New Paris applies for street improvement grant


NEW PARIS — The Village of New Paris passed two resolutions as part of a Neighborhood Revitalization Grant during their meeting on Monday, March 7.

The first resolution was for the village to apply for Community Development Block Grant through the Preble County Commissioners. The funds would be used for street and infrastructure improvements. The intention is for a sidewalk replacement along East Cherry Street.

The second resolution was very similar to the first, but comes with the village potentially having to match up to $50,000 of the funds.

Council waived the three readings for both resolutions and passed them both unanimously.

They also discussed a potential replacement for a current open seat on council. Council brought in Sasha Cortner, under the recommendation of Mayor Rick VanWinkle, for a council vote but she was not approved, receiving three no-votes.

The decision to vote no wasn’t a vote against her, necessarily, however. There are still two other candidates who have expressed interest in the seat – Nick Kiefer and Chris Brower – who council also wants to meet with before making a final decision.

The three candidates will be invited to next month’s meeting.

In other business, the village also renewed its current, $150,000 flood insurance policy while also recognizing a surplus in the following items: a snow plow, 2000 Chevy Impala police cruiser, light bar, sirens, control switches, and a non-working refrigerator. Council needed to approve the surplus so the village is allowed to sell or auction off the items if they so choose.

New Paris Village Council meets on the first Monday of every month at the village office located at 301 W. Cherry St. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

By Jeremy Erskine

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Reach Jeremy at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @jerskine_RH.

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