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Cain: ‘It’s a dangerous situation’

Princeton asks recyclers to not scrounge through items at center

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 3:39 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 3:41 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — People are not to be scrounging through items left at the Princeton Recycling Center.

That’s the message given by Princeton Mayor Keith Cain at Tuesday’s meeting of the Princeton City Council.

Cain said people are to get out of their vehicles to dump their recyclables and then get back into their vehicles and leave. They are not to be walking through the area.

“You are allowed to dump whatever is recyclable, but you’re not allowed to walk through there, pick out stuff and take the stuff out of there,” Cain said. “We stopped some people already, and it’s still being abused. We do not, and I stress do not, allow that. If someone gets hurt in there, our insurance company will have fits with us. We just can’t allow it. It’s a dangerous situation.”

Following the meeting, Cain said searching through items at the recycling center includes picking up empty boxes to use for packing or moving. That is not allowed. It is too potentially dangerous and a liability to the city, he said.

In a further update on the recycling center, Princeton City Manager Jeff Clawson said a demo camera was tested last week at the recycling center to see if it could work with the existing system, until new cameras could be installed. Also, a new sign, listing the recycling center’s rules, has been ordered and will go up within the next few weeks. New brochures for residents have been completed which detail acceptable items and rules for the recycling center.

In other business at Tuesday’s meeting, Clawson said field work has been completed on the storm sewer portion of the South Church Street’s sanitary sewer system project. The city will now move forward with further plans to get that project completed, likely by next spring.

Also, field work has been completed on the northeast section of town, and plans will be put together for Phase 1 of the sewer replacement project for that area, Clawson said.

Also, the council approved roof repair work at the Princeton Police Department building, accepting the lone bid of $31,350 from Bullington-Isaacson Construction. The three-week repair project would be accomplished next spring. If any patching was needed prior to that time, that work is included in the bid, Princeton Police Chief Tom Root said.

The council also approved an ordinance expanding the Bureau/Putnam Area Enterprise Zone to include five acres of land for an expansion of TCI Manufacturing in Walnut.

Commissioner Joel Quiram noted the ruts at the city’s new water treatment plant have not yet been filled, which needs to be done.

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