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Old recycling center remains property of the city

The fate of the city of Princeton’s former recycling building at North Main Street and East Railroad Avenue, near the railroad tracks, was not determined in 2018.

City officials initially had hoped to sell the building for $104,800 and discussed but failed to reach a consensus in June on two offers for the structure.

One proposal came from Promier Products, a new flashlight business in Princeton, which wanted to use the building as a warehousing facility.

The second proposal came from Princeton High School, which wanted to use the building as a bus barn. PHS later chose not to pursue purchasing the building, according to city council member Ray Mabry, who spoke at the Oct. 1 city council meeting.

The city received a third business proposal in August for the purchase of the building, but by then, according to discussion at a city council meeting, it became evident Princeton could no longer afford to move out of the building.

It was chock full of city-owned equipment that would have to be moved elsewhere, but unforeseen city costs meant there was no extra money in the budget to spend on fixing up other city properties to use for storage.

Equipment for the electric department and two antique fire engines are among the items stored there.

At the Oct. 15 city council meeting, Princeton Mayor Joel Quiram announced a new strategy. He named council member Jerry Neumann to head up a planning session that was tasked with finding a new home for the city equipment being stored in the former recycling center building.

That effort should help the city come up with a viable plan by next fiscal year, which begins May 1, 2019, so that it can put the building back on the market to sell.

Quiram said he asked Neumann to bring a plan to the council no later than the second meeting in January 2019, which is when planning for next fiscal year begins.

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