The Paris City Council will face a busy agenda when it gathers on Monday, March 5 for a regular monthly meeting.
The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building and is open to the public.
There are six items of business before Aldermen.
Under unfinished business, Aldermen will consider a resolution allowing the city to apply for a grant for upgrades at the American Legion Hut, a resolution regarding the old train locomotive at Veterans Park, an ordinance approving a restaurant’s application for a private club permit and an amendment to the 2018 budget. Under new business, the City Council will hear from representatives of the East Logan Water Users Association and hear Mayor Daniel Rogers’ State of the City report.
If approved by the City Council, Paris will apply for a grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Commission to fund repairs at the Legion Hut. If approved, the city will have the Western Arkansas Planning and Development District apply for a matching grant of $82,000. The city will be responsible for one-third of that or approximately $27,000, according to Rogers.
Planned repairs include removal of the drop ceiling, replacement of the heating and air conditioning unit, making the bathrooms ADA compliant, adding LED lighting, removing closets, updating electrical and insulation and adding a handicapped parking spot. The Legion Hut is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a city-owned property.
Last month, City Attorney Cory Wells was asked by the council to draw up a city ordinance that would allow El Parian Mexican Restaurant to apply for a private club permit from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
The amendment to the 2018 budget will be about paying for repairs to the city’s solid waste transfer station.
“Our transfer station bid came in $20,000 more than the anticipated $130,000 when we passed the 2018 budget,” Rogers said. “So I will ask the council to move money from the water and sewer maintenance and operations budget line item and will be asking them to increase the line item dealing with the transfer station from $130,000 to $150,000. Improvements to transfer station should be completed sometime in April.”
The City Council will also hear from representatives of the East Logan Water Users Association, Rogers said.
“Some representatives from their association have ask to be placed on the agenda to discuss issues they are having with their water, and want to know what will be done by the city to help correct those problems,” Rogers said.
After the meeting, Rogers will hold a public meeting about utility bills residents received earlier this month. The bills were higher because of a cold January.