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, City Attorney Todd Wetzel was absent.

Mayor Beavers then welcomed special guests Amanda Davenport, newly named Lake Barkley Partnership Economic Development Director, and James Comer’s Field Representative Amelia Wilson and her intern, Jack Wilford.

The council then unanimously approved the minutes from the May 21st meeting and the special called meeting on May 29th and Mayor Beavers presented the check register to pay bills as presented.

The meeting then moved to department and committee reports and the council heard from the Princeton Police Department, the Princeton Fire Department, the ABC Council, the Code Enforcement Board, the Water Commission, the Princeton Electric Plant Board, the Airport Board and the Finance Committee. Public Works Director David Sullenger then addressed the council stating that crews will begin pouring the new sidewalks around town on Monday. He estimated that the work would take about three weeks, weather permitting.

Mayor Beavers then gave his Mayor’s Report in which he told those assembled that City Hall will be closed on Wednesday, June 6th, and Thursday, June 7th, because staff will be undergoing intense software training for the new software system. City Hall will reopen with regular business hours on Friday, June 8th.

The meeting then moved to unfinished business, of which there was none, so the meeting moved to new business. The first item of new business was to approve several executive orders. The first was Executive Order 2018-08 which was to appoint Mike Cherry to the Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Directors with a term to expire June 1, 2021. After a motion and a second the council unanimously approved the appointment. The next was Executive Order 2018-09 which was the reappointment of Todd Wetzel to the Princeton-Caldwell County Industrial Development Authority with a term to expire June 25, 2022. After a motion and a second the council unanimously approved the reappointment. The next executive orders dealt with the appointment of six members to the Princeton Recreational, Tourist, and Convention Commission. Before Mayor Beavers announced the appointments Councilmember Dakota Young addressed the council stating that recent legislation required tourist and convention commissions to be be registered with the Department of Local Government and that he was unsure if Princeton’s commission was registered. He stated that if the commission was not registered it would be easier to register them before appointing new members. After some discussion a motion was made to table the executive orders until the next regular session meeting to make sure the commission was properly registered. After a second the council unanimously approved to table the remaining executive orders.

The next order of new business was the first reading of Ordinance 06-04-2018-1, which concerns the budget for fiscal year 2018-2019. 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. The council will make a decision to accept the budget or go back to the drawing board during the next regular session meeting on June 18th.

The last item of new business was the first reading of Ordinance 06-04-2018-2, which concerns the personnel pay plan for fiscal year 2018-2019. The ordinance contained no raises for any appointed city officers. The council will make a decision on 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, June 18th, and is open to the public.

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