City of Princeton

PRINCETON — The first live Princeton City Council since March saw the city and the Princeton Rescue Squad officially complete a real estate deal to benefit the latter.

On motion of Councilman Dewey Russell with a second by Vice Mayor Jim Harvey (Councilman Jim Hill abstained due to working for the PRS), the city transferred a .32-acre lot to the Rescue Squad for use as parking for its new Training Center.

Councilwoman Jacqueline Rucker reported that the Recreation Center remained closed, but that the City Park was open for use according to state guidelines.

Fire Chief Chad Bailey said that the PFD was using computer tablets for uses such as writing incident reports at the scene and record-keeping, which greatly enhanced efficiency. The technology is also being used by the PPD and the Code Enforcement Office for their own purposes.

Police Chief Tim Gray said the PPD was now using new camera technology where they can record crime scenes with minimal interference.

Harvey said the Princeton Public Library is starting a gradual re-opening program starting on July 1 with curbside pick-up of books and other materials and proceeding to opening the library itself following state guidelines.

The library’s Summer Reading Program started on May 30 with all ages invited to participate. Go to for more details.

City Finance Director Brian Blankenship said utility bills could now be paid on-line at

Human Resources Director Wanda Donahue said replacement “Hometown Hero” banners are available for $65 by contacting the city’s Facebook page or website.

On motion of Rucker with a second from Harvey, an ordinance allowing parking facing traffic on one-way streets passed on first reading. Hill dissented.

PRS CEO Stacey Hicks announced that fireworks would be held on July 4 at Hunnicutt Stadium even with the cancellation of other events. He advised that people who wished to see the fireworks do so from within their cars in the parking lots of the Princeton Shopping Center or Pine Plaza.

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

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