PRINCETON — Princeton's Board of Public Works and Safety Monday approved an estimated $40,000 evaluation of the city's capacity to provide water for homes and businesses served by the city utility.

Eric Parsley of Commonwealth Engineers told the board the study will look at bottlenecks and other issues to evaluate the city's ability to provide the water to current residents and its ability to expand water service to other customers in the future.

Board members J.B. Brines and Cliff Ingram approved the task order for the engineering firm, which expects to complete the evaluation in about 30 days.

Parsley also told the board of works and the Princeton Common Council that some initial work is beginning on the city's Seminary Street water main replacement project. Last month, a $1,008,344 contract was awarded to Ragle Construction for the work, which is funded with use of $1 million in Patoka-Union Twp. Tax Increment Finance District revenue. The City of Princeton will pay the $8,344 balance for the project.

The full project is an estimated $4.6 million replacement of 12-inch iron water main along Seminary Street that brings water from the north to the south end of the city with PVC plastic mains. The water main feeds a lateral line that supplies a water tower serving 15 Toyota suppliers.

The Seminary Street project is one of 10 city water distribution projects totaling $16 million needed in the city. The Seminary Street water main project would be divided into three or four phases that could be accomplished at a cost of $1.3 million to $1.5 million per year.

The first section of work replaces the portion of the water main north of Brumfield Avenue. The redevelopment commission awarded the use of the $1 million in TIF revenue this summer on the condition that the project is completed within a year.

Parsley also told the council and board of works that he's waiting for permits for the city’s sewer plant improvement project, which could be ready for bids early next year.

The common council approved a resolution detailing the city's delegated pre-treatment program for the wastewater treatment plant, which is reviewed every five years.

During the board of works session, Brines asked that consideration of accepting a rural water line northwest of Princeton that meets city utility specifications be placed on the next meeting agenda. Brines said the line services eight to 10 customers at present.

Mayor-elect Greg Wright asked that maps of the line be available for review during the discussion.

The board of works also approved a new contract with city employees represented by Teamsters Local 215.

Council members offered a mini civics lesson, explaining their responsibilities and why local government matters, to students in Rick Coleman's Princeton Community High School Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program who visited Monday night's meeting. Students asked questions about the duties of council members, the mayor and clerk-treasurer.

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