The Paris City Council held a special meeting last week to deal with what might be called a housekeeping item. The council is scheduled to hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 1 and the agenda is dominated by what might be called housekeeping items.
The special meeting was held on Monday, April 17 at the Municipal Building. At the meeting, council members approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Daniel Rogers to apply for a grant from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. If the grant application is successful, Rogers said last week the funds will likely be used to build or repair sidewalks in the city.
“We’re hoping to get $90,000 to $100,000 with $15,000 to $20,000 of that coming from city funds,” Rogers said. “I’m not 100 percent sure what we’ll do, but it will likely be spent on some new sidewalks or used to repair existing sidewalks, especially around our schools. We have to apply for the funds by the end of April and hopefully we’ll know something by the end of the summer.”
The grant requires that the city match 20 percent of the state funds. Rogers said Crafton Tull Engineers of Russelllville will actually apply for the grant on behalf of the city.
The regular monthly meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 1 and be held at the Municipal Building. Agenda items include reappointment of members to city commission. Three members of the city’s Airport Commission are up for reappointment. One member of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission is up for reappointment and one member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission is up for reappointment.
Other items on the agenda include updating the list of signers on safety deposit boxes the city has at First National Bank of Paris, a discussion about the Farmers Market in Paris, unfinished business, committee reports, a financial report and comments from the public.