PRINCETON — A $8.4 million bid from Mitchell & Stark Construction of Medora for rehabilitation of the City of Princeton’s wastewater treatment plant was chosen Monday as the lowest and most responsive of eight bids for the project by Princeton’s Common Council and Board of Public Works and Safety.

The company bid $8,413,700 for the project, which is to be financed through a USDA Office of Rural Development loan. While the council and board of works chose the company for the contract, there’s a 120-day hold on the bid price, pending the city receiving financing for the project.

Once the financing is approved, the notice of award will be issued.

The common council agreed in May 2019 to pursue the project, financing it with a 40-year USDA construction loan of $8,596,000 at 2.5% or lower interest rate, repayable in annual installments of about $341,000.

The project will rehabilitate the existing facility and increase capacity to test for phosphorus levels.

Parking lot facelift

Common Council members approved a projected $3,600 crack fill, sealing and striping project for the city’s free parking lot at the site of the old city hall at Broadway and Prince Streets.

The project involves striping the lot for 41 regular parking spaces plus ADA parking, and creating a traffic flow in the lot. The plan is to finish the work before Tulip Tree Family Health Care expands services at a new Princeton clinic on North Main Street downtown, in addition to the original Fort Branch clinic.

Mayor Greg Wright, a part owner of the building where the clinic will locate, said access to handicap parking space will benefit the clinic.

Council President Sheri Greene said the improvements to the lot will help the clinic, but will also be available to the public since it’s the city-owned free parking lot.

Councilman Nick Burns, who also served on the Tulip Tree board, said the target is to open the clinic in August after renovations to the interior of the building are complete.

Council Vice President Jan Ballard offered a motion to proceed with the work, seconded by Burns and approved unanimously (Councilman Jim Maglis was absent).

In other business:

The board of works approved a $20,000 contract with Commonwealth Engineers to prepare documents for an Economic Development Administration grant application for the second, third and fourth phases of the city’s Seminary Street water main replacement project. The city completed the first phase of the project with use of $1 million in TIF revenue granted by the Gibson County Redevelopment Commission.

Gibson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Patty Vanoven was granted permission to use portions of State and Hart Streets for the Golden Heritage Days Festival, planned Sept. 18-20. “We’re moving forward with Heritage Days as of right now,” she said.

Greene reported that Feeding Evansville, part of Feeding America, will distribute free fresh produce and dairy products Friday at the free parking lot from 4-6 p.m., until supplies run out. There’s no sign-up or income verificaiton required. Greene said the distribution is planned as a drive-through event.

Email Andrea Howe at andrea@pdclarion.com

— Email Andrea Howe at andrea@pdclarion.com

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