City Council briefs: Week of March 15

Trail grant to be applied for

The council approved Development Director Carie Fuhrman’s request to apply for a grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Local Trail Connections Program to build an approximately mile-long paved, nonmotorized trail. The cost will be $100,000 and the city would have to provide a 25 percent share of the grant. Fuhrman told the council she is anticipating she will later be requesting $25,000 from the city’s park dedication fund if the DNR approves the grant.

The trail that is to be paved is in a rough state now and runs from the city’s drinking water treatment plant on the south edge of Rum River Drive near Crystal Cabinets, to 313th Avenue about a mile to the south.

The city has until the end of March to apply for the grant and Fuhrman has received many letters of support to accompany the application. The plan is for a trail to run from Elk River north to connect with this trail, according to Fuhrman, and the entire length will be called the Great Northern Trail.


Consent agenda

Under the consent agenda the council approved a Step 4 pay increase for Princeton city public works supervisor Keith Kohler, moving his salary from $46,359 to $48,376, and granted a Step 5 pay increase to raise police officer Nicole Josephes’ wage from $22.98 to $23.71 per hour. The council also accepted the resignation of firefighter Greg Johnson from Princeton Fire & Rescue.

Splash park contract

The council renewed its contract for another season with Lee Ann Hartigan to manage and administer the splash park inside Mark Park. Hartigan is to be compensated at 10 percent of the season’s gross income, plus a per-hour rate equal to that of a splash park attendant that she should have to temporarily fill in for.


Re-establishment of precincts

Because of the recent redistricting of political districts, the city has to re-establish its precinct boundaries. The council did so by passing a resolution re-establishing Precinct 1 as all of the city that lies within Mille Lacs County, and Precinct 2 as the small southern portion of the city lying within Sherburne County. The Great Northern Room at the Mille Lacs County Historical Society depot remains the combined polling place for the two precincts. The next general election, which will include electing a president, will be this coming Nov. 6, less than eight months away.


Donation to all night party

The council approved a request by organizers of the upcoming June 3 all-night graduation party for Princeton High School seniors to have the city donate one six-pack of soda pop per senior attendee up to a maximum of 270. The funding will come from the city’s off-sale liquor fund.


Day of prayer

The council proclaimed May 3 as a day of prayer. Congress passed, and President Reagan signed legislation in 1988 that sets aside the first Thursday in May of every year as the National Day of Prayer.