PRINCETON — Common Council President Jan Ballard wants a uniform lower speed limit for Princeton's residential neighborhoods.
Princeton Police Chief Derek McGraw said at Monday night's regular session that the default speed limit on city streets is 30 mph unless otherwise posted, but agreed with Ballard that lower speed limits in residential neighborhoods makes the city more pedestrian-friendly.
Ballard suggested the speed limit be adjusted to 20 mph or 25 mph on streets that aren't major traffic arteries, like Brumfield, Broadway, North Main, 2nd Avenue and Ohio Streets.
Council members were open to looking at lower speed limits, and getting public input before adopting an ordinance.
McGraw said once the council defines the streets and speed limit and signs are posted, the police department can do enforcement patrols.
In other business, the council reviewed the city's first day of privatized garbage collection. Renewable Resources President Jordan Aigner and Operations Manager Brandon Morton reported no major issues as the company started collection Monday.
Morton said the collection route started at 6 a.m. and finished collection of 600 homes by about 2:30 p.m. The company has distributed 3,008 96-gallon totes to 2,961 households in the city. Aigner and Morton said 47 homes have more than one tote, and the company has a list of people who want more containers, which are available for $3.50.
Street Department Superintendent Jeff Smith said there's some fine-tuning that will be necessary to determine how to serve some residents who are unable to get their tote to the curb, and to enforce proper use of the totes. Items placed outside the tote won't be collected.
Eventually, said Smith, the city will also need to enforce an ordinance on the books that stipulates trash can't be set curbside more than 24 hours prior to the scheduled collection.
Aigner said the city will learn more about the cost and savings as the process evolves. Mayor Brad Schmitt said the dollar savings may be negligible to the city since the employees of the sanitation department were absorbed into other departments.
Aigner and Smith and council members also discussed the logistics of collecting trash from the city receptacles around the square and at the parks and pool.