PRINCETON — Princeton Police Department will patrol the area where a Dollar General Store building is under construction on the city’s north side, to keep an eye on traffic on East Glendale Street.
PPD Chief Derek McGraw agreed to assign officers to patrol the area after Jeff Seibert, who lives across the street from the construction site, appealed to the city for some help.
Seibert said a semi tractor-trailer drove through his yard and made ruts, and the aggressive construction schedule has been an inconvenience and nuisance to neighbors.
“I’m not one to complain much,” he told the council, but he said concrete crews had lights on at the construction site at 5 a.m., ready to pour concrete Dec. 23, and were gone by noon. And on Christmas Eve, he said lights were on at the site at 3 a.m., concrete was poured at 4 a.m. and crews were cone at 2 p.m. “There’s no reason to start that early and put everybody at that level of inconvenience or nuisance,” he told the council.
“I would really appreciate if you guys could look into something. I got ready for work on the 23rd without turning any lights on in my house, it was that bright. I don’t know how I can keep them from driving in my yard.”
Mayor Greg Wright said some contractors may have crews working on eastern time zone schedules.
Councilman Jan Ballard asked how many days the early work was under way. “Is it consistent, can we ask our police department to control it?”
He gave his personal phone number to Seibert and asked him to contact him.
The store construction began in late December after the property owner received permission to rezone the lots for retail commercial use. Council members said they think the store construction target completion date is March 11.
Sewer main work on BroadwayWright reported more disruption is in store for a three to four day period as contractors repair a sewer main under West Broadway in front of the Fuel Mart station.
“We will have to close Ind. 64 for about a three-block area,” he said. Since Broadway is a state highway, the city will have to work in hand with the Indiana Department of Transportation. “We hope to get it done in three to four days, whether permitting. When you start digging, you never know what you’ll find.”
The mayor said that the work probably won’t start until late January at the earliest — unless the sewer main fails, which would require immediate work.
Local traffic can detour to side streets but some traffic can’t use the local streets, he said.
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