Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers has been notified that the city is getting $250,000 from the Arkansas Street Aid Committee for improvements to city streets this year. Rogers plans to couple that money with $150,000 to do work on city streets this year.
Rogers plans to notify the City Council about the funds when it meets for a regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building. Other items on the agenda include consideration of a request to rezone property, hearing from a representative of the Coal Miners Memorial and Museum Commission, consideration of a private club license for a Paris restaurant, an update on improvements to the city’s water infrastructure and discussion about condemnation of a home that burned last fall, Rogers said.
“I’m very excited about this money,” Rogers said last week. “We’re going to be able to get a lot done. This allows us to put $400,000 into street projects this year. If we need more money to complete the projects, I’ll ask the City Council to approve it.”
Planned work includes overlays to portions of Brown Street, Main Street, Wood Street, First Street, Second Street, Third Street and 10th Street.
Also at the meeting, Aldermen will consider rezoning property located behind Tillmon Tax Service in East Walnut from R-1 residential to R-2. The property owner wants to place a double-wide mobile home on the property if the rezoning is approved. The Planning and Zoning Commission has forwarded this issue to the City Council without making a recommendation.
“They did say all legal requirements for rezoning have been met,” Rogers said.
Dr. Curtis Varnell, a member of the Coal Miners Memorial and Museum Commission, wants to talk with Aldermen about plans to move a locomotive, now on display at Veterans Park, to the memorial and museum grounds, Rogers said.
Aldermen will also consider a private club license request from El Parian Mexican Restaurant.
“The law has changed on something like this,” Rogers said. “In the past, the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control Commission would hear these requests. Now, the City Council has to approve or deny the permit. The ABC only determines if the request has complied with state law.”
The home being considered for condemnation is at 157 South Wiggins. The home burned last fall.
“I’ve been told the cause of the fire is still under investigation,” Rogers said. “If it is, we can’t condemn it. I’ll find out before the meeting.”
The meeting is open to the public.