Brief Paris city meeting honors Horizon Health hospital and Jenison

By GARY HENRY ghenry@prairiepress.net
Posted 11/16/20

A short Paris City Council meeting Monday, Nov. 9, moved quickly through business.

Mayor Craig Smith reported he and commissioners Drew Griffin and Harry Hughes visited Horizon Health that morning …

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Brief Paris city meeting honors Horizon Health hospital and Jenison

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A short Paris City Council meeting Monday, Nov. 9, moved quickly through business.

Mayor Craig Smith reported he and commissioners Drew Griffin and Harry Hughes visited Horizon Health that morning to deliver a proclamation honoring the hospital on 50 years of service in its present location.

“The proclamation basically recognized the community effort to build the hospital,” said Smith.

He recalled in 1968 how his mother, and many other volunteers, knocked on doors in Paris canvassing for donations to build a new hospital. That effort helped raise $1 million in the community.

“This was truly a community effort to build the hospital,” said Smith.

The mayor also confirmed an order that lowered flags in the city to half-mast in honor of Ned Jenison, who died Oct. 31. Jenison, a life-long Paris resident and publisher of the former Paris Beacon-News, was a tireless — but quiet — booster of Paris.

“It is the least we can do to honor Ned,” said Smith.

In business items, the council approved more than $360,000 toward the completion of the Tiger Senior Apartments project that is converting the former Paris High School on Main Street into apartments for senior citizens.

“It is moving right along,” Smith said. “My understanding is there are 47 applications for 42 apartments. This joins Maple Ridge Apartments as another victory for affordable housing in Paris.”

Payments of more than $5,000 were authorized for B&B Tree Service & Concrete for concrete work on Marshall Street, Madison Street and Crawford Court.

Paris City Attorney Rich Kash reported the condemnation of several properties is advancing.

Smith closed the meeting by urging residents to be mindful of the COVID-19 Pandemic and to act responsibly.

“We would be remiss if we didn’t tell people to be safe out there,” said Smith. “We are getting big numbers in Edgar County.”

The first positive COVID-19 case in Edgar County occurred in late May and as of Nov. 9, there have been 507 people test positive and 12 deaths in the county. The week prior to the Paris city meeting had the highest number of new cases in a seven-day period so far with 62 new cases, and Paris 95 schools returned to remote learning for the remainder of the month.