City of Princeton

PRINCETON — The Princeton City Council honored a fallen police officer from Charleston this week while voting to table for now a new management agreement for Princeton Community Hospital.

Mayor David Graham opened Monday’s meeting by reading a resolution honoring Charleston Police Department Ptlm. Cassie Johnson, who died from wounds suffered on duty after she was shot attempting to make an arrest. The resolution was formally approved on motion of Councilman Jim Hill with a second by Councilwoman Jacqueline Rucker.

The proposed managerial agreement with WVU Hospital Management Services was tabled on motion of Councilman Marshall Lytton with a second from Vice Mayor Jim Harvey.

According to published reports, the agreement if and when it is approved by council and the PCH Board of Directors would have WVU Hospital Management Services offer management assistance to PCH.

The PCH Board was scheduled to meet again Thursday, with council meeting Friday at 1:30. The latter meeting can be reached virtually by calling 1-917-900-1022, then dialing 745-4776.

In other developments:

Fire Chief Chad Bailey said the first EMT training classes for members of the general public will be offered starting Jan. 4 at the main fire station. For more information, call 304-487-5017 or come to the meeting.

Police Chief Tim Gray said Sgt. Justin Faris would finish up on Friday as he prepares to become Summers County’s new Sheriff. The department is currently cleaning out the old building in preparation for its demolition and has two candidates for vacancies awaiting the return of a training officer from military service.

Gray added that seven officers attended the memorial service for Johnson.

On motion of Lytton with a second by Councilman Joe Allen, Council approved the November city budget report.

On motion of Lytton with a second by Rucker, city employees were given Christmas Eve as a full-day holiday.

Mountaineer Market LLC, at 605 Rogers Street received the one-year B & O Tax incentive on motion by Lytton with a second by Rucker.

Princeton Public Library Director Sheena Johnson, representing the Community Improvement Commission, said that a new business Blossom & Bees had opened at 948 Mercer Street.

She added that the series of local business presentations to Council would resume when public meetings were again held.

Johnson said Lori McKinney and the CIC would be doing a virtual Downtown Countdown on Dec. 31.

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

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