"Go team Trenton," Trenton Mayor Kyle Stack said as she finished the State of the City Address Monday morning at the Westfield Activities Center.
Trenton has plenty to cheer about, according to Stack. Here are some major sucesses from 2012 highlighted in Stack's speech:
- The city has a balanced budget, despite starting the year with a $3.2 million deficit.
- There were no layoffs or money used from the general fund to balance the budget.
- Trenton property values are on the rise by an expected 4 percent in 2013.
- Blighted properties in the city have been reduced from 638 in 2008 to 124 in 2013.
- Contracts negotiations with all unions have been settled including police, firefighters, public works employees and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
- An inter-governmental agreement with Wayne County for the Elizabeth Park Marina was a success and will continue for at least one more year.
- Trenton parks have received several upgrades including a new ball field at Slocum and playground improvements at Rotary, Lexington, Teifer and Kennedy.
- Former Mid-Summer Festival recieved a new name, date and time.
- The fire department received a to hire six new firefighters.
- Police received a grant for over $479,000 for a combined dispatch with Riverview.
- Librarian Francene Sanak has recovered more than $3,400 in fines for overdue library books at the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library, since employing a collection agency.
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