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, Princeton Mayor Danny Beavers called the meeting to order and City Clerk Julie Key called roll, Councilmember Alyson VanHooser was absent, as were Public Works Director David Sullenger and Fire Chief Brent Frances, who were both fighting a residential structure fire.

Mayor Beavers then welcomed special guests, Dan Odegaard, Caldwell Medical Center’s new CEO, and Greg Phillips from the Kentucky Association of Counties Finance Corporation.

The council then unanimously approved the minutes from the April 16th meeting and Mayor Beavers presented the check register to pay bills as presented.

The council then heard various committee and department reports from the Princeton Police Department, Princeton Fire Department, Public Works Department, ABC Council, Water Commission, Electric Plant Board, Airport Board, and the Finance Committee. Code Enforcement Officer Dickie Thomas then addressed the court stating that 116 code enforcement cases have been opened, 77 of which have been closed. Those 116 cases consisted of 214 total violations, of which 129 have been closed, leaving 85 open. Officer Thomas stated that the highest number of violations have had to deal with the accumulation of rubbish, dilapidated buildings, junk or inoperable vehicles, and overgrown weeds and vegetation, which have accounted for over half of the total violations.

Mayor Beavers then gave his Mayor’s Report in which he stated that he and the Finance Committee are still working on a budget to present to the council.

The meeting then moved to unfinished business, of which there was none, so the meeting moved to new business, of which there were several items. The first item of new business was to approve three executive orders. Executive Order 2018-04 deals with the re-appointment of Geneva Malone to the Dotson Park Board, Executive Order 2018-05 deals with the re-appointment of Dwight Martin to the Dotson Park Board, and Executive Order 2018-06 deals with the appointment of Carl Copeland to the Dotson Park Board to replace the seat left vacant by Gloria Walker, who moved out of city limits and can no longer serve on the board. All terms would expire in 2022. After a motion and a second the council unanimously approved the executive orders.

The next item of new business was a surplus property declaration from the Princeton Police Department of two Dodge Charger Police Pursuit cars. Though both have low milage they are nonoperational due to engine issues. After a motion and a second the council unanimously approved the surplus declaration.

The next item of new business was the first reading of Ordinance 05-07-2018 which deals with an amendment of the city’s code of ordinance pertaining to fees for permits and certificates. According to the amendment fees are now as follows: $300 for new residential construction, $50 for an addition to an existing residential structure, $500 for new commercial construction, $250 for an addition to an existing commercial structure, $1,000 for new industrial construction, and $500 for an addition to an existing industrial structure. The amendment also had the following additions: the application for Map Amendment is now $500, the application for Conditional Use is now $100, the application for Dimensional Variance is now $100, and applications for signs, fences, and other accessory additions is now $50. The council will vote on the amendments during the next regular session city council meeting.

The next items of new business were resolutions 05-07-2018-1 and 05-07-2018-2 which deal with Princeton Water and Wastewater’s loan through the USDA. The resolutions will move the loan into a Kentucky Association of Counties bond which would save the city and water department around $300,000. The resolutions would change only the financing company, not the lessee, which will stay as the city. After much discussion and clarification from Greg Phillips of the Kentucky Association of Counties Finance Corporation, Mayor Beavers called for a motion for both resolutions. After a motion and a second the council unanimously approved Resolution 05-07-2018-1. After a motion and a second the council approved Resolution 05-07-2018-2 with a four to one vote.

Mayor Beavers then asked if anyone else on the council had anything to add. Councilmember Kelly Crisp spoke up stating that he was still waiting to hear back about the TAPP grant on the Big Springs Park Project. Councilmember Brian Conger spoke up as well stating that the Farmer’s Market Committee is still waiting to hear back from the county about how much they will donate to the permanent pavilion project.

Mayor Beavers then called for 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, May 21st and is open to the public.

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