PRINCETON — A contract has been approved for the second phase of the Princeton Municipal Complex Project.

The city hall project was discussed during the May meeting of the Princeton City Council Monday, which also featured a representative of the city’s cable service provider, plus votes on resolutions concerning city sidewalk projects.

Erin Jones, a local government representative for Suddenlink, Inc., discussed plans for upgrades to the system and addressed concerns expressed by Councilman Jim Hill regarding slow speed and delays in replacing broken poles.

Four resolutions authorizing City Manager Mike Webb to seek grant funding for sidewalk projects including construction of a sidewalk on North 8th Street/Straley Avenue; and design sidewalks on High Street, Rogers Street and Trent Street were passed on motion of Councilman Marshall Lytton and a second by Hill.

Main Street Builders of Princeton was awarded the construction bid for Phase II of the Municipal Complex Project on motion of Lytton and a second by Councilman Dewey Russell.

Phase II of the city hall project will involve completing the council chambers and meeting rooms in and relocating the Public Works Department and Police Department to the new Princeton Municipal Building.

In other news:

Hill asked Assistant Director of Public Works Eric Gatchell about the use of city workers to collect grocery carts which had been taken from stores. Further discussion brought a suggestion of bringing the carts to a central location and charging stores $5 apiece to reclaim them, made by Vice Mayor Tim Ealy.

Councilwoman Jacqueline Rucker reported that 500 prizes were awarded during the 19th Annual city Easter Egg Hunt in the City Park and that the Parks & Recreation Department was seeking to hire 25 employees for summer activities.

On motion of Rucker with a second by Hill, Council approved a mural to be painted next to the caboose at the Princeton Railroad Museum. The mural will be a map of the two Virginias with the route of the old Virginian Railway drawn on it.

Rucker also reported that Pat Smith had reached an agreement with Gerald Otey owner of the Sign Shop on Thorn Street for the fabrication of 25 historic signs.

On motion of Lytton and a second by Rucker, Council approved the April 2019 City Financial Report.

Contact Jeff Harvey at delimartman@yahoo.com.