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

After the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer, Mayor Danny Beavers called the meeting to order and City Clerk Julie Key called roll, Police Chief Chris King was absent.

The council then unanimously approved the minutes from the July 2nd meeting and Mayor Beavers presented the check register.

The council then heard various department and committee reports from the Princeton Police Department, Public Works Department, Code Enforcement Board, ABC Council, Water Commission, Electric Plant Board, Airport Board, and the Finance Committee. Fire Chief Brent Frances then stood and stated that work to replace the roof of the fire station would hopefully begin sometime in August. He also mentioned that the Princeton Fire Department recently attended training to get on the same page with law enforcement and other emergency management on how to handle active shooter situations. His hope is that all departments would be able to cohesively work together should the worst ever happen. Fire Chief Frances then mentioned that the fire department and the Princeton Water Department will be out flushing fire hydrants in town starting Monday, July 23rd, to determine flow and color code them accordingly.

Mayor Beaver’s then gave his Mayor’s Report in which he reminded the community that a part of Good Street would be closed beginning Tuesday, July 17th and going through Thursday, July 19th, so that crews could update the railroad crossing. Also, a portion of Varmint Trace will be closed Monday, July 23rd through Friday, July 27th, to do updates to that railroad crossing as well. Mayor Beavers also stated that the Waste Corporation of America, which is based in Houston, TX, bought out Freedom Waste and have promised that the service would improve. Freedom Waste will keep the name in Western Kentucky but will be controlled by WCA. He then mentioned that Mediacom will be closing their local office but will still have a maintenance crew to handle issues. He also reminded citizens to not blow grass into the street or gutters when mowing as the city does have an ordinance against it. Grass cuttings and all other yard waste left in the road and gutters can wash into the drainage system of the city and cause issues. Mayor Beavers asked that if any grass clippings or yard waste makes it’s way into the road and gutters to please blow it back into your yard or otherwise dispose of it.

The meeting then moved to unfinished business of which there were three items. The first item of unfinished business was the second reading of Ordinance 07-02-2018-1 which concerned the repeal of Ordinance 04-20-2015 which established a city officials training incentive program. The repeal would effectively eliminate the training incentive program due to current budgetary constraints. After a motion and a second and a roll call vote the council unanimously approved the repeal.

The next item of unfinished business was the second reading of Ordinance 07-02-2018-2 which concerned the issuance of $2,739,000 of Princeton Water and Sewer Revenue Bonds for the purpose of financing the cost of the construction of extensions, additions, and improvements to the existing water and sewer system. After a motion and a second and a roll call vote the council unanimously approved the ordinance.

The last item of unfinished business was the second reading of Ordinance 07-02-2018-3 which concerned an amendment of the Personnel Pay Plan. The ordinance will amend the Personnel Pay Plan as follows: the Fire Chief’s salary shall increase by 3.9 percent, the Assistant Fire Chief/Rental Property Inspector/Alcohol Beverage Control Administrator’s salary shall increase by 1.6 percent, the Public Works Director’s salary shall increase by 3.1 percent and the City Clerk’s salary shall increase by 5.3 percent. The amendment also raised the pay for Rank 2 for Public Works labor from $13.53 to $14.19 and raised the pay for Rank 3 for Public Works labor from $15.31 to $15.93. After a motion and a second and a roll call vote the council unanimously approved the ordinance.

The meeting then moved to new business, of which there were several items. The first item of new business was the opening of bids for the Water Department bond. The only bid the city received was from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Board in the an amount that would not exceed $2,739,000. After a motion and a second the council unanimously accepted the bid from the USDA.

The next item of new business was to approve two Executive Orders. The first was to appoint Rick Lewis to the Princeton Recreational, Tourist, and Convention Commission with a term to expire June 25, 2021. After a motion and a second the council unanimously approved the appointment. The second Executive Order was the reappointment of Adrian Boyd to the Princeton Ethics Commission with a term to expire July 16, 2022. After a motion and a second the council unanimously approved the reappointment.

The next item of new business was an update from the Paving Committee. Public Works Director David Sullenger then addressed the court stating that he and the Paving Committee had driven throughout the city and determined which roads they would like to pave, but an official decision won’t be made until they know for sure how much money will be allotted to the project.

The next item of new business was the approval of Resolution 07-16-2018 which concerned the Princeton City Council supporting the efforts of US Senator Mitch McConnell and US Representative James Comer to create a local, state, and federal partnership to protect the waterways of Western Kentucky by dealing with the overabundance of Asian carp. After a motion and a second the council unanimously approved the resolution. Mayor Beavers then reminded those in attendance of the Congressional Field Briefing Congressman Comer will hold on Friday, July 27th at 2PM at the Lyon Convention Center at Lee S. Jones Park in Eddyville. The purpose of the field briefing is to get the public’s input on solutions that will help resolve the issue.

The last item of new business was the first reading of Ordinance 07-16-2018-1 which concerned another amendment to the Personnel Pay Plan. The amendment was the change of pay for a Rank 6 Police Officer, which was originally miscalculated when added to the pay plan. The council will vote on the amendment to the Personnel Pay Plan during the next regular session meeting.

Mayor Beavers then entertained a motion to adjourn and after a motion and a second the meeting adjourned. The next regular session Princeton City Council meeting will be held on Monday, August 6th and is open to the public.

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