Trent celebration gets boost

The exterior of the new city office inside of the southwest corner of the Trent Gym was built to match the rest of the original wooden car siding.

Trent’s community association and the town board are combining some resources to put on a 135th anniversary bash on July 24.
The Trent Community Association is organizing the event to help celebrate the town’s birthday but also to raise money for park improvements, which is home to the Trent Pool.
The town board voted last week to help with financial costs because the event benefits the entire community. The town has dedicated $4,000 for the main entertainment and $1,500 for portable potties and garbage dumpsters.
The city will get sales tax from vendors and food trucks, for example, too.
Events, including a parade, will be held throughout the town, including entertainment at the ball diamond area. Organizers told the town board that groups from quite a distance are showing interest in being in the parade, including some as far away as Watertown and Aurora. Local 4-H groups, volunteer fire departments and the Flandreau Alumni band also are signing up to participate.
The group has made noticeable changes at the park since taking over last summer and volunteering to help so that the land wasn’t sold at auction. Camping spots have been added for long-term seasonal campers, and debris and brush has been cleaned up to make the space more usable for people who want to walk a trail, picnic or play at the park.
The association plans more cleanup days this summer and is hoping to add wood chips or some other material to the trail, said Tammy Wendell, one of the organizers. The town also will help with some mowing and is looking at encouraging a cleanup day in the rest of the community.
In other town meeting news,
•The board voted to increase rent at the Trent Gym from $100 the day of the event and $50 on days used for setup or teardown to $200 for the day of the event and $100 for each additional day, effective June 1.
Offsite rental of chairs and tables also increased to $50 from $35.
People who have rented the gym for wedding receptions and other events have said the town is not charging enough, said Kim Nelson, city finance manager. Renting the building also has some associated costs, including cleaning and paper products, she said.
Board president Jonathan Damm said the fee is probably still too low but is a step in the right direction. “I think it’s a good incremental adjustment,” he said.
•Board members looked as proposals from two contractors to do cement work and install an overhead door at the shop that the town bought to replace the condemned town hall and shop it recently sold at auction. Costs are projected to be about $33,000 for the work.
The board will ask for more specifics in writing from each contractor before deciding between the two businesses.
•The board approved a building permit for a new home inside a shop. It is the first new house permit that Trent has had in many years.
•The board reviewed last year’s finances with a report that showed there was $263,921 on hand at the end of 2020. Trent took in $182,923, which includes a loan for its new storage shed, and spent $134,166.
The sale of the former city hall property is not included in 2020 numbers. The city also has spent about $19,000 this year to build a city office in the Trent Gym, which has been completed.

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