Swearing in

Princeton City Clerk Ken Clay spears in Deputy Director of Code Enforcement William "Ty" Smith at Monday's City Council Meeting

PRINCETON — A promotion, an introduction and concerns expressed about traffic safety on Thornton Avenue were the main items of action at Monday night’s Princeton City Council meeting.

The first item of business involved City Clerk Ken Clay swearing in Deputy Director of Code Enforcement William “Ty” Smith to his newly-created position.

Smith, a three-year employee of the city, said, “I appreciate the new honor and I’m glad to have the opportunity to serve the city’s residents further .”

During the “Public Comment” portion of the meeting, Thornton Avenue resident Harold Goins said that there were speeding vehicles, including heavy trucks, which were affecting street residents and creating concerns about public safety.

“It’s getting bad, terribly bad. It’s a situation where our lives are in danger and I’d like to see something done, if it’s an increased police presence or whatever can be done,” he said.

Vice-Mayor Tim Ealy suggested Goins talk to Princeton Police Department Lieutenant Jeremy Halsey after the meeting.

Princeton Railroad Museum Director Pat Smith shared several items with Council, starting with the recent notice (Aug. 5) in USA Today regarding the model railroad exhibit at the PRM. She said it had resulted in several calls inquiring about the museum from around the country

She added that the museum had purchased 90 books from Aubrey Wiley of Lynchburg, Va. with railroad themes including children’s books.

Other museum-related items mentioned by Smith included the joint celebration of the official opening of the model railroad exhibit; the official reopening of the Princeton Agricultural Museum; the 13th anniversary of the PRM; and the dedication of the mural on the pavement in front of the caboose featuring the Virginian Railway’s path through the two Virginias at 1 p.m. on September 28.

Smith will be also offering her second lecture on the history of Princeton “How The Railroad Made Princeton” at the Princeton Public Library on September 12 at 6 p.m.

Finally, Smith introduced Princeton Agricultural Museum Guide Kaye Williams to the Council.

Halsey announced that the PPD’s Explorers Program would begin its year in September with a tour of the PRM on September 1, with a potential tour of historic Princeton if they can get the trolley. Other September events will include a visit by the PPD’s Detectives Bureau, a police dog demonstration and a crime scene simulation at the City Park.

Halsey added that the PPD took part in the SWAT team training held during the weekend at PikeView High School.

Contact Jeff Harvey at delimartman@yahoo.com

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