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Measures being taken at Princeton Recycling Center

Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 1:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014 1:15 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — New signage and updated surveillance equipment can be expected at the Princeton Recycling Center to address the problem of unwanted junk drop-offs.

Those steps are not overly-aggressive but are also not cost-prohibitive, Princeton City Manager Jeff Clawson said at this week’s meeting of the Princeton City Council. The updated technology on the video surveillance cameras would allow for zooming up on license plate numbers and also on faces of the people to seek out individuals who are not following the rules at the recycling center.

In addition to proposing some new signage as well, Clawson also recommended the council consider staffing the recycling center at various times in the next couple months, so residents could have someone to go through their recycling items with them to make sure it is all acceptable.

“We know everyone values the recycling center, but they also have to understand that if we don’t get voluntary compliance, we will have to do something else, which may ultimately include shutting it down during certain hours,” Clawson said. “I think I can speak for the council saying they don’t really want to do that.”

Commissioner Ray Mabry said the city has made some good gains since the council’s last meeting. But still, when he went through the recycling center before Monday’s meeting, there were eight televisions, five computer monitors, six tires, two bags of clothes, a coffeemaker, a lawn fertilizer spreader and garden hoses at the center. In the nearby lawn yard waste pile, there were tires, a muffler, a bag of concrete mix, and a box of encyclopedias, among other things.

The televisions need to be removed from the recycling center and stored elsewhere, so people don’t think it’s an OK drop-off site, Mabry said. If things don’t improve after a couple months of more education and better signage, the next step would be to close the recycling center from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., he said.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the council heard from residents Laura Favia and Carolyn Stull who expressed their appreciation for the efforts taken by the mayor, city council, city manager and especially the street department for their work during the recent storm which helped so much with the back-up and flooded basement problems seen previously by city residents. The council also heard from a resident who did not think enough was being done fast enough to solve the problems.

In still other business, Clawson announced the retirement of Superintendent of Water Mike Eggers, effective Friday. Mayor Keith Cain appointed Sara Hudson to the Lovejoy Homestead Board.

The council also amended the Princeton City Code to put in a stop sign at Meadow and Prairie Lane so motorists traveling northbound on Meadow Lane will be required to stop.

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