The Paris City Council will gather Monday, May 7 for a regular monthly meeting at the Municipal Building.

However, before the Aldermen begin their meeting, they will listen to the public about plans for city parks in a public meeting scheduled for 5 p.m.

“This is going to be a chance for the City Council to hear from the public about a grant application to build a splash pad,” Mayor Daniel Rogers said.

The city plans to apply for a grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism to build a splash pad at the Wood Street Park. Initially, according to Rogers, the splash pad was to be built this year at Veterans Park. However, the Parks Commission changed its mind and wanted the pad built at Wood Street Park.

Paris had already gotten a grant from Parks and Tourism to built either a splash pad or basketball courts. Plans now are to build basketball courts at Wood Street Park using funds from a grant awarded last year and build a splash pad next year using funds which will be awarded later this year.

The public hearing is required by the grant application process, Rogers said.

The regular meeting of the City Council will take place at 6 p.m. The agenda is light, only three items are listed under new business and one under old business. In addition, there will be committee reports and comments from the public, according to the agenda.

New business includes the reappointment of three people to the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Airport Commission and the Parks Commission, according to Rogers. Aldermen will be asked to reappoint Paul Young to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Brad Simon to the Parks Commission and Keith Downs to the Airport Commission. The terms are for five years.

Aldermen will also consider passage of a resolution to fix a hearing on a citizen’s proposal to abandon or close a portion of First Street. A budget resolution is also on the agenda.

Aldermen are also expected to hear from a representative of Pinnacle Telecom about plans to install fiber optic lines down East and West Walnut Street which would provide internet access to businesses, Rogers said.