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 and City Clerk Julie Key called roll.

Mayor Beavers then welcomed special guest Tony Messaris, who would address the council later in the meeting. The council then approved the minutes from the June 4th meeting and Mayor Beavers presented the check register.

The meeting then moved to department and committee reports and the council heard from the Princeton Police Department, Princeton Fire Department, Public Works Department, ABC Council, Code Enforcement, Water Commission, Electric Plant Board, and the Airport Board. Finance Committee Secretary Stacey Boone then addressed the council stating that the city might experience some comments about upcoming changes in taxes. The new tax code will take effect on July 1st and will affect pool prices, tourism center rentals, and more, but because it’s a state law the city will have no say in the changes.

Mayor Beavers then gave his Mayor’s Report in which he mentioned that the council will advertise for paving bids after the first regular meeting in July. Mayor Beavers also gave his condolences in the passing of former Princeton City Council member, Ruby Jones.

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 06-04-2018-1, which concerns the budget for the City of Princeton for Fiscal Year 2019. According to the budget the city will receive $2,594,574 in taxes and $1,395,675 in various other revenue to equal $3,990,249. Of that, $2,038,089 would be spent on public safety, $1,055,640 would be spent on public works, and the remaining $896,521 would be used for general government expenses. After a roll call vote of four against and two in favor of, the budget failed. Mayor Beavers then asked each councilmember who voted no to explain their reasoning. One of the reasons councilmembers were against the budget was because they were unsure if a school resource officer for the Caldwell County School District was budgeted. Mayor Beavers stated that it was not currently budgeted because the city has yet to reach an agreement with the school district. Other reasons councilmembers were against the budget included health insurance changes, pension plan issues, and the fire station roof not being included in the budget. The council will now have to go back to the drawing board. Two special called meetings will be held on Thursday, June 21st, at 10AM and Monday, June 25th, at 5PM to vote on the revised budget.

The last item of unfinished business was the second reading of Ordinance 06-04-2018-2, which concerns the personnel pay plan for Fiscal Year 2019. The ordinance contained no raises for any appointed city officials. After a roll call vote of three against and three in favor of, Mayor Beavers broke the tie in favor of and the ordinance passed.

The meeting then moved to new business of which there were several items. Tony Messaris then addressed the council with a concern, he asked what the city does if a building is built without a building permit. Mayor Beavers and City Attorney Todd Wetzel stated that they will have to look into the issue.

The next item of new business was the first reading of Ordinance 06-18-2018, which concerns a budget amendment for Fiscal Year 2018. Financial Secretary Boone addressed the council stating that she realized the grant amount for the sidewalk project was not included in the amendment and per law it would need to be added. After a motion and a second the council decided to table the amendment so that it could be revised.

The next item of new business was to approve the request to advertise for bids on the fire station roof. Mayor Beavers stated that it was estimated the repairs would cost around $21,000. The estimated cost would only cover a new metal roof on the building. After a motion and a second the council unanimously approved to advertise for bids.

The next item of new business was to read and accept bids on two surplus Princeton Police Department cruisers. The city only received one bid for each cruiser, $1,068 for the 2010 Dodge Charger and $2,068 for the 2011 Dodge Charger. After a motion and a second the council unanimously approved the bids.

The last item of new business was to approve several executive orders. The orders concerned the appointment of six new members to the Princeton Recreational, Tourist, and Convention Commission. After much discussion a motion was made to adjourn into an executive session to discuss potential litigation surrounding the creation of the commission. After a second the meeting adjourned into closed session.

The next regular session Princeton City Council meeting will be held Monday, July 2nd and is open to the public.

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