By Wyndi Veigel
Princeton citizens will now be safer from storms as the city council approved the addition of two new storm sirens.
The sirens, which will cost about $40,000, were previously approved in the budget as a capital improvement project.
“Well over 90 percent of town will now be protected,” City Manager Derek Borg said.
The two new sirens will provide coverage for Princeton Lakes and Avalon and Park Trails and the Hillside addition and the county area to the west.
The city is hopeful to have the sirens put up within the next 90 days.
Council also took steps to place no parking signs on 5th Street and Bois D’ Arc due to traffic from the school district.
According to information presented at the council meeting by Borg, no parking signs will be placed on Bois D’ Arc Avenue on the southside with specified times. Much like a school zone, the signs would prohibit parking for two hours in the morning, and two hours in the afternoon only on days where school was in session.
On the north side of the road, a fire lane already exists which will be updated, according to information provided by Police Chief James Waters.
“We’ve expressed concern about this area to school district and the school district has the same concern,” Borg said.
“We will be notifying each and every residence on the road,” Waters said.
The council also rejected a bid for Vessels Construction for the Monte Carlo turn lane and agreed to go forward with the bid that Princeton ISD has selected for the project. The city will be inspecting the final project and then paying their portion of the split project – about $49,000 or 50 percent.
The turn lane is being placed on Monte Carlo to help busses and traffic entering the new Davis Elementary School.
The city will also be approaching the school district about taking over the maintenance of the school crossings and devices.
According to Borg, the city is discussing with the school district to prepare school zone plan, which the city will follow. The district will still be responsible for their crossing guards.
New developments that come in may also be responsible for the cost associated with school crossing if a school is near the development, Borg said.
Council is also in preliminary talks about several awards for the city including employee awards and volunteer awards.
“We have quite a volunteer force, more than we have paid employees,” Mayor Ken Bowers said.
City staff is researching how much an appreciation dinner would be and the possibility of a small token of appreciation with the city’s logo on it.
This would be paid for out of the budget set aside for council and mayor events.
In other business, council:
- Proclaimed May 7 as National Day of Prayer
- Proclaimed May 11 through May 15 as Police week
- set a joint meeting with PISD for 6 p.m. June 15
- reappointed Richard Sheehan as the North Texas Municipal Water District Board Member
- rejected a resale of property at 216 N. 5th Street
- reviewed street improvements