Princeton City Council...

PRINCETON — A light agenda featuring a land transfer and a purchase of a street-sweeper faced the Princeton City Council at its meeting Monday night.

Following roll call, the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor David Graham called for a public hearing regarding a request by the city to the USDA for a $50,000 grant to help purchase a street-sweeper.

After no comment was received via teleconference, the motion by Councilman Marshall Lytton with a second by Vice Mayor Jim Harvey passed.

City Manager Mike Webb said the grant would go towards paying for a $125,000 street-sweeper which would be on service for a decade.

The land transfer in question involves a .35-acre tract currently owned by the city being transferred to the Princeton Rescue Squad which would work on developing it.

City Attorney Paul Cassell said the Preservati Charitable Trust had sent a letter of approval regarding the transaction.

A motion by Councilman Dewey Russell with a second by Lytton approved the transaction.

As for committee reports, Councilwoman Jacqueline Rucker reported that the Public Works Department had responded to 21 service calls in April.

She added that City Recreation Director Amanda McCabe would recommend to the Parks and Recreation Board not opening the City Pool due to COVID-19 concerns.

Fire Chief Chad Bailey said the department had responded to 51 EMS calls and 31 fire calls in April.

Police Chief Tim Gray said his department had made 23 arrests in April.

On motion of Lytton with a second by Rucker, the city’s financial report for April was approved.

Princeton Public Library Director Sheena Johnson said the library was still closed but the staff was working towards reopening. She added that the library’s Summer Reading Program would be available virtually starting on May 30.

Graham closed the meeting by saying that he hoped Council could meet in a public meeting in June.

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