The Paris City Council unanimously condemned two of six properties recommended for condemnation proceedings when it met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 4.
The two properties condemned are at 514 South Elm Street and 3310 East Mary Street, according to Mayor Daniel Rogers.
“City Attorney Cory Wells is going to check and see if we can condemn four other properties under state law,” Rogers said. “If we can, they will be put on the agenda for the July meeting.”
Those four properties are located at 211 South Elm, 500 South Elm, 902 North Fourth Street and 206 South Third Street.
“The property owners have all gotten letters about code violations in the past,” Rogers said. “If the condemnations are approved, they’ll get a certified letter giving them 30 days to fix the problems.”
Rogers also indicated that more condemnations could come in the future.
“Right now, we have 20 properties in town that will soon get letters about their code violations,” Rogers said.
Aldermen also took action on a budget resolution during the meeting. Aldermen unanimously approved spending $7,500 for a chair lift at the city swimming pool. It’s a replacement for a chair lift that broke down. Aldermen also approved setting aside $4,400 to pay property taxes on a vacant industrial building located on Airport Industrial Road. The building previously housed a tool and dye manufacturer that has relocated. The building was given to the city and will house a roller manufacturer that is supposed to open this summer. The company will lease the building from the city. Aldermen also approved giving $10,000 to the Coal Miners Museum and Memorial. The funds will be designated to move the train locomotive now at Veterans Park to the museum and have it refurbished for display. The project is estimated to cost $20,000 and supporters of the project recently raised $7,000 during an online auction.
“That money has been designated for moving the train for years,” Rogers said.
Each of the budget items was approved unanimously.
Also, Aldermen conducted a public hearing on closure of a section of North First Street.
“It was determined that parts of the street that were never paved due to being a dead end street would be given back to the property owners and that the city would only keep a right of way for the current paved portion of the street,” Rogers said.
“A discussion took place on how we need to legally go about putting liens on properties we condemn and properties we mow that are in violation of code,” Rogers said. “Discussion took place and no action was needed from the council. The Mayor or acting code enforcer will get with the City Attorney and get liens on properties we clean up or condemn in hopes of being reimbursed when those properties sell.”