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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 office@pctonstage.com. 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

13. ADJOURN

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.

Lamar County Commissioners to discuss Homeland Security grants and interview for constable vacancy on Tuesday

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Notice is hereby given that a Regular Meeting of the Lamar County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 20th day of February, 2018 at 9:00 a.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 a Proclamation of the Lamar County Commissioners’ Court to adopt a Proclamation to recognize National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Week, February 17-24, 2018) in Lamar County, Texas. The Future Farmers of America motto is “learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve”. (Proclamation No. P2018-001) – Chisum ISD, North Lamar ISD, Paris ISD, Prairiland ISD, and Roxton ISD; Lamar County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.
  4. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court receiving the annual “Racial Profiling Compliance” report from Lamar County Sheriff Scott Cass, as required by Article 2.132 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. – Lamar County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.
  5. Discussion and/or action by Lamar County Commissioners’ Court hearing a presentation in regards to a Homeland Security Grant. The Grant is an application for the “Multi-Jurisdictional SWAT Team Ballistic Vest Project” for Lamar County in the amount of $10,137.50, no matching funds required. (Resolution No. R2018-002). Lamar County will administer this grant. – Lamar County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.; Lamar County Emergency Management Coordinator, Quincy Blount
  6. Discussion and/or action by Lamar County Commissioners’ Court hearing a presentation in regards to a Homeland Security Grant. The Grant is an application for the “Multi-Jurisdictional Regional Hazmat Response Team Project” for Lamar County in the amount of $24,707.00, no matching funds required. (Resolution No. R2018-003). Lamar County will administer this grant. – Lamar County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.; Lamar County Emergency Management Coordinator, Quincy Blount
  7. Discussion and/or action by Lamar County Commissioners’ Court hearing a presentation in regards to a Homeland Security Grant. The Grant is an application for the “Multi-Jurisdictional Surveillance Equipment Project” for Lamar County in the amount of $36,729.75, no matching funds required. (Resolution No. R2018-004). Lamar County will administer this grant. – Lamar County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.; Lamar County Emergency Management Coordinator, Quincy Blount
  8. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court interviewing and/or appointing a person to the Constable Precinct Two position for Lamar County. (§87.041 of the Texas Local Government Code). The appointment is made to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Mike Ford, Constable Precinct Two, effective March 2, 2018. – County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.
  9. EXECUTIVE SESSION – Personnel – Discussion regarding deliberation of appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee; or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee pursuant to § 551.074 of the Texas Local Government Code. This item is in regards to interviewing, discussing and/or appointing a person to the Constable Precinct Two position for Lamar County. – County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.
  10. Action regarding EXECUTIVE SESSION – County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.
  11. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court receiving into the minutes a copy of the letter dated January 2, 2018, that the County Judge received from Mr. Tommy Henderson, Director of Operations with Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). This letter is in regards to TxDOT authorizing the release of materials FY 2018 allocation, and for Lamar County to coordinate with Michael Gibson, Maintenance Section Supervisor to work out the details of securing the materials. Lamar County is participating in the County Assistance Program FY 2018. – County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.
  12. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court receiving the Jail Commissary Audit Report for the year end September 30, 2017. – Lamar County Auditor, Kayla Hall
  13. 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.
  14. Discussion and/or action by Lamar County Commissioners’ Court regarding line-item transfers for various offices. – Lamar County Auditor, Kayla Hall
  15. 15. Discussion and/or action by Lamar County Commissioners’ Court to approve payment of claims, payroll, and other bills. – Lamar County Auditor, Kayla Hall
  16. ADJOURN

 

Candidates file for city council, deadline is 5 p.m. Friday

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Paris City Council seats for Districts 1, 2, 3, and 6 are up for grabs this year. As of today, eight citizens have filed to run for those seats in the city’s election in May. A map of the city’s districts can be found here.

Councilmembers Aaron Jenkins of District 1, and Sue Lancaster of District 2, have reached their term limits– three consecutive two-year terms. Incumbents Billy Trenado of District 3, and Cleonne Holmes Drake of District 6, have filed for reelection.

District 1 is the only race that is– thus far– uncontested. The deadline for filing to run for city council is this Friday, February 16 at 5 p.m.

A full list of those who have filed is included below.

District 1:

Shandra “Renae” Stone

District 2:

Don McKnight
Derrick Hughes
Ed Darnell

District 3:

Billy Trenado (Incumbent)
Jane Helberg

District 6:

Cleonne Holmes Drake (Incumbent)
Patrick “Clayton” Pilgrim

 

Historic Preservation Commission meets this afternoon

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The City of Paris Historic Preservation Commission will meet Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 4 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 107 East Kaufman.

AGENDA

  1. Call meeting to order -Chairman
  2. Approval of minutes from previous meeting (January 10, 2018) —Chairman
  3. Consent Agenda
    (Items appearing on this consent agenda may be approved by a single vote of the Commission, with such approval applicable to all items appearing on said agenda. If any Commission member desires to discuss and consider separately any item appearing on the consent agenda, that Commission member may do so by requesting that the item be removed from the consent agenda and considered as a separate item.)
    -Discussion and possible action regarding the following structures considered by code inspectors to be in violation of Article III of Chapter 7 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Paris, Paris, Texas, entitled “Substandard and Dangerous Buildings and Structures,” to determine whether such buildings or structures can be rehabilitated and designated on the National Register of Historic Places, as a recorded Texas Historic Landmark or as historic property as designated by the City Council of the City of Paris.
    a) 1524 E Price
    b) 1440 Sperry
    C) 348 SW 13th
    d) 1238 NW 18th
    e) 2400 N Main
    f) 646 NE 17th
    g) 1191 Grove
  4. Report from Committee on Design Standards.
  5. Discussion on Imagine the Possibilities Tours May 2018
  6. HPO Report:
    ID# COA-18-0093, Replacement of deteriorated blanker panels on, side of building located at 270 SW 1st Street-Prepare for repair of 1980’s mural. National Alliance Preservation Commission Forum: July 18 — 22, 2018 Des Moines, IA
  7. Adjourn

Paris Economic Development Corp to meet Thursday afternoon

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The Paris Economic Development Council will meet Thursday, February 15, 2018 in the community room at 1125 Bonham St. Paris, Texas 75460. A full agenda packet can be downloaded here.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 
4:00 O’CLOCK P.M. 
AGENDA 
  1. Call meeting to order Richard Manning, Chair
  2. Citizens’ Input
    (Persons desiring to address the Paris EDC Board must limit their presentation to no more than two minutes. Unless an item is posted on the Agenda, the Texas Open Meetings Act prohibits the Board from responding to any comments other than to refer the matter to a future agenda, to an existing policy, or to a staff person with specific factual information. Claims against the Paris EDC Board Members or employees are not appropriate for citizens’ input)
  3. Discuss and possibly approve Minutes of the January 23, 2018 Monthly Meeting.
  4. Discuss and possibly approve January 2018 Financials.
  5. Discuss and possibly approve the yearly Audit Report for the 2016-2017 year as presented by Brittany Martin of McClanahan and Holmes.
  6. Discuss the Executive Director’s Marketing Travel for 2018.
  7. Executive Director’s Monthly Report.
  8. Convene into Executive Session:
    a) Section 551.087; Deliberation of Economic Development Negotiations to deliberate Commercial and Financial Information and Economic Incentives relating to the following: Commercial real-estate development.
    1) Discuss Land Purchase
    2) Project American SpiralWeld
  9. Reconvene into Open Session and possibly take action on items) discussed in Executive Session.
  10. Discuss Future Agenda Items.
  11. Adjourn
POSTED: Monday, February 12, 2018, at City Hall Annex Bulletin Board 
If necessary, the Paris Economic Development Corporation may convene into Executive Session under Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code regarding any item on this agenda.
Conflict of Interest: 
The Paris EDC Voting and Ex-Officio members should read all items of the above agenda to confirm that he/she doesn’t have a conflict of interest with any of the ]terns for discussion and/or action.

County Commissioners meet Wednesday at 9am

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NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE
COMMISSIONERS’ COURT OF LAMAR COUNTY, TEXAS

Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of the Lamar County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 14th day of February, 2018 at 9:00 a.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:

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Paris City Council to meet tonight

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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 12, 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.

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