City of Princeton

PRINCETON — The Princeton City Council approved a property deal this week with West Virginia-American Water Company while taking the first steps in evaluating the possibility of a medical cannabis distributor in the city limits.

Mayor David Graham opened Monday’s council meeting by calling for a public hearing on a proposed agreement between the city and WVAWC involving two parcels of land off of Hylton Avenue between Upper Bell and Lower Bell avenues.

Under the agreement, the water company would transfer an existing filtering station to the city in exchange for a station currently on city land. The company would execute a quitclaim in turn for the city conveying via special warranty regarding the sites.

The agreement was approved on motion of Vice Mayor Jim Harvey with a second by Councilman Jim Hill.

City Attorney Paul Cassell, during his portion of the agenda, introduced a resolution calling for the Princeton Planning Commission to set up the appropriate zoning for any proposed medical cannabis dispensary.

Under the resolution, no dispensary could be placed within 1,000 feet of the property line of any public, private or patriarchal school or any day care center in city limits.

The resolution was passed on motion of Hill with a second by Councilwoman Jacqueline Rucker.

On Tuesday, City Clerk Ken Clay said the resolution calls on the Planning Commission to establish zoning ordinances, which must undergo a public hearing before the Planning Commission before being brought before Council for first and second readings.

In other news:

Council, on motion of Councilman Marshall Lytton with a second by Harvey, approved the January city financial report.

The March committee and Council meetings were set for March 10 and March 15 respectively, on motion of Lytton and second by Rucker.

A B & O Tax Incentive for Savannah Linkous doing business as a private contractor at Allure Salon at 1602 Princeton Avenue was approved on motion of Lytton with a second by Councilman Dewey Russell.

Ballot commissioners Judy Wellman and Debra Clay were approved for the June 1 City Election on motion of Lytton and second by Rucker.

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

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