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Princeton updates

City manager talks about ongoing projects

PRINCETON — Princeton’s new water treatment plant, needed street repairs and planned infrastructure work in the Bailey Subdivision were among the projects reviewed by Princeton City Manager Jeff Clawson at Monday’s Princeton City Council meeting.

Referring to a memo by Superintendent of Water Mike Eggers, Clawson said there are still some small software adjustments to be made at the new water treatment plant, located in the city’s technology park on the northeast edge of town. However, city residents have been drinking water from the new plant since late February, though the water is still being blended with water from the existing old water treatment plant, located at 3 N. Main St. The game plan is to have the old plant closed and the new plant permanently live by mid-June, Clawson said.

A preliminary list of needed street repair projects is being completed by him and Street Superintendent Steve Wright, Clawson said. The projects will be paid through Motor Fuel Tax funds and will include work like patching, asphalt improvements and seal coating. The preliminary list will have to approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation before the city can move forward with the work.

Concerning the Bailey Subdivision, Clawson said approximately 80 percent of the residents in the subdivision attended a special meeting last week with the council to hear an update on planned water main and wastewater upgrades for the subdivision. Engineering work should be completed in coming weeks. An email site has been established with those residents to keep them informed of the progress.

As reported earlier in the Bureau County Republican, 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. The needed work should be completed by late fall/winter of 2014.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the council unanimously approved the reappointment of Terry Himes to the Princeton Police and Fire Board, with his term to expire Aug. 1, 2016, and the reappointment of Gary Bruce to the Perry Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, with his term to expire April 30, 2019.

Mayor Keith Cain said he still has another opening on the hospital board, following the retirement of Roger McCabe from the board. Persons interested in serving on the board should contact him or Clawson at City Hall.

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