City will lower East Lake

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The water level of the East Lake will be lowered at the end of October, commissioner Steve Kemper announced to the Paris City Council this week.

Partial draining of the lake offers two advantages. It permits landowners with shoreline property to address repairs of docks and maintenance of shoreline stabilization. It also exercises the outlet valve through the earthen dam at the south end of the lake.

The city decided last year to lower the lake on alternate years rather than annually, at the advice of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fisheries. Less frequent lowering helps protect the health of the game fish population in the lake, the IDNR explained.

Programs by school and civic organizations were recognized by the Paris City Council at the Monday, Sept 24, meeting.

A delegation of students and teachers presented a new initiative in District 95 schools. It is designed to combat the feeling of isolation and depression felt by some students. Termed the “Start With Hello” project, it is part of a nationwide program to develop a culture of inclusion for grades two through high school.

District 95 Superintendent Jeremy Larson thanked the city for its continuing support of local education.

Members of the Paris Lions Club received a proclamation from Mayor Craig Smith designating Oct. 12-13 as “Lions Candy Days” in Paris. This fund appeal supports projects to help visually or hearing-impaired citizens.

The Edgar County HCEA chapter will observe “HCEA Week” Oct. 7-12, according to another proclamation read by Smith. Activities include an annual international dinner for members and guests, and will start with a quilt show at the 4-H building during this weekend’s Honeybee Festival.

Retiring Paris Police Sgt. Ray Sollars received a plaque recognizing his 38 years of service with the police department, at the opening of the council meeting. Later the council authorized the promotion of officer Phillip Kohelenberg to sergeant as recommended by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.

Traffic control signs in Paris will have a new face later this year. The city council accepted a $74,695 grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation to purchase all new signs, which will be installed by city forces.

Looking to the future, the council established the annual Halloween trick or treat within the city to the hours of 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. Participants should be no older than 12 years. The Chamber of Commerce also will organize a Halloween event for children in the downtown business district.

Commissioner Jerry Branson commended members of the Paris Park Board for their work this year, in particular the repainting and refurbishing of the Spicer shelter in Twin Lakes Park.

Smith closed the meeting with the reminder the next regular city council session moves to Tuesday, Oct. 9, due to the Columbus Day holiday on Monday.