City Council Briefs: Update on proposed development

City Development Director/Zoning Administrator Carie Fuhrman updated the council on a proposed East Birch Estates rental housing project along West Branch Street. The location is where the former Arcadian Homes apartment complex existed. The complex being demolished following it being deemed uninhabitable. The city had sought proposals for a group to develop the site into rental housing and the city chose Central Minnesota Housing Partnership (CMHP). But CMHP has since bowed out because of not being able to get the grant it needed for the project. The Princeton EDA, therefore, will go out for proposals again, Fuhrman said.


Grow Minnesota visits

Fuhrman also explained that she and someone with the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce are visiting Princeton businesses to gather information for a database on trends in the work force as part of a Grow Minnesota business program.


Certifying past-due utility bills

The council passed resolution 12-64 that certifies six property parcels with past-due utility billing accounts with the Princeton Public Utilities Commission so that the past due amounts can be collected through 2013 property taxes. The amounts of the past-due bills range from about $474 to $918 and all combined total close to $3,262.


Alcohol-regulation ordinance

The council passed ordinance no. 693 that amends the city’s ordinance on the consumption of alcohol in public places and also amends the chapter of alcohol consumption at Riverside Park and its campground.

The new ordinance states that neither liquor nor 3.2 percent malt liquor may be consumed on any public highway, alley, sidewalk, parking area, vacant lot or public park with the following exceptions: the softball and Solheim Field areas at Mark Park and the camping area at Riverside Park. Alcohol may also still be consumed in business places licensed to sell it and be consumed on public property where an organization has been licensed to temporarily sell it there.

Consumption and/or possession of alcohol will only be allowed in Riverside Park by registered campers at the park from noon until 10 p.m.


November council meetings

The council adjusted its meeting schedule for this November, cancelling the fourth Thursday regular meeting date of Nov. 22 because that is Thanksgiving Day and also cancelled its regularly scheduled second Thursday meeting (Nov. 8). The council will instead have its regular meeting Thursday, Nov. 15, starting at 7 p.m. It also set a special council meeting for Tuesday, Nov. 20, to begin discussing a budget for 2013, and will have its regular study session Thursday, Nov. 1, starting at 4:30 p.m. The study session agenda will also include a 2013 budget discussion.