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Tiny Home Ordinance Established in Trenton

By LYDIA BERGLAR
News Editor

This year’s last meeting of the City of Trenton Board of Commissioner was on December 11th. Topics included SPLOST expenditure, tiny home ordinance, library and Alliance for Dade updates, and a request from the liquor stores.

The board approved purchasing four-inch fire hoses for the fire department using SPLOST funds amounting to $7,561. Alex Case (mayor) explained that five-inch hoses do not fit the city’s ladder trucks and the current three-inch hoses cannot handle a high enough volume of water.

The board also approved SPLOST expenditure for the Trenton Police Department. The department is purchasing printers for patrol cars so that officers can print things such as accident reports and citations from their vehicles. The lowest quote for six printers was $2,610.24.

After several months of discussion on the topic, the board approved a new ordinance for tiny homes in the city limits. The ordinance reads: “Any residence structure with 800 square feet to 1,000 Square feet is to be defined as a ‘Tiny Home.’ A Tiny Home is allowed as a conditional use in the following zones: R-1 and R-2. A property owner must comply with the requirements and procedure for obtaining a conditional use, as set forth in this code. A Tiny Home must meet all of the minimum requirements of the International Residential code, the Electrical code and all other applicable building codes that has been adopted by The City of Trenton and are in effect as of the date that the building permit is issued. All Tiny Homes in must be a sight built-structure. Tiny Home built on metal frame with wheels shall only be allowed in zone R-5 and shall satisfy all building codes set forth in this code section.”

Mike Norris (police commissioner) was not at the meeting, so Steve Beaudoin (police chief) read the police report. In November, the Trenton Police Department answered 256 calls for service, conducted 808 business checks, addressed four animal complaints, responded to four domestic disturbance calls, six trespassing calls, 13 suspicious activity calls, and worked nine traffic crashes. 111 traffic stops resulted in 60 citations being issued.

Monda Wooten (street commissioner) noted that she’s received only positive feedback about the new Christmas lights throughout town, reporting that several businesses who did not purchase lights this year have set aside money to purchase lights in January if they go on sale. She and Case both noted the team effort between the city, local businesses, and the county government to decorate for Christmas.

Wooten also addressed a question she’s received about which poles in town have lights on them. She said, “Just because there’s a power pole, that doesn’t mean we have access to that power on that pole.”

During the Dade County Public Library report, Mindy Haworth (library manager) reported that Mike Cameron helped secure additional funding for Time with Teacher through a private foundation. The foundation is funding the program (which has been well-received) for an additional year.

Haworth reported that 119 cans were donated during Food for Fines this November and that a new fitness class focused on mobility is coming to the library in January. Dr. Becky Ashworth will be hosting “Fit for Life” every Tuesday and Saturday in January at 10:30 a.m.

Also in January, the library is hosting a winter reading challenge. Like a mini version of the summer challenge, readers can track their progress by logging into Beanstack between January 1-31.

During the Alliance for Dade report, Sandy White (president and CEO) reported that the visitor’s center continued to see a high number of visitors in November (as compared to January, February, and March). Keeping pace with the summer and early fall months, November had 82 out-of-town visitors as well as 70 residents.

White also mentioned many of the Christmas events happening throughout this month. Visit the Alliance’s website or social media to stay up-to-date on all local events.

During public input, the owners of both liquor stores in Trenton requested permission to be open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. This year, both days fall on a Sunday when city ordinances prevent the sale of distilled spirits. The owners explained that the eves of these two holidays are major revenue days for liquor stores.

Case said that in 2021, Sunday sales of malt beverages and wine between 12:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. were approved, but this does not include distilled spirits. Case said that he is looking into the Georgia Code over these laws to see if this exception must be voted by referendum. He said, “If it requires a vote by the public, it would have to be on the next city election.” Case said that the city will let the owners know what they find out.

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