By REBECCA HAZEN
The City of Trenton Board of Commissioners discussed the beginning stages of getting an animal shelter, as well as SPLOST funds, during a brief meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
“We want to work really hard with the county on an animal shelter. They have committed with it as well, but we need to get the fine tuning and start getting something on the ground,” Mayor Alex Case said.
A possible location for the animal shelter will be behind the transfer station, where there are 13 available acres. There is already sewer and water services available there, and it’s easily accessible for the community.
“We’ve got to work out a lot of things between the county and the city because of maintenance and operations; what we see in our budget, and what they have to put in for their part as well,” Case said.
Case noted that both he and some county commissioners toured an animal shelter facility in Cherokee County last year.
Right now there is a small animal control area, which is located in the old sewer plant. It has six sections for animals to stay in. It was noted that there has not been an euthanization in a long time.
In SPLOST news, the first check of SPLOST VI, received last week, was $41,000. Those checks, which are kept at Citizens Bank & Trust, are direct deposited into the city’s account the last week of each month.
Regarding SPLOST V, Case said, “We’re really getting down to the wire, with the last few things we’ve done. Once they clear the checks, we’ve got $62,000 left.”
Case hopes to have the money build up, and hold on to it in case emergencies come up.
Commissioner Kirk Forshee reported that the Police Department responded to 242 calls for service during the month of September, 647 business checks, six domestic disturbance calls, four animal complaints, nine trespassing calls, 24 suspicious activity calls, and worked 12 traffic accidents. 115 traffic stops were conducted, resulting in 104 traffic citations. Collected fines for September were $11,767.75, and total fines collected for the year so far are $151,020.93.
Commissioner Terry Powell reported that the community center was rented for 22 hours last month. There were six animal control work orders/complaints, and middle school softball has finished.
Powell noted that the large tree at Jenkins Park has had a lot of work done to it. The limbs have been trimmed, and dead debris has been removed. The picnic tables that used to be underneath the tree have also been moved, so the ground around the tree will not be compacted.
Commissioner Lucretia Houts reported that there were six home remodels, three plan reviews, and one addition. There were five electrical, HVAC and plumbing inspections.
The fire department had a total of 48 calls for the month of September which included eight that were fire related, two accidents, four medical, 20 standby, and they were dispatched and cancelled in route to 14.
The sewer department had 22 underground locates and four emergency locates.
Commissioner Monda Wooten was absent. Case reported that the street department had hired a new employee, and the department now has a full staff.
Case gave the financial report. The general fund account has $382,396.62. Revenue received for the month was $88,182.37. Total expenses for the month were $150,145.45.
The next City Commission meeting will be Nov. 9.