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City of Princeton City Council met August 19

By Michael Abella | Sep 19, 2019


City of Princeton City Council met Aug. 19.

Here is the minutes provided by the council:

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Quiram. Upon roll call, the following answered present, constituting a quorum: Council Members Ray Swanson, Ray Mabry, Hector Gomez, and Jerry Neumann. All present at the meeting offered the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.

PUBLIC COMMENT: None.

MOTION # 1: Neumann (2nd Swanson) that the printed copy of the minutes for the Regular Meeting of August 5, 2019, be approved.

VOTE #1

ROLL CALL VOTE: Council Members Swanson, Mabry, Gomez, Neumann, and Mayor Quiram voted Aye. Motion declared carried.

MOTION # 2: Neumann (2nd Swanson) that the bills and payrolls of the Department of Public Affairs and Department of Accounts and Finance, the Department of Streets and Public Improvements, the Department of Public Health and Safety, and the Department of Utilities and Public Properties, be allowed and paid.

VOTE #2

ROLL CALL VOTE: Council Members Swanson, Mabry, Gomez, Neumann, and Mayor Quiram voted Aye. Motion declared carried.

Mayor Quiram opened a hearing to receive public comment on an application by the city to receive up to $500,000 as a Community Development Block Grant specifically to provide funds for a sewer improvement project on East Marion Street between Euclid Avenue and Fifth Street. Kevin Lindeman of the North Central Illinois Council of Governments, the administrator of the grant, gave details of the project. Upon call for public comments, none were voiced. Mayor Quiram closed the hearing.

MOTION # 3: Neumann (2nd Swanson) that Resolution R-19-030 committing local funds in the amount of $274,792.16 to support the Marion St, sewer project, be approved.

VOTE #3

ROLL CALL VOTE: Council Members Swanson, Mabry, Gomez, Neumann, and Mayor Quiram voted Aye. Motion declared carried.

CITY MANAGER REPORT: City Manager Rachel Skaggs announced an invitation to bid for a new ambulance, the bids being due by Friday, September 13, 2019.

MAYOR REPORT: Mayor Quiram initiated a discussion on the pending legalization of adult use of marijuana on January 1, 2020. He summarized the licensing requirements for growers, infusers, and dispensers of marijuana.

Neumann suggested that being the county's largest city, Princeton should allow the establishment of one dispensary. Gomez mentioned that if the council approves marijuana sales, then part of the revenue from those sales should be set aside for treatment for abuse as well as public education to other drugs. Mabry suggested delaying the permits for marijuana sales for 9 months in order to see what other cities will have experienced during that period, and thereby Princeton could decide to move forward or prohibit the marijuana use, based on those experiences of other cities.

OLD BUSINESS: None.

NEW BUSINESS: Mabry commended the city departments for the improvements around the city, made in advance of the Homestead Festival.

PUBLIC COMMENT: None

MOTION #4: Neumann (2nd Swanson) that the Regular Meeting be adjourned. The next Special Meeting will meet on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall; then followed by the next Regular Meeting of the City Council on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.

VOTE #4

ROLL CALL VOTE: Council Members Swanson, Mabry, Gomez, Neumann, and Mayor Quiram voted Aye. Motion declared carried. Adjournment at 7:26 p.m.

https://www.princeton-il.com/forms/meetings/1/M-08-19-2019.pdf

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