From Page 3 Public comment Those who spoke during public comment mainly gave opinions on the resort project. One gentleman said, “It’s a fine project; it’ll be quite big with 26 units. It’s …
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Those who spoke during public comment mainly gave opinions on the resort project. One gentleman said, “It’s a fine project; it’ll be quite big with 26 units. It’s just the wrong place. Residents take pride in where they live and it would change the neighborhood. And what happens in four or five years when Fred sells it for an exorbitant profit?”
One woman who spoke during public comment shared her concerns about the resort bringing in more noise than the current residents would like to have.
“We don't want more trouble, we've had a lot of trouble in our neighborhood, with things not being taken care of. We don't need more issues in our area and with the resort, there would be more fireworks, which would disturb more dogs. And with a fireworks store close by, we have enough fireworks in our area, during holidays and during weekends and whatever. So it would totally change the environment in our area. It's just too big for that area.”
Plaas reassured the public that fireworks would not be allowed at the resort if the town board approved the zoning change.
“There's 50 feet of woods planned all the way around. Everybody is worried about what may happen if I end up selling the resort in the future and what could change, but we aren't even at the point to begin to worry about that,” said Plaas.
The board began discussion on how it intends to spend the first $110,000 of $220,000 it has received from the American Rescue Plan Act. No votes were made on how the board will spend the first half of the money they have received in 2021, but Board Chair Brian Berg suggested looking into expanding broadband coverage, specifically for low-income households with little to no internet access.
Town Clerk Steve Thoms also made note of revenue the town lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, estimating a range of $50,000$60,000 lost from tourism and other township funds. These losses can be reimbursed through ARPA and would go into the general township fund for future needs.
Additional speed limit signs
The town board voted to add four additional speed limit signs along the intersections of 830th Street that connects with County Road K and leads to Highway 35. The plan is to have the signs listed at 35 miles per hour and help keep traffic from speeding where pedestrians like to take walks and where kids like to ride their bicycles along 830th Street.
New town vehicle purchase
Berg addressed the need for the town to purchase a new half-ton full-bed pickup to replace the current one that is aging. Berg noted the difficulty of getting the right truck for the township, as they sell out quickly, according to dealerships with which he has been in contact.
“Last month I found a place in western Iowa that sells rust-free Western trucks, 100,000-mile service trucks and also we priced those and they're coming in at about $15,000. We'll come to get on board. But they sell out rather quickly as I asked to put one on hold, then asked to have it taken off and it sold a couple hours after to someone else,” Berg said.
The board voted to purchase a 2012 Ford half-ton from the western Iowa dealership that has 101,000 miles on it at the rate of $16,000, $2,000 more than the asking price.
The next Trenton Town Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14.