May 25, 2022

Council Passes Two Resolutions To Make Rosedale Road Safer

By Anne Levin

At its meeting Monday night, Princeton Council voted in favor of two resolutions to enhance safety on Rosedale Road and General Johnson Way, the site of a pedestrian fatality last summer.

One of the resolutions reduces the speed limit from 40 and 45 miles per hour to 35; the other allows for a closure of the road this summer to build a roundabout. The hope is that construction will be completed by the time school starts in the fall.

The initiatives, which required the cooperation of Mercer County, made their way through the approval system quicker than usual. “We’re very fortunate that Mercer County really put safety as the utmost priority and took the action to get us to this point,” said Deanna Stockton, the town’s deputy administrator for infrastructure and operations.

Two ordinances scheduled to be considered were carried over to the next meeting on June 13. One is related to amending sewer connection fees; the other to accessory dwelling units modifying the definitions of “attic” and “floor area.” A resolution authorizing the hiring of H2M Architects & Engineers, not to exceed $208,100 for a municipal facilities assessment study — principally of 400 Witherspoon Street and Monument Hall — was approved.

Council voted in favor of several other resolutions related to a contract for a community block grant dental program with Dr. Lekha Tull, the purchase of four new hybrid vehicles, the purchase of a pickup truck with plow, and the services of various consulting firms.

The budget of the recently established Special Improvement District was officially introduced, and a public hearing will be held on June 27.

The meeting also included presentations on the town’s proposed bid solicitation for the collection and disposal of solid waste, bulky waste, and organics; and the progress of the Community Center Feasibility Task Force.

The next meeting of Council is Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m.