Princeville favorable to comprehensive plan

For The Weekly Post

PRINCEVILLE – The Princeville Village Board gave tentative approval to a Village of Princeville Comprehensive Plan during its May 18 meeting.

The next step for the board is to pass an ordinance that will make the plan official, according to Village President Jeff Troutman. The plan spells out what the village wants to do in a buffer zone that extends to 1.5 miles around the village’s corporate limits.

“Anything that builds in that zone has to come before village approval instead of just receiving [Peoria County] approval,” Troutman said.

Troutman said there is no development in the works right now, adding this is just to prepare for what may come in the future.

In other action, the board voted to approve a marketing agreement with the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Cost of the agreement is $5,000 for the first year and $6,000 in the second year.

“After two years we can withdraw if we don’t see benefits,” Troutman said.

If Princeville stays with the marketing agreement, the final three years will cost $7,500 per year.

The board awarded the annual contract for sealcoating of streets to Pavement Maintenance out of Henry. Troutman said the contract topped $80,000 but was 3.3 percent under engineer estimates. Work is paid for with the Motor Fuel Tax and should be done by the end of August, at the latest.

The board also:
• Approved closing Illinois Route 91 from Spring to North streets for Heritage Days, June 24-27.
• Voted to donate $1,000 to the Princeville St. Jude Runners;
• Heard that a tentative village budget was not yet ready for discussion. “We are waiting on the accountant to hand it over,” Troutman said.