Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 17, 2013

Princeton City Council tables charter changes

PRINCETON — An ordinance that would have provided for a charter change in the city of Princeton has been tabled.

The proposed change would have required the city manager and city clerk to only live in Mercer County and not the city limits of Princeton.

Three citizens spoke at Tuesday’s city council meeting against the charter change and one citizen said he would not oppose the city manager living outside the city limits.

“In today’s world it doesn’t make any difference where the city manager lives,” John Dills, a citizen who addressed the council, said. “With today’s electronics, texting, tweeting, and e-mailing, the office can be run from anywhere,”

 “I don’t know where this city would be without Mrs. Doom,” Mayor Patricia “Pat” Wilson said.

Wilson said Princeton has a city manager who has made a great effort introducing herself to the city. Wilson said Doom walks on Mercer Street to meet people and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.

After a lengthy discussion, council decided to table the decision.

Wilson said the proposed change may be brought back up at a later date.

In other business, City Clerk Ken Clay administered the oath of office to four new police officers. The officers are Eric Pugh, police lieutenant; Derick Weatherly, police sergeant; Jonathan Angle, police patrolman; and James Carroll, police patrolman.

Executive Director of the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau Marie Blackwell also reported that tourism is up in Mercer County. Some of the money from the increase in tourism from 2012-2013 is being used for advertising and also to promote West Virginia outside of the state.

“Mercer County is on the rise and we have a lot to offer,” Blackwell said.

The Princeton Police also reported for the month of September officers responded to 809 calls, made 61 arrest and wrote 258 citations.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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