PRINCETON — The city plans to double its fees for commercial landscape and tree disposal on city properties.
The Princeton City Council on Monday approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the fees and limiting the diameter of the logs disposed of at the dump. Landscape and tree services will now be $4,000 a year, and lawn clippings will remain at $500 a year. Also, logs with a diameter exceeding 24 inches will be prohibited.
This ordinance impacts contractors only. Residential fees are not affected.
At Monday's meeting, City Manager Rachel Skaggs said the city decided last year to begin allowing contractors to dump at the city's brush pit for a fee.
"We evaluated it after a year and realized that we got a lot of brush and logs from private contractors that hauled stuff from all over the county or from different cities," she said. "So we decided to look at the fees to cover costs and limit the diameter of the logs. … We feel this is a good fee that will cover that."
Council member Jerry Neumann reassured the city doesn't plan to profit from the fees, but rather cover the costs of labor needed to take care of the brush.
Skaggs said a letter will be sent to contractors needing to renew their annual permits this year.
The change will go into effect after the council approves the second and final reading of the ordinance, which is planned at the next regular meeting on Monday, June 5.
Change in plans with parking lot behind The Kompany
Also Monday, Mayor Joel Quiram announced a change in plans for repaving the parking lot behind The Kompany this year.
At the last council meeting, members approved the lowest bidder, Advanced Asphalt, at a cost of $129,286.70 to repave the lot.
Now the city plans to place a binder on both the alley and parking lot and let it settle for a year before repaving the area. Next year, Quiram said, the city will then budget again to pave the parking lot and alley behind The Kompany, and also the parking lot behind Spoons restaurant.
Skaggs said she doesn't yet know how much the city wil save by placing only a binder on the lot this year, but said the city should be under budget with the change. She said she'd share the updated project costs when she has them.
In other news, the council:
• Denied a special use petition to place a gaming/waging facility in a leased portion of the Family Video building. The council followed the recommendation of the Princeton Plan Commission.
• Approved a resolution regarding an updated intergovernmental agreement between the city and Princeton Rural Fire Protection District.
• Approved a resolution regarding tourism services between the Chamber of Commerce and the city.
• Approved the reappointment of Rodney Lange to the Princeton Plan Commission for a three-year term.
• Approved the appointment of Jackie Davis to the Princeton Plan Commission for a three-year term.
• Heard Quiram publicly thank Steve Fowler, who has been quietly repainting the Oakland Cemetery fence as a volunteer.
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