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home : news : local   February 6, 2016

2/6/2013 4:31:00 AM
City committee brainstorming for Darius Miller Park, depot lot plans


Bicentennial Street in Princeton, near Darius Miller Park, is currently barricaded.NewsTribune photo/Craig Sterrett
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Bicentennial Street in Princeton, near Darius Miller Park, is currently barricaded.
NewsTribune photo/Craig Sterrett
Craig Sterrett
News Editor



PRINCETON — Coming off of a lengthy budget planning and prioritizing meeting last week, Princeton City Council had a six-minute-long meeting Monday.

Orders of business included announcement of an altered garbage-collection schedule for Presidents’ Day two weeks from now, and the meeting topics did not include discussion of a committee’s efforts to improve both Darius Miller Park and parking areas at the Amtrak depot west of the park.

However, on a board in council chambers hung a sketch marked up in thick, variously-colored marker marks revealing that a committee was brainstorming last week, along with city manager Jeff Clawson, on ideas for possible changes to the park. One idea shown in the drawing was a re-shaping of the park, including elimination of some parking spaces and Bicentennial Street to the north edge of the park, and addition of grass there. Barricades currently close off Bicentennial Street.

One of the priorities, however, likely will be paving gravel portions of the depot lot, repaving paved portions and adding striping for parking spaces. Any work around and in the depot would need to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, Clawson said after the formal council meeting.

Engineer Kevin Heitz will be digesting the ideas and meeting again with committee members.

Ridership on Amtrak to and from Princeton has doubled in the past seven years to about 106 people per day, Princeton zoning officer Pete Nelson said before Monday’s meeting. With Amtrak considering adding more trains, the city has reason to prepare for the potential of more passengers, both Clawson and Mayor Keith Cain said after the meeting.










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