Princeton City Council addresses a host of topics at latest meeting

Princeton in Mercer County Missouri

The Princeton City Council has approved an increase in the charge to notify customers to pay their utility bill to avoid a shutoff and the charge to reconnect utilities also is being increased.

The charge to prepare and hang door tags stating the bill must be paid to avoid a shutoff is being raised to $50.00 and the reconnect fee is an additional $50.00 with those rates effective immediately. The old rates were $20.00 for the door tag charge and $40.00 for the reconnect.

The council approved a building permit for the Mercer County Senior Center to rebuild on the square. The center was among the buildings that burned in a fire last April.

A liquor license was approved for Steve Mason to open a liquor package store, however, the location and date of the opening was not announced. Mason operates Chief’s bar at Princeton.

A service contract in the amount of $800.00 was approved for The Fabulous Torques to perform at next September’s Calamity Jane Days car show.

Harlene Dougan was appointed to a four-year term on the Princeton Housing Authority board.

The council rejected the only bid of $655.00 for a 1987 Ford truck cab and chassis.  City Clerk Danette Snapp noted $900.00 recently was spent on a transmission for the vehicle which has been used as a dump truck. A buyer for the truck will be sought although there was no discussion about seeking bids again.

Individuals wishing to run for the Princeton City Council in April can file at Princeton City Hall December 13 through January 17. There are two, two-year terms and a one-year unexpired term to fill.

The two year terms are currently held by Dee McKinney in the south ward and Mike Homedale in the north ward. Sam Walkup, in the north ward, holds the position that has a one-year unexpired term to fill in April.