Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 11, 2014

Council: Yes to Dean Company move

Over-capacity crowd moves Princeton meeting to Gilbert Center

PRINCETON — After weeks of debate, Princeton City Council voted to accept the offer to move to the former Dean Company building.

Monday night a large crowd gathered at the Fred Gilbert Activity Center to hear the outcome of the vote for the move of Princeton City Hall to the former Dean Company building.

Some residents voiced their opinions and concerns about the move.

“Why would you want to separate your emergency departments, it makes no sense,” John Sommers said.

Resident Darnell Palmer said, “The decision is about the city, not our personal opinions. We need the growth.”

CEO of Princeton Rescue Squad Stacy Hicks said, if the board did not vote for the move, it would be a vote against the children and a vote against Princeton.

The Princeton City Council’s vote of 4-3 to accept the property was met with applause from the crowd. Although Princeton Mayor Pat Wilson voted against the move, she said she would jump on board with the plan.

“I do still have many questions and concerns but I  just want what is best for the city of Princeton,” Wilson said.

In other news, the public hearing on the Stafford Drive flooding and the resubmission of the FY2013 State/HUD Small Cities Block Grant application brought many questions and concerns from the residents in Princeton. No action was taken at this time.

Also the first phase of the Princeton City Park walking trail has been completed and the council is working toward getting funds for phase two of the trail project.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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