Last year, Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers expressed an interest in following a move by Clarksville to generate part of the electricity the city needs with solar power.
Monday, Paris Aldermen are going to hear a presentation by representatives of Scenic Hill Solar Power about setting up a solar power array in Paris. The company has previously established a solar power array covering more than 40 acres in Clarksville. Among those doing the presentation will be former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.
That’s one part of a busy agenda for Aldermen. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building and is open to the public. Other items on the agenda include a discussion about write offs in the electrical department from 2017, a discussion about building a side walk where a Casey’s General Store is to be built, a resolution about state aid for street projects and hearing from a representative from Pinnacle Telecom about internet services for businesses.
“Scenic Hill is going to talk about building a solar power array that will generate two megawatts of power,” Rogers said. “The conservative estimate is that it will save the citizens of Paris over $8 million over a 30-year period. I like the idea of saving residents money. If the City Council likes it, I’ll propose a resolution authorizing me to negotiate a contract with them.”
Scenic Hill, of North Little Rock, built a solar array in Clarksville that generate six megawatts of power, Rogers said.
“Two megawatts is between 5 percent and 7 percent of our total electricity load that we buy from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority.”
If the Aldermen approve a resolution to accept state aid for street work, Rogers said the city will get between $250,000 and $280,000 for repair work this year.
Rogers also said that Pinnacle Telecom is interested in possibly bringing fiber optic interest services to some Paris businesses.
Rogers also said the City Council will consider a resolution to seek a grant to pay for sidewalks in the city.
“We got turned down for the grant last year, but if they approve the resolution, we’re going to try again,” Rogers said.
Rogers also said that Casey’s General Store has given the city $6,500 to build a sidewalk in front of the store they plan to build in Paris. The store will be built on a block of property on North Fifth Street between East Walnut and Pine streets. Rogers said the company plans to begin construction at the site in April. He added the sidewalk will be put in after construction of the store is finished.