Town News


Sandra Smith


Another busy week in Princeton. On Tuesday (due to the Monday holiday), October 11, we had the Parks and Recreation Meeting. The Committee sold over $100 so far in raffle tickets for a basket full of items that make up a turkey dinner for a fund raiser. Included will be a turkey, potatoes, sweet potatoes, veggies, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, apple cider, and a certificate for homemade biscuits and pie from the Bellmard Inn. They will be available from committee members and will be sold at the Baileyville Craft Fair on November 5th where the prize winner will be drawn. The proceeds from this raffle will help sponsor upcoming events such as the November Movie Night tentatively scheduled for November 18 at the fire station, a temporary skating rink at the field and sliding this winter. Then more plans were made for the haunted house at the Princeton Elementary School and the Treats on Wheels. The next meeting will be on Monday, October 17.

On Wednesday, October 12, the Princeton Library Committee held their meeting at the library at 5:00. Agenda review old business: the back yard has been cleaned up but still need to remove the old fence posts; the ramps and steps have been stained and a non-slip surface added; striping for the parking lot will be done in the spring. There will have to be a bid put out for removal of the old ramp because it has been determined that it is solid cement. New business discussed: new signage needed; bulletin board refurbished by librarian; notices sent out for overdue items resulted in patrons appreciating the reminder and returning items; ongoing registration of new donations of books and dvds. Although the committee has in place a policy of no games being played on the library computers, they did a trial period for educational games. However, it was noted during our meeting that other games were being played on the computers and it was quite disruptive to other patrons as well as the meeting. The librarian has many tasks and responsibilities and the board then voted to retain the policy of no games to be played on the library computers.

Thursday was the Friends of Princeton meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the town office. Secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were accepted. We finalized plans for the Treats on Wheels and will order give-outs. We discussed the tree lighting and Christmas Home Decorating Contest. The next meeting will be November 10 at 6:00 at the town office.

Sharon Norman reports that the Legacy Square improvement fund has $618.50 in the account thanks to generous donations. In the spring, new plantings will be added so that color will be enjoyed from spring into fall. Initially, when the grant was written this was the intent. However, some plantings have not survived, whether from not being suited for this zone or freezing in the harsh winter. Hopefully, in the upcoming years, the improvements will be enjoyed.

Here is the Ballot Question Preview for this week. Question 4: Citizen Initiative - “Do you want to raise the minimum hourly wage of $7.50 to $9 in 2017, with annual $1 increases up to $12 in 2020, and annual cost-of-living increases thereafter; and do you want to raise the direct wage for service workers who receive tips from half the minimum wage to $5 in 2017, with annual $1 increases until it reaches the adjusted minimum wage?”

The Town of Princeton is still looking for volunteers for the Board of Appeals. The applicant must be a resident of Princeton. The board meets on an as needed basis and primarily acts as an appeal process regarding tax assessments. It is a bit disheartening that no one has offered to help fill one of these positions. Too often there are complaints, but not enough volunteers to help. Contact the Princeton Town Office for more information at 796-2744.

The Town of Princeton has a reminder that all arrangements, items and lights need to be removed from the West Street and South Princeton Cemeteries by October 31. It was noticed and appreciated how well the cemetery is maintained, so, residents, do your part and look after your own families’ sections by attending to this request. It is not fair to expect someone else to do it.

The Town of Princeton has some surplus items that can be viewed at the old fire station October 24-28 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A sealed bid needs to be submitted to the town office no later than Friday, October 28 by 3:00 p.m. The bid must include name, contact address and phone number, tag number of items, and amount of the bid.

The Town of Princeton has put out a bid for electrical work to be done in the library. The bid needs to be submitted by 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 25. Contact the town office for more information

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, October 19 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. interactive story and activity hour for children at the Princeton Library. The story will be “Clifford the Big Red Dog” followed by a talk about fire prevention and a craft project.

Halloween Dance and Haunted House at Princeton Elementary School, Friday, October 21, grades 4-8 (younger children must be accompanied by an adult)

Our own St. Croix Regional Family Health Center, at 136 Mill Street, Princeton is celebrating its 25th Anniversary on Tuesday, October 25 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. They will have lots of delicious food, great prizes and music. Also they have announced the grand opening of the Dental Center. The Health Center was founded in 1991 after a group of concerned citizens met to seek a resolution to the absence of primary care services in Northern Washington County. The original Health Center was located in rented space on Main Street and had one medical provider, a nurse, and a receptionist. In 1998 the health center moved into their new building on Mill Street. There were only enough funds to complete the top floor of the two story building, but the first floor space has been worked on over the past couple of years. They currently offer the following services: family medicine, health for women, health for men, pediatrics, podiatry, psychiatry, mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, laboratory, prescription assistance, health education and now dental care.

Sunrise Christian Church, Big Lake Road, in Big Lake Township will be having a “Jacket Give Away” on Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

Treats on Wheels and Haunted House, Sunday, October 30 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Legacy Square. Everyone is invited to park their decorated trunks/pickup trucks, etc., and give out Halloween treats to all our local goblins and ghosts. Set up at 3:30.