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home : news : north central illinois   May 24, 2016

10/8/2013 6:33:00 AM
Princeton working to prevent sewer backups

Katlyn Rumbold
Princeton Bureau Chief

PRINCETON — An updated sanitary/storm sewer plan, which identifies priority projects, is now available at City Hall following a city council meeting Monday evening.

Earlier this fall, a Farnsworth Group Inc. representative presented the drainage project report for the Bureau County Metro Center area, as well as the Dover Road and Euclid Avenue areas to the council, but after further questioning, flaws in the plan became apparent. Certain flooding areas were overlooked.

The council addressed those questions by taking immediate action and the people of Princeton have been pleased with the progress thus far. City Manager Jeff Clawson was pleased to report some projects on the list have already been completed.

“In the Greencroft area, improvements to hopefully help the backflow of sanitary into people’s basements is in the process of being measured. There is no reward of that apparatus until it gets installed later this fall. The manhole in that area has also been problematic and that has been sealed so that project is done,” said Clawson. “We have been working with engineers on the Dover Road inlets and those are nearing sign-off.”

The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of fall.

In other sewer news, he city conducted plot testing of the primary sanitary sewer system and found some problematic areas. City officials have designed a long-term plan of replacing those sewers and identifying where the leaks are. Commissioner Raymond Mabry made a motion to approve the two sanitary sewer smoke testing proposals: proposal No. 1, 24-inch cross town sanitary sewer trenchless technologies, and proposal No. 2, high priority sewer lines trenchless technologies. A motion passed with a roll call vote. Clawson emphasized the funding for the project will come out of increased revenue that is going to be generated over the next six months due to a change in revenue structure of the sewer fund.

Council OKs ambulance purchase
Also Monday,
Commissioner Ray Swanson made a motion to approve the purchase of a new ambulance. The motion carried with a roll call vote. The new ambulance will be acquired from North Central Emergency Vehicles, Plainfield, and will cost about $125,000. The old ambulance has high mileage and reliability issues.

Katlyn Rumbold can be reached at (815) 879-5200 or

Public transit agency to lease part of depot

During the Princeton City Council meeting, commissioner Robert L. Warren made a motion to the Bureau-Putnam Area Rural Transit lease agreement of the Amtrak Depot. The motion carried with a roll call vote. BPART will be open during office hours. Clawson said it will be a good move for the building. Basic Amtrak services will be provided on weekends and evenings. BPART will pay the city $500 per month rent for use of the facility and in return BPART is asking for a $1,200 per month payment to provide services described in the lease. Based on the costs the city has now, the city will be able to provide the needed coverage and pay the monthly stipend to BPART for the dollars that are being expended now.

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