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

After calling the meeting to order Mayor Danny Beavers led those assembled in the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer before City Clerk Julie Key called roll.

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

The council then heard committee and department reports from the Princeton Police Department, Princeton Fire Department, Public Works Department, ABC Council, Airport Board, and the Main Street Manager. Dickie Thomas, Code Enforcement Officer, then stood and addressed the council stating that in the past few months there have been 82 cases opened, 48 of which have been closed, and involved 160 violations, of which 87 have been closed. Councilmember Pat George, who sits on the Water Commission, then addressed the council to give an update on Princeton Water and Wastewater. The bridge in the Cantral neighborhood that had been removed has now been rebuilt and is stable. She also gave her thanks to the maintenance crew for quickly and efficiently handling a leak on Jeff Watson Road before it hindered service to customers. Councilmember Jim Joiner, who sits on the Princeton Electric Plant Board, then addressed the council telling them that PEPB will be joining with Madisonville to help those affected by recent hurricanes.

Mayor Beavers then gave his report stating that the Public Works Department will begin tearing down the fence at Princeton Park by the senior citizen center as their schedule and the weather allows. Immediately following the tear down, C&C Fencing will begin installing the new fence. Mayor Beavers then thanked the Public Works Department and the Princeton Optimist Club for a very successful Black Patch Parade and Festival. He then gave congratulations to Princeton Fire Chief Brent Francis for being appointed by Governor Matt Bevin to the 911 Advisory 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 the approval of Executive Order 2017-14 which concerned the appointment of Suzanne Hayes Davis to the Princeton Electric Plant Board with a term to expire September 1, 2021. After a motion and a second the council unanimously approved the appointment.

The next item of new business was the approval of Executive Orders 2017-15 and 2017-16 which concerned the reappointment of Sherman Chaudoin and Edward Schmidt to the Princeton Planning Commission with terms to expire October 1, 2021. After a motion and a second the council unanimously approved the appointments.

The next item of new business was the approval of Executive Order 2017-17 which concerned the reappointment of Dane Hodges to the Princeton Ethics Board with a term to expire July 16, 2021. After a motion and a second the council unanimously approved the appointment.

The next item of new business was the approval of Executive Orders 2017-18 and 2017-19 which concerned the reappointment of Jason Redfern and Judy Rousseau to the Princeton Board of Building and Housing Appeals with terms to expire June 1, 2021. After a motion and a second the council unanimously approved the appointments.

Then, after a motion by Councilmember Brian Conger and a second, the council unanimously approved to advertise for the accepting of bids for a Public Safety Building.

Councilmember Kelly Crisp then made a motion to allow Mayor Beavers to sign the application for the grant for the Big Springs Park Project. After a second the council unanimously approved. The deadline for the grant application is the beginning of October.

Mayor Beavers then called for a motion to adjourn into an executive closed session to discuss personnel matters concerning the opening for Director of Finance in the wake of Diane Knox’s passing. After a motion and a second the council unanimously approved adjournment into a closed session.

The next regular session Princeton City Council meeting will be October 2nd and is open to the public.

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