Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers did an about face on a measure he had planned for discussion at the Monday, March 6 meeting of the Paris City Council.
Rogers had planned to discuss purchasing trash bins for every residence in the city. However, at the meeting, the mayor told members of the City Council that he’d had a change of heart.
“We had a very brief discussion about trash bins,” Rogers said last week. “I let them know I’d heard several concerns stating we didn’t need to get trash bins for residents. There was very little passion about the idea and people seemed to be happy with the way things are with trash pickup. So, I told them we would just drop it.”
Ahead of the meeting, Rogers floated the idea of buying trash bins for residents as a clean up measure and a way to solve a problem.
“We’re going to talk about buying every residence a trash bin and requiring that they use it,” Rogers said before the meeting. “We’ve been working to get rid of those plastic, makeshift bins. It’ll help the city look better and be more sanitary.”
Rogers also said before the meeting that issuing standardized trash bins to every residence will be easier on employees who collect trash.
At the time, Rogers also said that most cities which supply trash bins to residences don’t charge for the first one. Rogers did say he would be against fining a resident if they don’t use the new containers.
Also at the meeting, City Attorney Corey Wells was instructed to prepare an amendment to an existing ordinance requiring a building permit before doing construction. The amendment would assess a $20 fine if a building permit is not obtained.
“The City Council asked for the amendment as requested by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission,” Rogers said. “We have some people who just won’t get building permits that are required by ordinance. Right now, if you don’t get a building permit, you can loose electrical service. The existing ordinance allows for an appeal process, too.”
The appeal process requires a hearing before a panel composed of three member of the City Council, the City Clerk and the Mayor.
Rogers said the amendment assessing the $20 fine will be presented for a first reading at the April meeting of the City Council.
The City Council also discussed an old ordinance dating back to the 1950s that restricted the number of alcohol permits in the city to six.
Six permits exist and additional permits have been recently requested, Rogers said.
“The City Attorney thought we could give permits to anyone who applies,” Rogers said. “We wanted to make sure we were on solid ground issuing new permits and the City Attorney didn’t thing we needed to take action on it.”