Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers used an appearance at the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet last Saturday to deliver his State of the City speech.

Rogers told a packed ballroom at The Lodge at Mount Magazine State Park that the state of Paris is “good” and highlighted a number of projects that he described as “major improvements.”

Among those are improvements to the city’s water system, the parks and streets that are scheduled to be done this year. He also spoke about the city’s support for downtown revitalization, the opening of the Tyson Foods Logan County Career Center and the announcement that Big River Roller Manufacturing will be coming to Paris and operating out of a vacant building next to the Paris-Subiaco Municipal Airport in July.

“As you can see we have a lot going on and I look forward to a great 2018 and to working with our City Council to make progress for our fine city,” Rogers said.

The water system improvement will cost about $4 million and involve the replacement and relocation of a nearly 100-year-old water line and upgrades of equipment at the city’s water production plant. The loan paying for the project will be paid back using proceeds of a 1 percent sales tax increase approved by voters four years ago, Rogers said.

Parks improvement include construction of a splash pad at Veterans Park and landscaping at Wood Street Park. Those improvements will get underway this spring, Rogers said.

As for the announcement of a new manufacturing business is coming to Paris, Rogers said they were originally prepared to set up operations in Russellville.

Rogers also said company representatives have told the Paris City Council that “it wasn’t unrealistic for them to employ 50 people within five years of being open, with average pay being approximately $50,000.”