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Princeton City Council hears Z-Tour was a success, remembers Dick Nelson

Last Updated on July 22nd, 2014

Written by Paul Bomleny

This past weekend’s Z-Tour is being deemed a success. At last night’s Princeton City Council meeting, City Manager Jeff Clausen said the charity bicycling event drew 578 paid riders, up 75 from last year and a couple hundred from the year before. He also noted a major jump, from 70 last year to 150 this year, in the number of those racing the 100 mile course.  He said there were 2 injuries during the event, but both ended up being relatively minor. Proceeds from the Z-Tour go to Zearing Child Enrichment Center.  Clausen also announced that the City Hall and Fire Department telephone system’s voicemail is not working. He said it’s a 20-plus year old system and they’re having difficulties trying to get it repaired or replaced. In the meantime, messages will be taken by hand. But if you call after hours, the phone will just ring and ring until the voicemail is fixed.  Commissioner Joel Quiram voiced concern over the condition of the landscaping at the new city water plant, mainly the abundance of weeds.  Mayor Keith Cain said he’d noticed the same problem and it’s being taken care of. Quiram also said there are foot-deep divets in the lawn area that need to be filled in with dirt.  Commissioner Bob Warren gave the monthly building report for June, saying 14 residential permits were issued for a total of $1,427,890. Five commercial and industrial permits were issued for a total of $278,500. Warren says, year to date, 50 building permits have been issued for a total of $2.4 million.  Mayor Cain finished the meeting with thoughts on his friend and longtime Princeton entrepreneur and community leader Dick Nelson.  He called Nelson a “great fella, a very community minded person” and asked those in attendance to keep Nelson’s family in their prayers.  Dick Nelson is being remembered as a successful businessman who gave much back to his community. He died on Friday at the age of 79.