Preparation for upcoming holidays and support for a new snack destination occupied a brief meeting of the Paris City Council this past Monday.
The council also amended its contract with The Equity to furnish water to the industry, located at Horace five miles north of Paris. Construction of a new water line from Paris, north along state Route 1 to the Horace-Brocton Road and then west to Horace, is expected to start next year. It will also continue north to serve the city of Chrisman’s water system. A contract for this municipal customer has been signed by both the Paris and Chrisman city councils.
A $10,000 grant, recommended by the Downtown Redevelopment District (TIF) for a new restaurant near the old Paris High School building, was approved. The sandwich and ice cream restaurant will be opened next year by Eno and Trish Vitale and is named the “The Fizz.” It will occupy two lots currently vacant on the southeast corner of Main and Crawford streets, just south of the former high school, and represents an investment of approximately $211,000 according to information provided to the TIF advisory committee.
It is downtown parade and ceremony time.
The council paved the way by directing that Main Street be closed by the Veterans’ Memorial on the east side of the square on Nov. 11 (Veterans Day).
Main and Central between Elizabeth and Union streets will be closed from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 for the Chamber of Commerce’s illuminated parade closing out the day’s Christmas in Paris festivities.
Also approved for closing was the south side of the square on Halloween evening for the Chamber’s “Scare On The Square” event unless the event was to relocate due to the weather.
The city owns the former vocational agriculture building on Central, south of Eveland gym, and the council approved replacement of the hot water heating pump by Ruyle for $3,700. Fire Apparatus Independent Repair was approved for the annual fire pump service test, costing $700.
During December or January, Agricycle will undertake the grinding of brush piled at the Potts Lane landscape waste site for $26,900. Commissioner Jerry Branson said this will be reduced by $1,500 if the city of Marshall decides to use Agricycle at the same time.
The next city council meeting was moved to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, due to the Veterans Day holiday on Nov. 11. An agenda-setting meeting is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. Both are open to the public.