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Making quick work of annual meeting

Reluctant moderator runs rapid meeting, returns compensation

Eric "Spud" Balensiefen (left), Princeton Township road commissioner, speaks at Tuesday evening's annual town meeting. Balensiefen said he intended to trade in a 2006 lawn mower for a newer model.
Eric "Spud" Balensiefen (left), Princeton Township road commissioner, speaks at Tuesday evening's annual town meeting. Balensiefen said he intended to trade in a 2006 lawn mower for a newer model.

PRINCETON – It took only about seven minutes to conduct Princeton Township’s annual town meeting Tuesday evening before a dozen attendees.

“It’s good to see everybody here,” Township Clerk Ted Johnson said after leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

“It’s nice to have some extra bodies. Thanks for coming,” he said.

The highlight of the evening might have been the election by acclamation of a reluctant moderator, former Princeton City Council member Bob Warren.

Warren accepted the role only after his attempt to nominate Fred Pierson died for lack of a second.

Those attending the meeting then agreed upon a $25 payment to Warren for his time spent as moderator.

After being properly sworn in by Johnson, Warren conducted the meeting in rapid fashion.

• Minutes from the April 11, 2017, annual town meeting were approved.

• The dates, times and location of regular monthly township board meetings for fiscal year April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019, were approved.

Meeting dates for the next 12 months are April 24, May 29, June 26, July 31, Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 27, Dec. 26, Jan. 29, Feb. 26 and March 26; meeting times are 5 p.m.; and the location is the township building at 235 E. Railroad Ave. in Princeton.

• Warren announced the next annual town meeting will be at 6 p.m. April 9, 2019, in the township building.

• Under “Reports and Discussions,” Eric “Spud” Balensiefen, Princeton Township road commissioner, announced he intended to trade in a 2006 lawn mower for a newer model.

Warren then sought and received a motion, second, and voice-vote approval to adjourn.

Having completed his task, Warren said, “I want it to go on record that the $25 fee you’re paying me goes back to the township.”

And with that, the 2018 Princeton Township annual town meeting was history.

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