Trenton Council considers where to annex next
TRENTON -- In preparing for future growth, Trenton's Planning and Zoning Commission identified land next to its present town boundaries that could at some future time become part of the town.
"This public meeting is the first step in accomplishing what we need to do," said Chairman Lance Kingston.
The land being discussed is to the west, south and east of Trenton's boundaries. The annexation policy plan will extend from 5600 West to the canal on the east. According to the maps provided, the land will also run south of state Route 142, which is the road that connects Trenton to Richmond. Along that highway the land to be annexed in the future will run east to 800 West.
Although it could be within the new annexation expansion area, no land will automatically be annexed. The annexation policy plan document states "even though property proposed for annexation is located within the annexation expansion area, there is no guarantee that the annexation request will be approved by Trenton Town."
The state is requiring cities and towns to do a 15-year plan of possible future annexation boundaries, Kingston said. The town has until the end of December to have the policy plan finalized.
Commissioner Scott McKendrick, who is also on the town council, said the public meeting was designed for discussing the boundaries of the town, and earmarking the land for future town expansion.
Clerk Heidi Ricks said all of Trenton's neighboring towns were invited to this meeting. Two representatives from Lewiston and one from Cornish were in attendance to discuss boundaries.
After Commissioner Rob Smith motioned to accept the annexation policy plan, the commission accepted it and the public meeting ended.
A separate item involved Mark Spackman inquiring about obtaining a business license to repair agricultural machinery. Spackman's land was recently annexed to Trenton. Spackman was in the process of building a shop for his business on his land when a fire destroyed it. Kingston said Spackman would have to start from the ground again in resubmitting for a business license and a building permit. On top of that, he will begin getting prepared to rebuild his shop.
Spackman said it is important for him to submit his proposed building as commercial. He said he will work hard at re-building when all of the paperwork passes through the commission.
"I have a lot of friends in town that I will be able to help when their [equipment] needs fixing," Spackman said. It's not important for him to receive personal gain, he said, but he desires to help serve the community when his shop opens.
"It's kind of an enjoyment for me to help someone out," Spackman said.