Paris soon to vacate alleys

By GARY HENRY ghenry@prairiepress.net
Posted 1/11/21

The Paris City Council took the first step in abandoning three alleys near the town square Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Before starting the scheduled pre-agenda meeting, the council held a hearing regarding …

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Paris soon to vacate alleys

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The Paris City Council took the first step in abandoning three alleys near the town square Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Before starting the scheduled pre-agenda meeting, the council held a hearing regarding the vacation.

“None of the alleys are being used,” said Mayor Craig Smith.

One of the alleys is on Union Street. It starts across the street from the old Stewart Wire Mill and dead ends into empty property.

The other two alleys are part of the parking lot/downtown beautification project currently under way behind Prospect Bank on Wood Street, north to Union Street. This multifaceted project involves the bank, the city and Edgar County, as some of the work involves area around the Edgar County Jail.

Bob Colvin, of Francis Engineering, offered the only comment during the hearing. He wanted to make sure the ordinance vacating the alleys will contain language preserving the city’s right to access any buried utilities located in the alleys.

“That should be understood,” said Smith, directing city manager Michael Martin to make sure the appropriate language appears in the ordinance when it comes before the council for passage.