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PRINCETON — Will the $10,000 in liquidated damages (aka fines) from the water treatment plant from Vissering Construction be most wisely used for reconstructing the parking lot at the train depot?
Princeton City Council didn’t think that was necessarily the wisest decision during Monday evening’s city council meeting, even though the depot is one of the only points of interest people riding the rail may notice about Princeton. As good as a newly paved parking lot may sound, the council feels that there are more pressing matters.
“This community is a gateway for people coming into Princeton in ways of the train,” said Commissioner Raymond Mabry. “I am just so concerned about our streets, sanitation and storm sewers. In my opinion, I’d just hold off to see if anyone could put this money to use in our streets, sewers, or something of that nature.”
Many of the other commissioners, and Mayor Keith Cain, indicated there are better ways to spend the $10,000 in liquidated damages and the council voted to look into various projects the money could be spent on.
City manager Jeff Clawson reminded the council, “This was an option to consider the work that needs to be done in exchange for the liquidated damages from the water treatment plant contract.”
In other news: * The council approved the fiscal year budget 2014-15, which included the purchase of eight police department vehicles totaling $203,347.
* Jarod Doty took an oath of duty to serve as a firefighter/emergency medical technician in Princeton. He brings with him four years of experience as he worked on the Tampico Fire Department, before working part-time at the Princeton department.
* Terry Charbonneau was appointed to the Police Pension Board and Rodney Lange and Melissa Burrows both were re-appointed to the Plan Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals.
* The mayor proclaimed May to be motorcycle safety awareness month, and this Friday, April 25 as Arbor Day.
Katlyn Rumbold can be reached at (815) 879-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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