By REBECCA HAZEN
The City of Trenton Board of Commissioners approved the event application for the 1945 Dade County Fair, to be held Monday, July 4, at Jenkins Park, during the Monday, May 9 meeting.
“This event is so well attended. It is worked on all year long. There is nothing thrown together about it, it is very well planned,” Commissioner Monda Wooten said.
The approval of the event application includes the approval of certain streets to be closed during the event, and the use of the community center.
The 1945 Dade County Fair will feature all the usual favorites, including games, a talent show, car show, kid’s zone, cake walk, bingo, softball tournament, and fireworks.
Mitch Rossell, a Tennessee country singer and songwriter, is the headlining music act for this year’s event. Rossell is currently touring as the opening act for Garth Brooks.
Alliance for Dade board member Jane Dixon also encouraged citizens to attend the event.
“It is such a wonderful event. It was so much fun. I had company out of town, and I brought them, and they just loved it,” Dixon said. “The Alliance for Dade will once again be participating and sponsoring events. We will be involved, and that is the kind of thing that we like to do. We like to chip in and help other people.”
For more information about the event, visit 1945fair.com, or the 1945 Dade County Fair Facebook page.
Also, during the meeting the Commissioners approved the distilled spirits ordinance, which has gone immediately into effect. The Commissioners also approved the amendment to the zoning ordinance, to allow for future liquor stores to be built.
The Commissioners approved the purchase of Simbli Board Management Software, for a $1,000 upfront fee, plus $2,750, or $229 a month.
Simbli will allow the Commission to make meeting related documents available to the public online. The County Commission and the Board of Education also use Simbli.
The Commissioners approved the purchase of cover buildings to house sewer and parks department equipment, for a total of $11,694, to be purchased with SPLOST funds. The Commissioners also voted to pay off a track hoe with SPLOST funds that was purchased three years ago. The remaining balance was $30,937.33.
Case noted that Sewer Department Manager Dewayne Moore’s truck has broken down, and it is not worth it to try to repair the vehicle. Case said that they are in the process of looking for a truck for Moore.
Commissioner Mike Norris reported that the Police Department had 1,172 calls for service for the month of April, including two animal complaints, seven domestic disturbances, eight trespasses, 30 suspicious activities, 11 traffic accidents. 65 traffic citations were issued during the month. Collected fines for the month were $8,009.48.
Commissioner Terry Powell reported that the community center was rented for 90 hours in the month of April. There were six work orders for animal control complaints. Powell also noted that the new picnic tables have been installed in Jenkins Park.
Commissioner Lucretia Houts reported that the Sewer Department had 29 underground locates, eight emergency locates, 10 sewer calls, one line inspection and one sewer tap for the month of April. There were six remodels, three new constructions, and six completed HVAC and plumbing inspections. The Fire Department had a total of 59 calls and were dispatched and canceled in route to 37. There were five fire related calls, four accidents, two medical and 11 standby calls.
Commissioner Wooten reported that all the Street Department equipment has been serviced. Road repairs were completed on Lookout Circle, Pullen Avenue, Oriole Circle and John Street. Wooten noted that the department is searching for seasonal employees.
Mayor Alex Case presented the financial report for the month of March, noting that it was not presented before due to the Commission not meeting in the month of April. The total revenue was $161,575.49. Expenses for the month were $170,155.39. The city’s saving account has $127,020.40. There is $208,401.28 in the SPLOST VI account.
Eloise Gass with Tree City USA reported that a tree was planted in honor of Cindy Robertson, who recently retired from City Hall.
Mindy Haworth, Dade County Public Library Manager, reported that there has been a lot of activity in the library during the past few weeks. On April 26, (the day the library hosted the election debate) 750 patrons come to the library. In addition, during a recent Ready to Read program 35 children attended, not including parents and caregivers, which is a record number of attendees. Also, a new library assistant, Bonnie Montgomery, was recently hired.
The next City of Trenton Board of Commissioners meeting will be June 13.