The council approved a consent agenda that included giving a permit to Kenneth Veilier to sell Georgia peaches on two days this year in city limits. It also approved a step-3 pay increase for liquor store employee Matt England, going from $11.57 to $12.39 per hour effective June 18, 2012.
The council accepted the resignation of Ernest Sanborn from the Princeton Housing and Redevelopment Authority board which oversees the operation of the Oaks Apartments. His term would have ended on Dec. 31, 2013.
Acceptance of donations
The council accepted four donations, totaling just over $1,804, for the civic center rehabilitation project. One was for $50 from Allen and Maureen Gould, the second was $500 from Princeton Used Clothing Center, the third was from anonymous individuals involved with the Rum River Festival street fair this past June 9, and the fourth was $1,200 from the Princeton Fire and Rescue Relief Association.
Vendor fee ordinance proposal
The council introduced an ordinance that would amend the fee schedule for vendors/transient merchants. The current fees are $30 for five consecutive days throughout the year or a $250 annual permit fee.
City clerk Katie Hunter noted receiving two requests this year from vendors wanting to sell twice in a year on two different weekends. Under the current setup the only way to do that would be to pay the $250 annual permit fee. The proposed ordinance, Hunter explained, would establish a new fee of $50 for which a vendor could get a permit to sell a product five times in any three-month period during a year.
What to do about water line
The council, after a discussion with consulting engineer Mike Nielson, decided to check to see how much the Princeton PUC might be willing to share in the cost of replacing a water line section which would require reconstructing the street. The new water line would run along Third Street South between Rum River Drive and Fourth Avenue and replace the section of water line that had broken there last winter. Nielson recommended replacing the section of sanitary sewer main there, noting that the sewer manholes are fragile, old brick ones that could collapse during street excavation. He said he is worried about the long-range durability of those manholes and the section of 45- to 54-year-old sewer main there. With curb, gutter, sidewalk, sewer and water main work, the whole project would cost about $349,000, according to Nielson. He said there would be some assessment to benefitting property owners once it was done.
Council members expressed hesitancy to run the project this year due to not enough money in the city sewer fund. Mayor Jeremy Riddle said he hopes the current 3/4-inch galvanized water line there can last another 12 months while some money builds in the city sewer fund.