The Paris City Council mostly took care of housekeeping items when it met on Monday, May 7 at the Municipal Building. Prior to the meeting, Aldermen sat and listened to public comment about the city’s parks.

Mayor Daniel Rogers said the public hearing was needed before the city can apply for a grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. If awarded the grant, the city plans to use the funds to build a splash pad at Wood Street Park next year.

“Most of the comments were about parks in general,” Rogers said.

Members of the public on hand expressed concern about the ball fields at Veterans Park, according to Rogers. Then, at the City Council meeting, Aldermen added $15,000 to the 2018 budget to do improvements at the fields, Rogers said.

At the City Council meeting, Aldermen approved the reappointment of Paul Young to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Brad Simon to the Parks Commission and Keith Downs to the Airport Commission. Each was unanimously reappointed to a five-year term.

Aldermen also approved a resolution setting a public hearing on a request to close a portion of North First Street. The hearing will take place on Monday, June 4 at 6 p.m., just before the regular monthly meeting of the City Council.

Aldermen also approve a budget resolution that allows the city to replace two water filters at the water production plant at a cost of $200,000. Aldermen also added $20,000 to the already-budgeted $150,000 to repair the city’s solid waste transfer station. Rogers said the station, which was to have re-opened this month, will now open in mid-July because of problems encountered when putting in a concrete pad to hold a new compactor.

Aldermen also added $12,000 to the budget to fix a storm siren on the west side of town. Rogers said the sirent quit working earlier this year.