Bill Buzzo

Princeton Code Enforcement Director Bill Buzzo reviews a list of the 33 junked mobile homes that have been removed and recycled with city funds, rather than grant monies in this file photo.

Buzzo was honored during the recent Princeton City Council meeting.

PRINCETON — Princeton’s first Code Enforcement Director was recognized for more than 26 years of service to the city at Monday’s Princeton City Council meeting.

Although the meeting was via teleconference, Mayor David Graham said the city wanted to honor Bill J. Buzzo,Jr. for his service as CED from August 1993 to March 2020 when he retired.

“He did an excellent job in making Princeton a much safer and prettier place to live,” Graham said.

New CED Ty Smith said he’d present the plaque to Buzzo in person.

“He wanted me to tell you that he appreciated the support he has received from the City Council and the administration over the years,” Smith said.

Buzzo was hired by the late Doug Freeman, then Princeton’s City Manager, to head the new Code Enforcement department which handles, among other duties, building inspections and animal control.

In other news:

Councilwoman Jacqueline Rucker reported that the Recreation Center remained closed for the foreseeable future for most activities, but that city parks were offering rentals on picnic tables.

On motion of Rucker with a second by Councilman Marshall Lytton, Council approved work being done on slides in the Washington Avenue playground.

Fire Chief Chad Bailey said the Fire Department was taking applications for new firefighters through 4 p.m. on Aug. 7 with testing to begin on Aug. 15.

Police Chief Tim Gray said he and Mercer County Sheriff Tommy Bailey were in discussions regarding the pick-up of stray animals on weekends.

On motion of Lytton with a second by Rucker, Council approved the June financial report with revenues and expenditures both at 108 percent of projections.

On motion of Lytton with a second by Vice Mayor Jim Harvey, Council then approved the first FY 2021 budget adjustment to account for $80,217 in extra revenue.

On motion of Lytton with a second by Harvey, the FY 2021 coal severance fund budget was adjusted to account for $31,206 in extra revenue.

On motion of Lytton with a second by Harvey, several reappointments were made to city boards and commissions including Karen Thorn to the Building Commission; Joe Eller and Rita Montrosse to the Community Improvement Com-mission; Kevin Cole to the Princeton Public Library Board of Directors; Vic Allen, JoAnna Fredeking, Lytton and Dewey Russell to the Planning Commission.

On second reading and public hearing, an ordinance to allow parking of cars on the opposite side of one-way streets was tabled due to confusion about what the ordinance meant.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at

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