The Paris City Council heard updates and got new information on some unfinished business — in other words housekeeping items — when it met for its monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 5.
First, Aldermen heard from Coal Miners Memorial and Museum Commission member Dr. Curtis Varnell about plans to move and refurbish the locomotive now on display at Veterans Park. Plans are to refurbish the locomotive and move it to the Coal Miners Museum and Memorial and put it on display.
“They told us they didn’t think they would need city money,” Mayor Daniel Rogers said. “Council members voiced support for the project and the City Attorney may prepare a resolution in support of the project.”
Representatives of Paris Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts also told Aldermen about plans to renovate the Legion Hut, where Scouts meet. Plans are to apply for a grant to get the work done.
The City Council also approved rezoning of property in the 1800 block of East Main from R-1 to R-2 so a double-wide mobile home can be located on the property. The vote was 5-1 with Alderman Raymond Sharum casting the lone no vote.
Rogers also updated Aldermen on plans to condemn 157 South Wiggins Drive. A fire destroyed the structure last fall but Rogers told Aldermen an investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, so plans to condemn are on hold, for now.
Aldermen also told City Attorney Cory Wells to prepare an ordinance approving the issuance of a private club license for El Parian Mexican restaurant. Wells told the City Council that the license application had to have City Council approval before the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board will grant the license. Wells was asked to present the ordinance at next month’s meeting.
The City Council also heard an update on water improvement projects that will cost about $4 million. They were told the city is awaiting permission of the Arkansas Department of Health before starting work. The projects call for movement of a main water line running from Klan Street to Pine Street along South Elm Street and improvements at the water production plant. Rogers told Aldermen bids on the projects will be sought in April or May and work could begin in June.
The City Council also approved going ahead with repairs at the city’s Solid Waste Transfer Station. The city has received a bid of $150,000 for the work and appropriated $130,000 in the 2018 budget. The remainder will come from proceeds of a 1 percent sales tax increase dedicated to water and sewer improvements. The transfer station has been closed since last fall awaiting repairs.