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Chain of command

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5:37 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5:55 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — Incomplete bills and the chain of command for commissioners came under question during Monday’s meeting of the Princeton City Council.

Commissioner Joel Quiram, who is the commissioner for the Department of Public Properties and Utilities, questioned a couple bills in his department which pertained to Phase 2 of the new water treatment plant project. One bill, to Vissering Construction, was for work completed but included a change order which Quiram didn’t know about previously. The other bill, to Farnsworth Engineering, was an itemized two-page bill, but only one page was included in the commissioner’s packet.

As commissioner of the water department, he said he should have known about the change order before seeing it on the bill; he also said he should have had the complete two-page Farnsworth bill to review. Quiram also questioned why the change order on the Vissering bill had already been approved by the mayor.

In response, Mike Eggers, superintendent of the Water Treatment Department, said it was an error that both pages of the Farnsworth bill were not included in the packet, but concerning the change order, Eggers said he did follow the approved chain of command, which was to contact the city manager about the change. With Mayor Keith Cain serving as acting city manager, Cain was the person he contacted, Eggers said.

Cain agreed, saying that is how the chain of command is handled in Princeton with its city manager-form of government. The city council still has the final approval for the bills, he said.

After further discussion, the council voted to remove the two bills from the packet for further review before acting on the bills at the next council meeting, even though the work had already been completed.

Quiram also questioned a $1,000 bill from Connecting Point for security cameras at the new water treatment plant construction site. That bill remained in the packet and was approved at Monday’s meeting.

In other business, Cain gave the April sales tax report, showing the city received $117,560 in its 1 percent share of sales tax, which was an increase of $1,565 over April 2011. The city also received $39,439 from its .05 percent non home rule tax in April, which was an increase of $816 over the previous April. Year-to-date, May through April, the city has received $1,659,600 from its 1 percent share of sales tax, which is an increase of $33,234 over the same time period in 2011. Year-to-date, May through April, the city has received $540,055 from its .05 percent non home rule tax, which is an increase of $16,596 over the same time period in 2011.

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