NP cleaning up properties

By Kelsey Kimbler -

NEW PARIS — The Village of New Paris’ sanitation department is working with the Preble County Health Department to clean up properties in the village. Council member Mary Jane Thomas gave her report during a meeting on Monday, July 10.

“I’ve been working with the health department,” Thomas said. “They’re getting ready to send out another letter to the property on North High Street and the one on East Main Street, which I’m also collecting my information for. They’ve already had one warning and court is next.”

On the topic of cleaning up the village, council member Kathy Smallwood said, “We’ve had a lot of storm sewer backup into our garage and I don’t know if anybody has looked?”

Fiscal Officer Amanda Davies answered, as far as she knew they had looked and didn’t find anything. New Paris got three inches of rain in one hour and flooding was out of control.

In village safety news, in June, the New Paris Police Department handled 153 calls for service, took 45 reports, handled three arrests, issued 23 citations, and issued 31 warrants.

Officer Eric Stevens had a successful surgery and has been released to do light duty work. He has been helping to organize the evidence room and is waiting for his doctor to release him for full duty.

Village council adopted the tax budget for 2018.

There was also a discussion on a tiny house village that may come to the village, but council wishes to have additional conversations with the developer and among themselves.

They resolved to call a special meeting to make their decision, but a date has not yet been decided.

The regular meeting of New Paris Council will be held on Monday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. in the village municipal building.

By Kelsey Kimbler

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH