City Council Briefs: April 24 meeting

The Princeton City Council conducted the following business at its April 24 meeting. Written by Joel Stottrup.

 

VFW poppy proclamation

The council passed a resolution urging “all patriotic citizens” of the community to recognize the merits of helping disabled and needy veterans and widows and orphans of deceased veterans by purchasing Buddy Poppies May 16-17 from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and to wear the paper poppies.

 

Recognizing Cub Scouts

The council passed a resolution thanking and recognizing 13 Cub Scouts in Princeton Pack 116 for building wood duck houses with the help of parents and leaders and installing them in city parks. The council presented a certificate of recognition to each of the Cub Scouts.

 

Sell police and fire equipment

The council approved a request from Police Chief Brian Payne on behalf of his department and Princeton Fire and Rescue to sell or auction property the departments no longer need that had been in their former buildings.

The two departments moved out of their old structures earlier this year and into the city’s new public safety building located along 21st Avenue south of First Street on the west side of the city. The items include desks, office chairs, file cabinets, unclaimed or abandoned property, phones, a copier, squad car wiring and equipment, printers and TVs. Cashco/4-bid is the auction company being used, the same one that has auctioned police forfeit vehicles in the past.

 

Referendum presentation 

The council and audience heard a presentation at the start of the council meeting from school Superintendent Julia Espe on the May 20 school district referendum. Espe also fielded questions, including one on what is to be done with South Elementary if the referendum passes. Espe answered that an attempt will be made to sell it before it would be considered for demolition and that the bonding requested in the referendum includes the cost of disposing of the elementary school.

Another question was what will the school board do if the referendum, which is asking for $29,955,000, fails. Espe said the board would have to try again to get the voters’ approval to deal with the overcrowding of South Elementary, which has all of its second grade in energy-inefficient portable classrooms rented at $115,000 per year.

The bonding would also pay for improvements at the high school and security throughout the district school buildings.

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