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Mabry: Snow time means clear sidewalk time

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 3:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 3:51 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Downtown merchants and property owners in Princeton are asked to remember to clear their sidewalks after snowfalls.

At Monday’s meeting of the Princeton City Council, Commissioner Ray Mabry commended city crews for their cleaning of streets during the recent snowfalls and also commended a school crosswalk guard for his work in clearing the sidewalk in his area. However, by late Monday afternoon, there were still some sidewalks which had not been cleared in front of businesses or vacant buildings on Main Street, specifically 13 places on South Main Street and five on North Main Street, Mabry said.

It’s important for merchants and building owners to have their sidewalks cleared after snowfalls, Mabry said. To help resolve that issue, he talked with Princeton High School administrator Jesse Brandt about the possibility of PHS students being able to use the sidewalk clearing for some of the students’ required community service hours, Mabry said.

Brandt was agreeable to this outreach for service hours and merchants or property owners who can’t get their sidewalks cleared could contact the high school to coordinate their sidewalk clearing, Mabry said.

“Winter has started early for us and we have to get this snow removal under control. It’s not fair to the merchants that do the snow removal, and others don’t,” Mabry said.

In other business, the council had first readings of five refinancing bond series ordinances, which are projected to save the city in the range of $320,000 in interest during the life of the bonds. The bonds deal with various infrastructure improvement projects, the Princeton Public Library bonds and the wastewater treatment plant. The council is expected to approve the bonds in January.

In action items, the city council approved a low bid of $39,811 from Bullington-Isaacson to do some exterior work at city hall, including trim base work, gutter and downspout work. The bid was one of two bids received for the project.

Commissioner Bob Warren reported the city issued three residential building permits in November, at a value of $5,376, as well as three commercial building permits, at a value of $24,099. So far this year, the city has issued a total of 74 building permits, at a total value of $5,044,898.

In comparison, the city issued a total of 72 building permits in 2012, at a value of $4,614,097. In the 2011 year, the city issued 98 building permits at a value of $4,159,211.

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