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Council keeps its end of the bargain

City services headed to Bailey Subdivision

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 3:36 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 4:16 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The Princeton City Council is moving forward with the city’s commitment to extend city water and sewer service to the Bailey Subdivision.

At Monday’s meeting, the council approved a resolution to hire Wendler Engineering to do the design for the utility project in the Bailey Subdivision, at a cost not to exceed $80,000.

In further explaining the project on Tuesday, Princeton City Manager Jeff Clawson said the city annexed the Bailey Subdivision property into the city limits about five years ago with the understanding the city would extend benefits to the subdivision within a five-year period. Since the city’s timeline has also expired, the city needs to get the utilities to them as promised, Clawson said.

Wendler Engineering was hired to do the design work for both water and wastewater service, with that design work expected to be done in 30 to 45 days. Once the design work is finished, and assuming all easements have been granted, the city council will go out for bids to have the wastewater extension work done. However, the water main extension will be done by city personnel.

Describing the time frame for the construction work itself, the sewer mains as well as the water mains will all be built and completed by late fall/winter of 2014, Clawson said. All extensions should be completed in a three-to-four month time frame, weather permitting.

As far as any other similar projects needed elsewhere, Clawson said most everywhere within the corporate limits has water from the city, though there are a few isolated places which do not. The same would be true with the sewer utility. However, there aren’t any larger areas, like subdivisions, which lack these services within the corporate limits, he said.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the council passed resolutions abating the 2013 tax levy pertaining to the $842,000 general obligation bonds, alternate revenue source, Series 2009; to the $2 million general obligation bonds, alternate revenue source, Series 2007; to the $3 million general obligation bonds, alternate revenue source, Series 2006; and to the $2,285,000 general obligation bonds, alternate revenue source, Series 2003. The abatements are done on an annual basement.

Commissioner Bob Warren also presented the building permits for December and the entire 2013 year at Monday’s council meeting. For the monthly report, Warren said the city issued three residential building permits in December at a value of $7,611, and no commercial/industrial building permits.

The city issued a total of 77 building permits in 2013, from January through December, at a value of $5,052,509. In comparison, the city issued a total of 74 building permits in 2012 at a value of $4,769,797. The city issued 103 building permits in 2011 at a value of $21,145,111, which included $16,947,000 dealing with the city’s new water plant.

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