‘Extremely frustrated and upset’

John Brannen
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Trenton Mayor Glen MacKinnon accepted the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at Trenton Council meeting on Feb. 12.

TRENTON – Closures affecting the Town of Trenton by Nova Forge and NSLC have sparked the ire of Trenton’s Town Council.

Mayor Mayor Glen MacKinnon read statement that indicated council’s shock and frustration.

“Our Main Street has been reduced to a few businesses over the years,” it read. “Trenton Council was taken by surprise when the [NSLC] announced it would be closing its Trenton store.”

The store closed its doors permanently on Jan. 27.

The mayor said the council had met with representatives of NSLC as recently as Nov. 19, 2012 and no indication was given the store was in danger of closing.

Terri Mosher, external communications manager for the NSLC indicated the primary reason for the stores’ closing was financial.

“Since about 2007 sales have declined about 26 per cent,” she said.

Sales in the fiscal year ending March 2007 at the store were $2.1 million, but for the fiscal year that ended March 2012, they had dropped to $1.6 million. Some years in between had dropped as low as $1.4 million, Mosher said.

Council said their plans to revitalize Trenton’s Main Street, imitated in 2006 are now in jeopardy.

“Council is extremely frustrated; this business has been a part of Trenton since 1958. This is a Crown corporation that closed its doors to the taxpayers of Trenton.”

The mayor also noted council’s anxiety with the closure of the Nova Forge on Jan. 8.

Financial pressures, competitor’s access to cheaper energy and a fire in January 2012 sealed the fate of the forge.

“Council was not involved or engaged in that decision,” said MacKinnon. “Nonetheless, we’ll be looking into what’s next for the property and other assets.”

Earlier in the meeting and on a more jubilant note, Mayor MacKinnon received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. 

"I'm very thankful to have been recognized with this medal," he said.

 

Organizations: Town Council, Trenton Council

Geographic location: TRENTON

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  • slow painful decline
    February 15, 2013 - 08:23

    Trenton and Pictou County are just like the declining rust belt or coal mining towns of Pennsylvania and Ohio.... You build an economy around a single metal-fabricating or coal mining industry and then the global economic winds shift and the company folds or moves to Mexico or China. If this was 50-100 years ago, people would have moved to where new work was and Trenton would have folded and the homes abandoned - just like Londonderry or Joggins or Malagash. The place is bleeding red ink and its tax revenue is collapsing while the demands for services remains the same or higher. Trenton is going to cease to exist as a separately incorporated town within the next decade. It just depends how long the residents want to prolong the pain. That $60m from the province to try to keep TrentonWorks going was a nice gesture but it was an expensive way to put off making some difficult but necessary decisions. When will council start facing the reality?

  • Stellarton Resident
    February 14, 2013 - 09:08

    What huge growth path are you talking about? IF your talking about the growth in Taxes because of the influx of Central, Home Hardware, Access Nova Scotia. Remember these businesses were all paying taxes in NG or the County nothing new in revenue. They can’t even find people to move into brand new retail square footage???. The only new businesses were a Animal food store and Subway… wow that is our growth path? Taxes from one Subway restaurant is that the growth? It is time that the “old people” yes I said it. Stop making decisions that are based on a pride and territorial lines. Stellarton has the worst water in the county. Boarderline toxic but there is a still a study waiting to be done. Trenton is going Bankrupt New Glasgow is losing all their business to the lower tax rates of Stellarton, also incase anyone hasn’t looked the new décor on the Westside of a realtor signs on every lawn is alluring to home seekers. Westville is doing the best they can but are on the verge of being sustainable and bankrupt. SO if we amalgamate. We: • Save on 3 town council salaries, offices and some admin (we know it the admin staff that actually accomplish most tasks) • Merge four police forces together and save on admin costs, training facilities and stations and jails. Nobody wants there to be less police… just one united force looking out for everyone. • Fire Stations – See Police Stations above • and ….. Everyone needs to step back and think do we want to leave our kids with a mess? Or a well run organized unified county that starts looking at competing with Halifax, Truro, Antigonish instead of competing with ourselves. Everyone knows each town has unique strengths between access to water or assets or infrastructure… add all the various festivals in each town… just maybe we won’t be voted the worst place to live…. Just maybe…

  • Trenton Villager
    February 14, 2013 - 01:30

    What a joke... "revitalize Trenton’s Main Street, imitated in 2006 are now in jeopardy." says the Mayor Glen MacKinnon. It's been jeopardy for many years. It's now a ghost town with no services to speak of for the taxpayers in this town. Time to consider the town of Trenton as a "Village" for reduced tax rates for all tax payers concerned in this so called Town. People in the county have more services than the Town of Trenton offers and at a much lower tax rate. Residents of Trenton should protest for what they are paying for? Along with what they are NOT getting in return for the high tax dollars paid in this town to keep the Administration staff employed.

  • Former pictou county boy.
    February 13, 2013 - 19:55

    Buy yourselves a cowboy hat and come west, get it over with.

  • Concerned Citizen of Trenton
    February 13, 2013 - 17:57

    Think the Mayor should be also concerned that we are the "only" town within Pictou County that does not have a bank, gas station, grocery store or NSLC. High Shools are gone; Shoppers & Needs are the worst in the county. We should be paying "Village taxes" for non-services that we receive in the Town of Trenton. Trenton's tax rate is one of the highest in the county...time for taxpapyers to question what services they are paying for?!?

    • Marsha
      February 14, 2013 - 08:33

      I'm sure lots of people in the town of trenton feel EXACTLY! The same way !!!

    • In The Know
      February 16, 2013 - 18:57

      Your: - (clean) water - sewage piped away from your house - garbage removed - roads plowed - safe/clean schools - paved roads and sidewalks - a fire department, police services - etc. , etc. , etc. ...

  • watchdog
    February 13, 2013 - 16:47

    The reason for the poor economy is world wide, "Big Business" there is not competition for pricing. There are very few small buisness who can keep their head above water. The concentration of wealth that allows small groups of people around the world to control governments is why we are on the brink of world wide economic disaster. Consevatism is the devils tool. people who vote that way are the devils fools.

  • Niels Planck
    February 13, 2013 - 16:09

    The petty territorialism of the towns and county councils will ensure that we who would like for there to be future for Pictou County never see this happening. Six municipal governments for 50,000 people is outrageous. I went to the University of Toronto which has a larger population and budget than all of Pictou County and managed on far fewer "bosses". Toronto, with over 2 million people has about the same number of elected representatives as we have here. Currently there are some controversies in Toronto but that's not the point. It's beyond belief that these "thinkers" and "leaders" can't agree to amalgamation. Yes, vote yourselves out of jobs. Do us all a favour. One mayor, one council, one fire department, one police department. Easy.

  • red red whine
    February 13, 2013 - 15:55

    Amalgamation is likely a bunch of drunks staggering out a bar to drunk to walk home all leaning on each other. Why the heck would Stellarton with a huge growth path business wise wish to join New Glasgow and Trenton that are on downward skids Arthur Daily ?

  • Johnny smoke
    February 13, 2013 - 11:56

    Now is the time to put out tenders for hitching posts, water troughs, and hay dispensers. Trenton is no different that the rest of the uptown towns, they have priced themselves out of the commercial market with their high taxes on both residential and commercial properties. There seems to be a lot of bluster when a booze store closes, but very little when a backbone industry does the same. Maybe they too could investigate the jamboree business, as according to the New Glasgow town hall millions are there just for the picking, that is if it not all eaten up in salaries and benefits for those making such nonsense claims.

  • Arthur Daily
    February 13, 2013 - 10:14

    The econmy is the reason for all the closers in Trenton and all over Nova Scotia there is no blame. It is time for amalgamation the upper towns are in danger of the falling econmy. The cost of running the towns is growing and with people going west there has to be amalgamation for survival of the towns of Pictou County. Plan for the future and stop trying to find blame for poor econmy.