The Princeton City Council met in regular session Monday night at the Tourism Center in downtown Princeton.

After the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer Mayor Danny Beavers called the meeting to order. City Clerk Julie Key was absent so Deputy City Clerk Jenny Clark called roll. City Attorney Todd Wetzel was also absent.

The council then unanimously approved the minutes from the February 5th meeting and Mayor Beavers presented the check register to pay bills as presented.

The meeting then moved to committee and department reports. The council heard from the Princeton Police Department, the Princeton Fire Department, the ABC Council, Code Enforcement Board, Water Commission, Electric Plant Board, and the Airport Board. Public Works Director David Sullenger then addressed the council stating that Spring Pick-Up will begin on Monday, March 19th at 7AM. Everyone who will have things to be picked up must have them ready by then. Items are limited to a pickup truck load and EPA passable, so no paint, tires, etc.

Community Economics Director (formerly known as the Main Street Manager) Dakota Young then addressed the council about available grants for recycled rubber to be used throughout the town. Rubber can be used for many projects including playgrounds, walking trails, sidewalks, and more. He mentioned that perhaps the city could replace the shredded rubber at the Princeton Park with a finer rubber that is mixed with a bonding agent to give it a smooth surface. However, the city can decide to do whatever it so chooses. The grant application isn’t due until April but whatever project the city decides to do must be completed by the end of the year.

Mayor Beavers then gave his Mayor’s Report in which he stated that he is beginning to look at formulating the budget for the upcoming fiscal year and is attempting to figure out why the city’s income hasn’t been growing for the past few years.

The meeting then moved to unfinished business of which there were two items. The first item of unfinished business was the second reading of Ordinance 02-05-2018-1 which concerned a budget amendment to cover the director of finance vacancy and the purchase of new accounting software. The budget amendment will be an increase in general expenditures of $14,264, an increase in prior year reserves of $6,570, a decrease in other public works expenditures of $2,694, and a decrease in reserves for contingencies of $5,000. After much discussion between the council and Stacey Boone, Finance Consultant to the City, a roll call vote was taken. Three councilmembers were in favor, three against. Mayor Beavers broke the tie in favor of, therefore the ordinance passed.

The last item of unfinished business was the second reading of Ordinance 02-05-2018-2 which concerned a codification update. Every five years the city must update it’s Code of Ordinances through the American Legal Publishing Corporation in order to stay compliant with federal law. After a roll call vote the council unanimously approved the ordinance.

The meeting then moved to new business of which there was only one item, an update on the TAP Sidewalk Grant, which is in the amount of $147,600. Sealed bids for the project will be opened by the council on March 7th and construction will hopefully begin in mid to late April.

Mayor Beavers then called for adjournment, and after a motion and second the meeting adjourned. The next regular session Princeton City Council Meeting will be held on Monday, March 5th and is open to the public.