bid was not the lowest of three submitted, however, those voting in favor cited location of the business in Trenton as well as the amount of tax revenue the company pays into the city and the number of local residents the company employs as reasons for selecting it as the “best” bid.
At the heart of the lawsuit is Title I, Sec. 155.040 of the city code, entitled “Determining the Lowest Responsible Bidder” and listing seven “exclusive” factors: bid price; ability, capacity and skill of the bidder to perform the contract or provide the service required; whether the bidder can perform the contract and/or provide the services promptly and within the required time periods without delay or interference; the quality of performance on previous contracts or services with the city and/or references provided; the previous and existing compliance by the bidder with laws and ordinances of the city; the financial resources and the ability of the bidder to perform the contract or provide the service; and the quality, availability and adaptability of the supplies or services.
WCA alleges that the decision to award the contract to Rapid Removal was based on consideration of factors that are not included in the above seven “exclusive” factors. It also states that public comments made by members of the city council explaining their votes show that the selection of Rapid Removal was based on the idea that it has a larger “local” presence in Trenton, notwithstanding the fact that its bid was significantly higher than WCA’s bid. However, it states, none of the factors of Section 155.040 authorize a decision to be based on such a factor. WCA alleges that the council’s selection of Rapid Removal was “arbitrary, capricious and illegal.”
It should be noted that in the bid notice, it is stated that the city of Trenton reserves the right, acting through its mayor and city council, to reject any or all bids in whole or in part, to waive any irregularities and to accept the bid deemed to be in the best interest of the city.
WCA is asking the court to enter a restraining order, temporary injunction and permanent injunction against the city prohibiting it from awarding, executing or performing the 2014-2018 contract with Rapid Removal and requiring the city council to reconsider the contract using only the seven factors listed in Section 155.040 and to award WCA such other and further relief as the court deems appropriate.
WCA is also seeking a declaratory judgment from the court declaring that the Trenton city council violated Section 155.040 of the Trenton city code by basing its decision to award the 2014-2018 contact to Rapid Removal on factors not presented in that section.
The Grundy County Commission will meet in regular session Tuesday at the courthouse.
Items on the announced agenda include the regular weekly meeting with Ambulance Director Steve Tracy at 10 a.m. and an 11 a.m. meeting with representatives of the University of Missouri Extension for an extension update.
Judge Jack Peace
Waste Corporation of Missouri, Inc. vs. City of Trenton. The plaintiff filed a suit seeking a temporary restraining order and declaratory judgment in connection with the city’s awarding of trash bids.
Judge Steven D. Hudson
Teresa A. Akok, 24, Kansas City, pleaded guilty to following too closely and was fined $77.50 and $68.60 costs.
Simon N. Schories, 30, Omaha, NE, pleaded guilty to speeding and was fined $76.50 and $58.50 costs.
Elizabeth A. Glass vs. William L. Glass.
Spickard United Methodist Church and others to Spickard United Methodist Church.
Patricia Hessing and others to Matthew Hessing and wife.
Trenton Police Department
Dec. 12: officers investigated a report of property damage at an east residence and went to a north residence to investigate a report of harassment. A burglary was also investigated at a north residence.
Dec. 3: a report of identity theft was investigated at an east residence and a theft was investigated at a north residence. An arrest on a warrant was made in the downtown area.
Dec. 4: a subject was arrested in the east part of town for driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and careless and imprudent driving. A theft was investigated at an east residence and officers made an arrest for stealing and credit card fraud in the downtown area.
Dec. 5: officers investigated a report of a runaway juvenile.
American Family Insurance and High School Holiday Hoops are teaming up this year with hopes of creating some additional excitement at the 11-day event as well as raising money for a very lucky high school.
At the halftime of each of the 64 games played during Holiday Hoops, two individuals representing the teams that are currently playing in the that game will be asked to attempt the most free throws possible in 60 seconds. The designated shooter can be a school administrator, instructor, coach or fan, with the selected participant announced prior to the game. No current high school or college student may be designated in accordance with MSHSAA or collegiate/university rules. At the conclusion of the Holiday Hoops, the individual who scores the most free throws will win the grand prize of $500 for their respective high school. Additionally a second-place cash prize will also be awarded by American Family Insurance.
“This is the first time the American Family agents from north Missouri have been involved on the corporate sponsorship level and we are excited with the support and the fun we expect this event will generate,” said Hoops Coordinator Steve Maxey. “Not only will this add to the halftime entertainment schedule but will be a terrific cash award for the winning high schools.”
Maxey went on to say that American Family is just one of the many corporate sponsors this year that are stepping up to make a difference at Holiday Hoops and the support of each and every one is most appreciated. Other sponsors and special promotions will be announced in the days ahead.
Participating agents in the program are Cara McClellan of Trenton, Sandy Ward of Gallatin, Bina Peace of Princeton/Unionville, Karen Chaney of Cameron, Mack Molloy of Carrollton, Laura Thompson of Maryville, Bradford Doolittle of Albany/Stanberry and Taylor Crouse of Mound City.
High School Holiday Hoops begins on Friday, Dec. 20 and concludes on Saturday, Jan. 4, with all games played on the campus of North Central Missouri College in Trenton. Holiday Hoops is sponsored by the NCMC Foundation, Inc.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced work to be done on area roadways next week.
In Grundy County, drainage work will be done from Monday through Friday on Route V, from Route E to three miles south of the Laredo City limits. Pothole patching will take place on Highway 146 from Highway 6 to Highway 190 from Monday through Friday. Also from Monday through Friday will be brush cutting and sign operations on various routes.
In Mercer County, sign operations, brush cutting and pothole patching will take place throughout the week on various routes.