The Princeton City Council conducted the following business at its July 20 meeting. This report was written by Joel Stottrup.
The council approved Scott Berry’s request to have certain street sections in downtown Princeton closed from noon until 11 p.m. Friday, July 25, for the annual block party.
The temporarily closed sections will be on Rum River Drive between Second Street North and Second Street South and on First Street from Sixth Avenue North to Fourth Avenue South.
The council also approved a request by Princeton Elim Care & Rehab Center to close off the block of Eighth Avenue just west of the Caley House for Elim’s 28th annual Elim Fest Aug. 17.
City gets computers
The council approved Community Development Director Carie Fuhrman’s request to spend $2,465 to clean information off 29 computers that the city’s economic development authority received from Rum River Health Services that was based in Princeton. RRHS, which closed and filed for bankruptcy, had received a loan from the EDA’s revolving loan fund, with RRHS computers put up as collateral. RRHS defaulted on the loan, and so the computers went to the EDA.
Disadvantaged business goal for airport
The council held a short public hearing and then approved a city goal of 3.4 percent for the amount of its airport construction contracting that will be handled by disadvantaged business enterprises in projects that get federal funding. This will be for the fiscal period 2014-16. City Administrator Mark Karnowski explained that to get Federal Aviation Administration funding for airport improvement projects, the city must set a disadvantaged business enterprises, or DBEs, goal.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s DBEs programs exist to ensure that small DBEs can compete fairly for federally funded transportation projects.
Appointment of election judges
The council approved the following judges for the city precinct during either the Aug. 12 primary or the Nov. 4 general election or for both: Marilyn Trunk, Lori Akers, Jane Hanson, Don Britt, Maureen Gould, Norma Stay, Anne Stevenson, Joan Quickstrom, Carol Whitcomb, Ann Bien, Diann Boser, Vickie Lind, Meilan Haehn, Fran Howard, Evelyn King, Jo Seifert and Delores Topliff.