Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 22, 2013

Meeting to discuss ways to control flooding

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — City council members are continuing their search for an engineering firm with ideas designed to alleviate the continuing high-water problem along one of Princeton’s busiest roadways.

The city council recently received five bids from contractors willing to address the drainage problems along Stafford Drive in Princeton. High water often becomes a problem at the intersections of Stafford and Bee Street and Stafford and Trent Street whenever heavy rain falls on the region. In mid-June, the council voted to start seeking engineering firms interested in the Stafford Drive Flood Control Project.

Contractors have been invited to attend a special council meeting at 5:30 p.m., July 29 and make a presentation outlining their ideas for improving Stafford Drive’s drainage, said City Manager Elke Doom.

Two new board members, Jim Harvey in Ward three and Jacqueline “Jackie” Rucker were elected in early June. Both new members of the board have suggested that hearing from the engineering firm’s representatives would help them make a decision.

 The meeting will help the council’s new members learn about the nature of the problem, and give contractors an opportunity to share their expertise. There was not a clear choice when the bids were opened, so the meeting is being conducted to gather more information, Doom said. The meeting will be open to the public.

The Hugh I. Shott Jr. Foundation has provided $250,000 for engineering work, and an additional $250,000 is needed. The city has applied several times for a state Small Cities Block Grant to cover construction costs.