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    Ryan Perry

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Experience 8 years of service on Trenton City Council 6 years of service on Trenton Parks board
Education Edgewood High School
Trenton has a budget that is highly reliant on the citizens for the city's budget. We as a community need to broaden our tax base by attracting large employers into our industrial park. We have added Couches to Trenton in the recent past but at least one other large employer is needed. Since the sale of a large part of the industrial park, in addition to paying a large amount of that park off, we have been able to reinvest the money into improving its infrastructure. Because of the improvements that have been made to the industrial park we are getting a lot of interest from large employers that I believe will provide some relief for our tax payers.
I believe the 2 years of attending council meetings before I began to serve on City Council and the 8 years that that I have served give me a lot of experience and knowledge of the inner workings of the City of Trenton. I also make myself very easily accessible by being at all of the Trenton Parks events and doing most of my everyday purchases within the city. In addition to my experience with the City of Trenton, at my day job I am required to make very stressful and important decisions that help my decision making process when faced with establishing the direction of the city.
The most important thing that the City of Trenton can do to help the community long term is to continue to invest in improvements in the industrial park. Attracting a large employer will lessen the reliance on tax payers to sustain our budget and provide the services that citizens expect. One of the biggest challenges that we face is access to major road ways from our city. I believe unless something major changes the plan for a Trenton bypass isn’t realistic at this time. Trenton should begin to look at freeing up the funds that have been set aside for the bypass, and with the addition of some state grants, make another way around Trenton. By creating another route around Trenton industrial traffic and traffic passing through town can bypass our downtown. This will create an easy route for trucks to access the interstate and relieve congestion.
It seems that one of the major complaints that I hear is about the water rates within the city. I would like to attract a major water user to the city so that the cost of running the water plant is shared by a large business. An alternative to a large water user is to make Trenton’s water and sewer attractive to people living outside of the city limits. We as Council have explored this idea and discussed some plans but I believe going forward with this is a priority. As chair of the Parks Board I want to make citizens life better by continuing to host events that make people proud to live in the city. I am happy to say that this year was the most successful year we have had in the park. Midpoint library sponsored four concerts, four movies were shown on Saturday nights, and of course the successful Fall Festival which set a new standard for parks events.
I believe the City of Trenton is heading into a very exciting time both economically and socially. Many businesses are taking notice of what we have to offer them and are seriously looking at the city. I also am very excited at the community events that we are beginning to offer at little to no burden to the tax payer. I am honestly more excited about serving the city than when I began on council and I would be honored to continue.