The Paris City Council approved two resolutions, an ordinance an amendment to the 2018 budget and heard Mayor Daniel Rogers describe the state of the city as good during a regular monthly meeting held Monday, March 5 at the Municipal Building.
The City Council approved an ordinance allowing El Parian Mexican Restaurant to apply for a private club license from the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board, according to Rogers. In February, City Attorney Cory Wells was asked by the council to draw up the ordinance. Such an ordinance is now required by the ABC before applying for the license.
The City Council approved a resolution in support of a grant to fund renovations at the city-owned American Legion Hut. The grant will be sought from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Commission to fund work. 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.
The City Council also approve a resolution putting the board of the Coal Miners Memorial and Museum in charge of the locomotive that now sits in Veterans Park. The board has plans to move the locomotive from Veterans Park and put it on display at the miners memorial and museum.
The City Council also passed an amendment to the 2018 City Budget, paving the way for repairs to the transfer station, which broke down last year. The bid for the repairs came in $20,000 more than the anticipated $130,000 when the budget was approved, Rogers said. The amendment moves $20,000 from the water and sewer maintenance and operations budget line item and increases the line item dealing with the transfer station from $130,000 to $150,000. Improvements to transfer station should be completed sometime in April, according to Rogers.