City Council news: May 24 meeting

Donation for fireworks display

The council agreed to donate $1,000 out of the Princeton Wine & Spirits fund to the American Legion committee that puts on the annual fireworks at the fairgrounds. Jerry Whitcomb, commander of the local Legion post, asked the council if it would donate as much as $1,500. Council member Dick Dobson responded that while the fireworks is a big and very worthwhile community event, it is the council’s policy to donate no more to any group than what it donated to the group the previous year. In this case the city had donated $1,000 in each of the past two years.

Consent agenda

The approved consent agenda included the permitting of two transient merchants to vend at the Rum River Festival parade on June 7, and allow Jandrew Fireworks to sell fireworks at the Family Pathways property June 22-July 9. It also authorized a step 5 pay increase to $26.64 per hour effective June 19 for Princeton Police Sergeant Joe Backlund.

CenterPoint Energy grant

Neil Larson with CenterPoint Energy,  presented a grant of $2,200 to the Princeton Fire & Rescue Department to purchase confined space entry equipment. Fire Chief Jim Roxbury was present to accept the grant. Such equipment can include a tripod with winch, harness, and gas monitor to raise someone out of small spaces such as manholes, wells and silos. The equipment can also include braces and jacks to keep walls from caving in around small spaces.

Resolutions on zoning

The council approved two resolutions. One is Resolution 12-37 which approves an amendment to the city’s future land use plan to change the land use designation at 605 Rum River Dr. N. and at 601 6th Ave. No. from mixed residential to neighborhood commericial. The other resolution, no. 12-38, rezones 605 Rum River Dr. N. from R-3 multiple family residential to B-2 neighborhood business district.

Wes Geurkink, who owns the property at 605 Rum River Dr. N. made the zoning request for his location, and also on  behalf of Jeffrey Milford, who owns the property at 601 6th Ave. N. The neighborhood commercial designation allows limited commercial uses in existing commercial nodes adjacent to residential neighborhoods.

Grant application

The council passed a resolution authorizing applying for a grant of up to $5,000 from the Initiative Foundation to assist the city in its “It Starts Here” downtown revitalization program. Princeton Community Development Director Carie Fuhrman says it would be used for marketing, advertising, printing, consulting and more, but cannot be given to businesses for rent subsidies, equipment purchasing, or capital costs.

Sealcoat bid approved

The council approved the bid of Astech, of St. Cloud, to provide street sealcoating work. for a project cost of $98,884.94. The sealcoating will be done in the northwest portion of the city, likely in August, according to Public Works Director Bob Gerold.

Consultant and architect approved

The council authorized the hiring of Pat Smith Consulting and MacDonald & Mack Architects to complete a downtown Princeton building inventory/survey contingent upon the city receiving  a grant of up to $7,000 that the city applied for through the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant Program.


The council appointed Michael Misiura, a full time student and member of the Spencer Brook 4-H Club, to finish out a term expiring at the end of 2012 on the city’s park and recreation advisory board. The council also appointed Tim Siercks, owner of the Minuteman Press print shop in Princeton to a term expiring the end of 2013 on the planning commission.


The council accepted the resignation of city clerk Katie Hunter. Hunter said in her resignation letter that she is expecting her fifth baby this fall and needs to devote more time to raising her children. The resignation is effective Sept. 4. Council member Dobson said the council accepts Hunter’s resignation with regret, adding that Hunter has done a “terrific job.”