Community Development Director/Zoning Administrator Carie Fuhrman said she is still working on possible changes for the city’s new sign ordinance to accommodate concerns by clubs about having to pay a permit fee to put up a temporary sign. Fuhrman learned that various cities give a waiver to nonprofits for this, citing Albertville, Blaine, Clearwater, Elk River, Monticello and Rosemount. The cities of North Branch and Ottertail do not charge a fee for having a temporary sign or even require a permit for one. Blaine requires that the nonprofit have the formal 501(c)3 classification for a fee waiver.
Council member Dick Dobson said he would like to see any fee waiver for Princeton include the 501(c)3 requirement.
Organizations would still have to get the permit even if there is not a fee, Fuhrman said.
Prepare airport projects
The council authorized SEH consulting engineer Joel Dresel to obtain bids for various airport improvement projects in Princeton should federal grant money come through to fund 90 percent of their cost. A memo from city administration stated that last year when grant money became available, the city was unable to use it because it couldn’t supply bids fast enough during the amount of time left before deadline.
Partial payment for wastewater project
The council approved paying $434,936.75 to Rice Lake Construction Group as a partial payment for its work to expand the city’s wastewater plant. The project, which will triple the plant’s processing capacity, is more than half done.
OK to seek grant
The council authorized the city to apply for a Historic Building Inventory Grant of up to $7,000 that would give a profile of downtown buildings. This would include roof shapes, architectural styles, materials, building integrity and more. The city has been told that it would need this before it could apply for a grant to draw up plans for improving old downtown structures.