By LYDIA BERGLAR
The October 16 meeting of the City of Trenton Board of Commissioners was short and light on business.
Mike Norris (police commissioner) read the police report. In September, the Trenton Police Department answered 256 calls for service and completed 1,501 business checks. 111 traffic stops resulted in 111 citations being issued.
Lucretia Houts (fire and utility commissioner) read the fire report. In September, the Trenton Fire Department had 95 calls, 48 of which were canceled en route and 7 of which were fire related.
During the mayor’s report, Mayor Alex Case expressed thanks for the city’s departments and directors. He reported that no citizens attended the city’s three millage rate hearings.
Regarding the millage rate, he said, “We’re getting good, strong growth, still continuing services for the city, and one of those services – I love seeing this each month when Mike reads off the business checks, 1,501 times our officers were [checking] businesses…They’re also patrolling our streets, and that’s one of those luxuries of this millage.”
Mindy Haworth (manager of the Dade County Public Library) reported that the library’s HVAC replacement should be completed by October 20. She noted that the library’s door count is over 2,000 each month.
Haworth noted that in addition to radon testing kits, the library has specialty cake pans and a microscope that patrons can check out. The microscope comes with prepared slides and blank slides.
The library will participate in Trick-or-Treat on the Square on October 28 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a “Wizard of Oz” theme in honor of L. Frank Baum’s well-known book.
Sandy White gave a report for the Alliance for Dade (chamber of commerce), noting a new visitor’s guide, the most comprehensive print piece promoting tourism in the county. The Alliance now has a full set of print collateral: A map of the county, several itineraries, and the visitor’s guide brochure.
White gave an update on social media stats for the Alliance. The Facebook page has 1,031 followers and 729 page likes, and in the last 90 days, the account had a reach of 35,210. The Instagram account has 145 followers and had a reach of 1,029 in the last 30 days. The Alliance has started posting events on Twitter, gaining 32 followers so far.
The board then voted to extend the moratorium on using campers as short-term rentals within the city limits. Case later explained to the Sentinel that the city does not have an issue with people renting their houses as short-term rentals, but there is nothing currently in the city’s ordinances about renting out campers as short-term rentals. The moratorium was put in place and extended so that the city could talk to the attorney, look at what other cities have implemented, and make a decision about what to put in the ordinances.
The board held an individual vote for the millage rate, with all in favor of keeping it at 4.498 mills.