City Council supports industrial expansion

By NED JENISON njenison@mac.com
Posted 2/3/20

Support for two manufacturing centers in the west industrial area was completed at this week’s meeting of the Paris City Council.

PlyGem Holdings, parent company of Simonton Windows, will …

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City Council supports industrial expansion

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Support for two manufacturing centers in the west industrial area was completed at this week’s meeting of the Paris City Council.

PlyGem Holdings, parent company of Simonton Windows, will receive $100,000 in reimbursement from the Jasper Street TIF (Tax Increment Finance) fund. This will help finance an additional production line of a new window style, and result in an increase in employment. This is part of a major investment made by the company this past year in the Paris plant.

The council also approved a resolution through the Illinois Highway Code for relocation of Stratton Street into the industrial area. At its previous meeting the city requested a state grant for $904,000 to move the road to a new entrance with state Route 133, and to extend water and sanitary sewer services to the new expansion planned by GSI.

A tract of land owned by James and Shirley Haught adjacent to Route 133 was annexed into the city. Also approved was the annual request for use of motor fuel tax funds to maintain city streets.

Jamie Littleton closed out a 20-year career with the city on Jan. 31. His resignation as city code enforcement officer was reluctantly accepted by the council and allows him to join the staff of the Illinois Laborers’ Home Development Corp.

In other business, the council approved the annual intergovernmental agreement between the Paris Fire Department and other emergency services; payment to PumpWorx of $7,230 to replace a sludge pump at the sewage plant; payment of $1,844 to Spear Corp to maintain a chlorinator at the plant; and payment to Kirby Risk to rebuild a well pump drive for $12,130.

The next city council meeting is 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, with a meeting agenda 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4. Both are at city hall and open to the public.