City of Paris pays large bills at most recent meeting

BY GARY HENRY ghenry@prairie.net
Posted 11/21/22

The Paris City Council authorized the dispersal of big cash amounts during the Monday, Nov. 14, meeting.

Feutz Contractors and B&T Drainage received most of the payments for work …

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City of Paris pays large bills at most recent meeting

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The Paris City Council authorized the dispersal of big cash amounts during the Monday, Nov. 14, meeting.

Feutz Contractors and B&T Drainage received most of the payments for work completed.

Feutz was paid $841,350 for work related to bringing a sewer to the new Farm Credit building on state Route 16 and street projects on Grandview and other locations.

City manager Michael Martin said the street projects were funded by Rebuild Illinois. It included repaving Grandview, joint repair and resurfacing on Jefferson, surface work on the street by the Decatur Earth Movers branch and some alley work.

Most of B&T’s payment was tied to the Farm Credit development on Route 16, but there were other projects as well.

Financing for the water line connecting Paris and Chrisman, by which Paris sells water to the northern Edgar County city, is closed. Commissioner Paul Ruff announced approval of the final loan closing amendment for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Water Supply Loan Program. Chrisman’s portion of the loan was previously forgiven by the EPA, and Martin said EPA granted Paris $400,000 in forgiveness.

Per Mayor Craig Smith’s recommendation, the city renewed participation in the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) for firefighting. MABAS is a mutual aid call box system among fire departments across the state.

“We are happy to have been involved with this for some time,” said Smith.

The council accepted Jacob Robinson’s resignation from the police department and authorized the board of police and fire commissioners to hire a replacement.

As part of the mayor’s segment of the meeting, Smith read a portion of the police department’s monthly report for October:

Calls handled by the desk, 2,942

Calls handled by officers, 1,374

Traffic stops, 347

Sex offenders registered by the department, 11

911 calls handled by the city, 170

Number of reports taken, 214

Adult arrests, 168

Juvenile arrests, 2

On the criminal side, the single biggest category was domestic battery. Officers took nine domestic battery reports and made five arrests.