Tony Burriss

City Mayor

Message from the Mayor #4


School’s out and the summer has almost begun. I’m thinking June 1st is the meteorological beginning of summer. I remember as a kid June was definitely summer and it would last until we returned to school in September. Not so much anymore. But with that said, keep an eye out for young people on the streets more than usual. If we can get them to come outside, let’s try to keep them safe.


Since our Gibson County Visual Arts Society has taken their exhibit down, we have been extremely lucky to have photographic works by Pat Riley and Tori Becton displayed. There are many great photos for you to peruse in the lobby of City Hall. Come down and take a look at them.


I wonder how many people who live in Trenton have never seen or seriously looked at our world-famous collection of Velleuse-Theieres or antique night light teapots? I am sure I would be shocked to know. The 527 in the collection is the largest in the world and believe it or not, people from all over the world have come to see them. If you haven’t, what is stopping you?


Let’s get serious for a minute. Did you know that your front yard goes all the way to the street? Is there a sidewalk in front of your house? Your yard runs all the way to the street. Is there a ditch in front of your house? Your house runs all the way to the street. Cross the sidewalk, weed eat the ditch and mow all the way to the street. We will be sending a reminder to those who forget where their property ends. Did you also know, that according to Chapter 16-109, if you have a sidewalk in front of your house, it is your responsibility to keep it clean. That means dirt, mud, grass (both loose and growing) and anything else. We shouldn’t have to be sending out so many letters for grass mowing. We shouldn’t be sending out letters to pick the trash up out of your yard. Your yard is your responsibility. Rant over, let’s move on.


Here’s something that you don’t want to see. It is your neighbor’s vehicle parked in front of your house. I am lucky enough not to have such uncaring neighbors but some of you do. I have heard of 2 residents just this month that are looking to move out of Trenton because their neighbor parks their car or cars in front of their house. And when I went to check, both neighbors had driveways that were not being used.  If you don’t have driveway space, park in front of your own house. There is no law against parking legally on the street but a little common courtesy is in order.


If you are a Trenton business, do you have everything on your Facebook or Instagram page that a Trentonian needs to decide if they want to shop or eat with you? I am not an expert on this by any means, but I got a bug in my ear about this subject. The City truly wants you to be successful and grow your business and whatever you can do to help that along benefits all of us.


Juneteenth will be here soon and I am aware of some events that will be taking place on Juneteenth weekend. On June 16th, at the Pedestrian Park Downtown, a youth night celebration will be taking place featuring 2 Live Bre and Friends. There will be food trucks, vendors, youth performances and lots more. The event runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Bring your lawn chairs and have a great time. There will be other Juneteenth Celebrations happening that weekend so lookout for times and days.


These Mayoral Messages can also be read on our website. Also, the agendas for upcoming Council Meetings are posted by Friday before the meetings on Tuesday. There is some good stuff on the website, so go check it out.


One of the goals of the City Council and myself is to try and grow the population of Trenton. Let’s make this a town people want to live in. The vast majority of our citizens do a wonderful job of maintaining their property, abiding by our ordinances and doing their civic duties. Whether you know it or not, Trenton is a wonderful place to live. If you haven’t figured that out, you’re not trying hard enough. Until next time, God Bless you and God Bless Trenton.




City Recorder & Book Keeper
Leigh Ann Reynolds
Phone: (731) 855-2013 Email: [email protected]
City Hall
Chris Cobb
Phone: (731) 855-2013 Email: [email protected]
City Hall
Marie Cox
Phone: (731) 855-2013 Email: [email protected]



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