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Paris PD press release 3-1-18

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Press Release
March 1, 2018

On 02-28-2018 at 9:12 P.M. Officers responded to the 700 block of NE 7th in regards to a stabbing. Officers were told that a known suspect had stabbed the complainant several times with a pair of scissors during an argument. The injuries were said to be non-life threatening. The suspect left the scene prior to police arrival and the investigation is ongoing.

On 03-01-2018 at 1:32 A.M. Officers responded to the 2200 block of NW 19th in regards to a burglary of a residence complaint. Officers were told that an unknown suspect entered the residence and took numerous tools. The investigation is ongoing.

Paris Police responded to 84 calls for service and arrested 1 persons over the past 24 hours ending at 6:00 A.M. on March 1, 2018.


PEDC to convene into executive session Friday regarding property at Industrial Park

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The Paris Economic Development Corporation meets Friday, March 2 at 11 a.m. and is expected to go immediately into executive session to discuss “commercial and financial information and economic incentives” related to commercial real-estate development at the PEDC Industrial Park.

The meeting will be held in the  PEDC board room at 1125 Bonham St. Paris, Texas.

After a slow first week, Early Voting begins to pick up

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Heavy rains and flooding seem to have kept voters away from the polls last week. Only 742 people showed up to vote early in the first week.

The total number of voters Monday and Tuesday was 641, bringing the total to 1,383.

Across the state, reports are coming out that Democratic voters are turning up in higher numbers than Republicans. That’s not the case here.

Of those who have voted so far in Lamar County, 1,221 (88.6%) voted in the Republican primary while only 162 (11.4%) voted in the Democratic primary.

Registered voters who wish to vote early can go to the Lamar County Services Building at 231 Lamar Avenue (aka “the Old Post Office”) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. this week. Early voting ends Friday, March 2 at 5 p.m.

Polls will open on Election day, March 6 at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. For a list of Election Day voting locations, citizens should check here. (also included below)

UPDATED: This article has been edited to reflect the most recent numbers provided by Lamar County Elections Office. 2/28/18

County Commissioners swear in Jeff Jones as Constable of Precinct 2 Wednesday, Courthouse to host “Inherit The Wind”

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Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of the Lamar County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 28th day of February, 2018 at 1:00 p.m., in the Commissioners’ Courtroom located on the first floor of the Lamar County Courthouse, 119 North Main Street Paris, Texas, at which time there will be discussion and/or action on the following subjects:

1. Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag and the Texas Flag. – Lamar County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

2. Approval of minutes. – Lamar County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

3. Discussion and/or action regarding the Lamar County Commissioner’s Court allowing the “Paris Community Theatre”, including its’ staff, actors, cast, and crew, the use of the public areas of the Lamar County Courthouse, such as, the Courtrooms, jury rooms, restrooms, balcony, etc. in preparation for, and actual production of a famous American play, about the American legal system, called “Inherit the Wind.” The historic Lamar County District Courtroom, and the Lamar County Courthouse in general are excellent venues for just such an event. This play has been performed in the Courthouse in Clarksville, and other Courthouses around the nation which showcases high Courthouse drama. The Paris Community Theatre is requesting use of the building, after hours, beginning in early March through April 22, 2018. Judge R. Wesley Tidwell has approved the use of the District Courtroom for these dates. The Paris Community Theatre assures the Lamar County Commissioners Court that no staff members will enter any spaces that are not otherwise common areas of the Courthouse. During the production of the play, when the public will attend its’ performance, The Paris Community Theatre will hire off-duty police officers to act as security to safeguard the public and property. The Lamar County District Judges are in agreement that The Paris Community Theatre be allowed the use of the Lamar County Courthouse for the production of this important American play. Resolution No. R2018-005. The production dates for the play are FRIDAY, APRIL 20TH”, “SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST, AND “SUNDAY, APRIL 22ND. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND. Tickets may be purchased through Paris Community Theatre, Josh Maxwell Managing Director, Paris Community Theatre, PCT Office 115 Clarksville St., In the Brown Centre for the Creative Arts. Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 3pm. Phone – 903-784-0259. FAX – 903-784-4195. Email Seating is limited and everyone is advised to acquire their tickets early so as to be sure to attend this spectacular event in this very unique venue.—M. C. Superville, Jr., Lamar County Judge; R. Wesley Tidwell, Judge 6th Judicial District Lamar and Red River County, Will Biard, Judge 62nd Judicial District Lamar and Hopkins County, Bill Harris, County Court at Law Judge, Lamar County, Sydney Young, Attorney, Director of Inherit the Wind for PCT, Jill Drake, Assistant Prosecutor and Stage Manager for Inherit the Wind, Gary D. Young, Lamar County District and County Attorney.

4. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court to receive into the minutes a copy of the “acceptance letter” from Jeff Jones accepting the appointment to the position of Lamar County Constable Precinct Two position which was left vacant by Mike Ford. This appointment becomes effective upon the Courts’ receipt of this letter of acceptance, approval of a bond, and execution of the appropriate oath. – County judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

5. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court receiving and approving the Official Bond and Oath for Jeff Jones, Constable Precinct Two. – County Clerk, Ruth Sisson

6. Discussion and/or action by Lamar County Commissioners’ Court receiving into the minutes a copy of the letter dated February 21, 2018, that the County Judge sent to Mr. Tommy Henderson, Director of Operations with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). This letter is in regards to TxDOT donating additional salvage “Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement” (RAP) material to Lamar County. This request for material will not be counted against Lamar County’s current (FY2018) 2060 Weight Tolerance allocation of $19,199. – County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

7. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court receiving an update and status report on repairs, and needed repairs, in the Courthouse and/or other County property. The item contemplates Lamar County Commissioners’ taking reasonable action as needed to repair and/or maintain County property. – Lamar County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

8. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court to review and/or accept an “Engagement Letter for Initial GASB 75 OPEB Valuation for Lamar County” actuarial services to be provided to Lamar County for the September 2016 fiscal year by Gabriel, Roeder, Smith and Company(GRS) for a total cost not to exceed $2,500. – Lamar County Auditor, Kayla Hall

9. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ to approve “Master Interlocal Purchasing Agreement” between North Central Texas Council of Governments and Lamar County for actuarial shared services. – Lamar County Auditor, Kayla Hall

10.Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ to approve “Master Agreement Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Actuarial Valuations” between Gabriel Roeder Smith and Company (GRS) and Lamar County to perform an actuary of Lamar County’s OPEB. – Lamar County Auditor, Kayla Hall

11. Discussion and/or action by Lamar County Commissioners’ Court regarding line-item transfers for various offices. – Lamar County Auditor, Kayla Hall

12. Discussion and/or action by Lamar County Commissioners’ Court to approve payment of claims, payroll, and other bills. – Lamar County Auditor, Kayla Hall


Paris to meet Monday night to talk street repair, approve auction of foreclosed properties, and award contract for Home Program Grant

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Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Paris shall meet in regular session at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, February 26, 2018. The meeting will be held at the City Council Chamber, 107 E. Kaufman Street in Paris, Texas. The matters to be discussed and acted upon are as follows:
  1. Call meeting to order.
  2. Invocation.
  3. Pledge of Allegiance.
  4. A. Citizens’ forum.
    B. Proclamation designating February as “Career and Technical Education” Month.
  5. Approve minutes from the meeting on February 12, 2018.
  6. Receive reports and/or minutes from the following boards, commissions, and committees:
    a. Paris Board of Adjustment (12-5-2017)
    b. Airport Advisory Board (11-16-2017 & 1-18-20)18)
    c. Main Street Advisory Board (1-9-2018)
    d, Historic Preservation Commission (I -107-20118)
    e. Paris Economic Development Corporation (1-23-20)18)
    f. Paris Visitors & Convention Council (1-22-20118)
  7. Receive January monthly financial report.
  8. Receive January drainage report.
  9. Receive demolition and code enforcement activity reports.
  10. Approve the Final Plat of Lots 28-34; Block A, Stone Ridge Addition Phase 8, located in
    the 460111 Block of Boulder Lane,
  11. Resolution approving the Private Re -Sale of Multiple Tracts of Tax Foreclosed Properties, and authorizing the Mayor to execute Deeds.
  12. Approve a Resolution requesting the Sheriff or a Constable to Sell Tax Foreclosed Properties and to Re -Sell Bid -Off Tax Properties in accordance with the Texas Property Code.
  13. Accept the bid and award a contract for the construction of single-family homes under a Home Program Grant received from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), in the City of Paris, Texas to Whitaker Homes, the lowest responsible bidder; and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and execute all necessary documents.
  14. Conduct a public hearing, discuss and act on an Ordinance considering the petition of Robert Russell for a change in zoning from a Commercial District (C) to a Commercial District with a Specific Use Permit -52 Self -,Storage Warehouse, City Block 315-A, Lot 1, ABsT 208 Crow Survey, 3.52 Acres, located at 4605 Lamar Avenue.
  15. Conduct a public hearing, discuss and act on an Ordinance considering the petition of Amanda Scott on behalf of Alex Outdoor Advertising LP for a change in zoning from a Planned Development District a-f (PD a-f) to Planned Development District a-f (PD a-f) with a Specific Use Permit (Tattoo Shop) for a Permanent Make-Up Salon, on Lot PT 1, SSLA Commercial Addition, located at 2775 NE Loop 286.
  16. Conduct a public hearing, discuss and act on an Ordinance considering the petition of Zachary Michael for a change in zoning from an Agricultural District (A) to Multiple-Family Dwellings (MF-1) for duplex, triplex or quadplex rental properties, on W Askins Survey, Tract 80, located at 5040 Farm Road 195.
  17. Receive presentation, discuss and act on a Resolution Supporting the Implementation of Joining Forces, a Joint Land Use Study.
  18. Discuss and act on the 2018 Plan of Work for Street Bond Reconstruction.
  19. Consider and approve future events for City Council and/or City Staff pursuant to Resolution No. 2004-081.
  20. Adjournment.
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