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Water treatment plant open house

Area residents can tour the new facility

PRINCETON — Princeton area residents will get a chance on Saturday to tour the city’s new multi--million dollar water treatment plant.

In his report at Monday’s Princeton City Council meeting, Princeton City Manager Jeff Clawson said Saturday is the scheduled open house for the new water treatment plant, located in the Princeton Technology Park on the northeast edge of town. Guided tours will be given of the entire facility, and questions will be answered, he said.

The new plant has a four million gallon per day capacity, compared to the old water treatment plant’s 1.58 million gallon per day capacity. Groundbreaking and construction on the new $20 million water treatment project began in November 2011. The two-story section of the building, 68 feet wide and 210 feet long, houses the processing plant. The one-story section of the building, about 3,000 square feet, houses offices and a garage.

Clawson also reported Monday the city is continuing its work on its comprehensive plan, which has been an ongoing project for the past several months. After input from city staff and advancement of the new plan to the public, the new comprehensive plan will be brought to the council for final review and approval.

The current comprehensive plan was prepared in 2003 for a 10-year period, Clawson said Tuesday. The comprehensive plan tries to cover anything that relates to future growth. In doing that, the plan looks at the city’s history, demographics in a number of areas, bike trails, growth, manufacturing, retail business, parks and recreation, public recreation, transportation, infrastructure, housing and schools.

The comprehensive plan is a tool and a guideline for future growth, a roadmap to assist with planning and implementation, Clawson said, adding if a city’s comprehensive plan has an aspect addressed and a grant becomes available, it helps to sell the grant.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the council approved, on a 3 to 1 vote, an ordinance allowing retail sales in a B-3 business district by special use permits. Commissioner Bob Warren cast the no vote. Commissioner Ray Mabry was absent.

On Tuesday, Warren said he voted against the ordinance because he thinks it will make it difficult for the Princeton Plan Commission to disallow a certain business in a B-3 District in the future. However, the council and city attorney seem to think the Princeton Plan Commission can still pick and choose, but in his opinion, that could lead to some arbitrary decisions, Warren said.

Also at Monday’s meeting, Mayor Keith Cain requested an update from the city manager on the summer street projects. The Farnsworth Group is finishing up bid specifications and hopefully bids can go out within the next couple weeks, hopefully to be awarded in the next 30 days or so.

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