Council honors football team

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The City of Paris extended official congratulations to the undefeated Paris High School Tiger football squad and coaches at Monday’s, Oct. 22, meeting of the city council.

At the opening of the meeting, Mayor Craig Smith read a proclamation of appreciation to assembled team members and coaches, on behalf of all the citizens of the city. With the city decorated in orange and black team colors, team members started a week of events leading up to Saturday’s first round state playoff competition against Salem at Tiger field.

In another sports-related discussion, Betsy Higginbotham of the Paris Pacers organization presented plans for a sanctioned triathlon race. The race is tentatively set for June 23, 2019, and includes running, biking and swimming events.

The Paris Police Department officially has a new shift sergeant.

Mayor Smith presented a commissioning certificate to Sgt. Phillip Kohlenberg, who fills the vacancy left by the retirement of Sgt. Ray Sollars.

Preparations for the Christmas holiday season in Paris were advanced as the council approved scheduling of the Christmas In Paris parade, sponsored by the Paris Chamber of Commerce on Friday night, Nov. 23. At previous council meetings, approval for the Halloween Trick or Treat hours of 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, and the traditional Veterans’ Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, were approved.

In other actions during the brief business meeting, the council renewed the city’s property and casualty insurance, paid $2,093 to American Legal Publishing for updating the city’s ordinances; approved repairs costing $7,160 on fire department engine seven by Faulk’s Garage; and purchased a new fire hydrant from Illinois Meter for $1,775.

The next city council meeting is 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, with an agenda meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at city hall.