ST. PARIS – The village council was informed Monday that development of potential Safe Routes to Graham Local Schools is on hold.

During the Jan. 19 meeting, resident Brenda Cook spoke about the Safe Routes to School program and her interest in implementing sidewalks or multi-use paths from the village to the middle school.

Council tabled taking action to send Cook to the Safe Routes to School National Conference in Columbus during the Feb. 1 meeting to gather more information on what the school district would contribute toward the attendance cost of the conference.

Village Administrator Joe Sampson updated council Monday saying the school is working on a travel plan as part of the Safe Route development process.

“I believe it had been agreed with her and the school that for right now it is not the opportune time to go to that seminar until that travel plan has been completed,” Sampson said.

First reading to accept annexation

Council held the first reading of an ordinance to accept the petition for an annexation of land into the village.

The ordinance would accept a petition started by the First Church of God, St. Paris, to annex 23.471 acres from Johnson Township. Hearings on the annexation were held on Dec. 8 and 29, 2015, before the Champaign County Commissioners.

The annexation was approved by the county commissioners on Dec. 29, 2015.

A map of the annexation plat shows the property includes parts of the township east of the village to Heck Hill Road.

In other action:

•Sampson reiterated job openings in the street department and water/sewer department were posted on the village’s website.

•Sampson said he received a notice from the publishers of Yellowbook who said they will deliver phone books between April 26 and May 17. He asked for residents to let him know if books are being thrown around.

By Nick Walton

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.