City Council Briefs: Nov. 15 meeting

Tax forfeited lots

The council passed a resolution giving approval to Mille Lacs County to sell nine of 10 properties in the city going back to the state because of the property owners’ failure to pay property taxes.

The resolution also asks the Mille Lacs County Board of Commissioners to hold back the sale of a 10th tax forfeit lot – that one being at 903 Ninth Ave. N. That parcel contains a long-abandoned and run-down masonry building that was once a gas station. The idea of holding that parcel back from county auction, City Development Director/Zoning Administrator Carie Fuhrman told the council, is so the city can possibly later buy that lot with remaining funds from a Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) grant.

If the city buys that lot it could then tear down the dilapidated building and clean up the lot. The NSP restricts how a lot that is purchased with NSP money can be used. Of the nine tax forfeit properties that the city has given the county the go-ahead to auction, one has a lot in the Damon’s addition, a second property consists of three lots in Cater’s Second Addition, six properties consist of one lot each in Meadow View Estates First Addition, and the ninth property is an outlot in Sharco Estates.



Mayor Riddle gave two proclamations. One was to proclaim this coming Nov. 24 as Small Business Saturday in the city of Princeton. The proclamation directs  all residents of Princeton to mark that day by shopping at an area store and “consider the contributions of our small business community to make Princeton a better place to live.”

The second proclamation declared last Friday, Nov. 16, as Go Tigers Friday. That was the day the Princeton High School varsity football team played for the state high school AAAA class football semifinal title. The proclamation states that the team emerged from “what appeared to be a rather mundane 4-4 regular season” and then “reached down deep to impressively win” four playoff games prior to last Thursday’s council meeting. The proclamation went on to say the team “demonstrated unprecedented tenacity in showing its fans and the followers of high school football all over the Minnesota that when Tiger Pride is on the line, we can expect only the best.”


Canvassing of votes

The council certified the city council and mayoral election results in this past Nov. 6 election in which council member Paul Whitcomb was elected mayor for two years, and council members Dick Dobson and Victoria Hallin were re-elected to the council, each for another four-year term.

See separate story on selecting someone to fill the upcoming mayoral vacancy.


Donations for civic

center project

The council passed a resolution accepting $873.28 worth of donations to go toward rehabilitating the civic center on Fifth Avenue North. Of that total, $760 is from Andrews Inc., of Princeton, for roofing materials, $50 from Minnie Lotboom, and $63.28 from various individuals attending this fall’s chamber of commerce chili fest.


In other city council news…

n The council passed a resolution accepting a donation of $300 from Princeton Used Clothing Center to go toward city holiday lights.

n The council selected the team of Smith & Main, LLC and MacDonald and Mack Architects to complete a commercial-building, facade-improvement study at a cost of $6,600, pending approval of a Minnesota Historical and Cultural grant being awarded of up to $7,000.

The proposal that the council did not chose was for $9,250 from Lindberg Consulting. The city sent requests to seven firms for proposals for the study and received the two listed responses. Council member Walker said he hopes that the consultant that does the work can offer details for the different building owners on how they can go about making the suggested improvements.

n The council promoted probationary firefighters Brian Mellgren and James Oliver, on the Princeton Fire and Rescue Department, to the status of firefighters.

n The council also approved a request for a Princeton Scholarship Foundation raffle next Feb. 23, and approved a food vendor license for Firehouse BBQ on Nov. 24.