City of Princeton

PRINCETON — During the monthly meeting of the Princeton City Council Monday night, there were several indicators that long-delayed reopenings may soon come to fruition.

Councilwoman Jacqueline Rucker, giving the Public Works & Recreation Committee report, said the Recreation Department had brought back its two maintenance employees on March 31 to work getting the City Pool area ready. In addition, Assistant Recreation Director Malinda Lewis has returned to work and the department is looking to hire employees for a projected May 3 reopening.

As for the winter program refunds, Rucker said that 125 had been given out, with another 50-60 to be done.

Rucker added that the Railroad Museum was working to get ready for a projected July 1 opening.

Fire Chief Chad Bailey said that the PFD was conducting interviews to hire a new firefighter to replace Capt. Keith Gunnoe who retired to accept the position of Mercer County Emergency Services Director.

He added that the department had responded to three fires and an incident where a car had ran into the Parole Office on Davis Street in the past month. The last fire, on Hatcher Street Saturday, killed two people.

Police Chief Tim Gray said the monthly cruise-ins would again start in May.

In other news:

Council, on motion of Councilman Marshall Lytton with a second by Rucker, approved the March budget report.

On motion of Lytton, with a second by Vice Mayor Jim Harvey, a special meeting to lay the FY 2022 levy was set for Tuesday at noon.

On motion of Lytton, with a second by Harvey, a B & O Tax Incentive was awarded to Timothy Reed, operating a storage rental at 201 Princeton Avenue.

Giving the Community Improvement Committee report, Lytton said the CIC had purchased 13 new trash cans to be placed along Mercer Street; that they had marking plates to place vendors during events; that facade grants had been awarded to Jim’s Texaco and the former Loundsbury Chiropractic building; and that a five-year plan to upgrade Christmas decorations on Mercer Street had been made.

City Clerk Ken Clay said the city’s election ballot for the June 1 ward election was ready as were the packets for the poll workers. The poll workers themselves will be approved at the April 20 special meeting.

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

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