St. Paris plants trees in 3 locations


By Paule Simone Brown

Contributing writer

ST. PARIS – The St. Paris Village Council met on Feb. 20 at a regularly-scheduled session in the municipal building.

Mayor Brenda Cook, Councilman Randy Smith, Councilwoman Susan Prince, Councilman Lynn Miller, Councilman Sam Ronicker, Councilman Joe Curran, Councilman Terry Ervin, Village Administrator Spencer Mitchell, Fiscal Officer Marc McGuire and Chief of Police Eric Smith were present.

Senior Pastor Jeremy Spence from the First Baptist Church gave the invocation prayer after the pledge of allegiance that evening.

After the unanimous approval of all meeting minutes and fiscal reports, Cook shared her mayor’s administrative notes and announcements. In her notes she announced she gave the policy and procedure manual to the village council so they could review the changes they approved in January.

Next, in her announcements she said the Evergreen Cemetery Clean-up will be Saturday, March 11 at 10 a.m.

After that, the council discussed calling a work session to talk about what options there might be for the 370 E. Main St. property, where the old junior high school was torn down. Cook called for a vote regarding the council holding a special work session. The motion was approved. A council work session is scheduled for Monday, March 6 at 6 p.m. before the regularly-scheduled council meeting.

New trees

Mitchell reported to the council that trees were planted throughout town. He explained the trees were planted in 2022. Mitchell said, “The village of St. Paris has planted 16 trees in the past two years and they are located on E. Main Street, in Harmon Park and in GYAA Baseball Park.”

Mitchell reported to the council that he will be serving on the Champaign County Tax Incentive Review Council (TIRC), a council that reviews tax abatements for Champaign County.

In old business, the mayor gave the third and final reading for council on Ordinance 2023-3, “an ordinance to establish procedures and fee amounts for the posting of messages onto the Village of St. Paris Marquee.” The village wants to allow the marquee to be used for community birthday announcements, graduation announcements, child birth announcements, wedding announcements and anniversary announcements.

All interested applicants would go through an application process and a fee of $10 will be charged per announcement, per day. The council passed the ordinance. In her remarks, the mayor said that non-profit organizations can put an announcement on the marquee for free.

The meeting adjourned and the next Village of St. Paris Council Meeting is set for Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m.

Dates and times of upcoming meetings in the village of St. Paris

-Planning Commission: Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

-Park and Trees Committee: Tuesday, March 7 at 10 a.m.

-Budget Committee: No meeting scheduled

-JSP Fire Board: Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at the firehouse

-Land and Building Committee: Friday, March 17 at 10 a.m.

-Council work session: Monday, March 6 at 6 p.m.

-Regular Council Meeting: Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m.

-Safety Committee: No meeting scheduled

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