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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.


  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. 
  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 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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Scrap new Texas voter ID law, plaintiffs tell federal judge (Texas Tribune)

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Texas’ softer voter ID law doesn’t fix the discrimination in the old measure, the state’s legal opponents told a judge Wednesday.

A new law softening Texas’ strict voter identification requirements doesn’t absolve the lawmakers from intentionally discriminating against minority voters in 2011 — nor would it properly accommodate those voters going forward, the state’s opponents in a long-running lawsuit argued Wednesday.

“Unfortunately, what the court is in the midst of is a larceny in progress,” Chad Dunn, a lawyer representing some of the challengers, told U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, accusing the Texas Legislature of trying to skirt responsibility for its sins of discrimination — reminiscent of state actions in the 1950s and 1960s. “It is a litigation strategy masquerading as a legislative function.”

Dunn was speaking about Senate Bill 5, which Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law last week. It loosens a 2011 voter ID law — known as the nation’s most stringent — that courts have ruled purposefully burdened Latino and black voters.

Dunn and other plaintiffs’ attorneys argued Ramos should void all provisions of the 2011 law, known as Senate Bill 14. In doing so, she would effectively invalidate the new law and return Texas to life before photo ID requirements.

Lawyers for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday portrayed SB 5 as a good-faith effort to fix problems multiple federal judges identified in the 2011 law, and called on Ramos to consider the new law a valid remedy — without levying penalties on the state.

“Mr. Dunn has told you a story this morning,” argued Matthew Frederick, the state’s deputy solicitor general. “He has painted a caricature of this state, a caricature of the Legislature and a caricature of SB 5.”

Ramos, who made no rulings Wednesday, asked parties to file briefs on their positions by June 12.

Last year, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Senate Bill 14 disproportionately targeted minority voters who were less likely to have one of seven forms of identifications it required they show at the polls. Ramos upped the ante in April, ruling the state discriminated on purpose. Ramos was instructed to consider a remedy for the violations, and her ruling raised the possibility she could invoke a section of the Voting Rights Act to place Texas under federal oversight of its election laws — a process called preclearance.

Seeking to avoid that fate, the state’s Republican-dominated Legislature enacted SB 5, frantically pushing it to the finish line in the final days of the legislative session. In doing so, state leaders made clear that it was aimed at pleasing the courts more than anything.

“I know a court has ruled otherwise, but as someone who was here in 2011, I don’t believe there’s any evidence that we intended to discriminate,” Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, the bill’s House sponsor, said last month in a chamber debate.

Ramos temporarily softened the ID rules for the 2016 elections, and the new law somewhat follows its lead.  It would allow people without photo ID to vote if they presented alternate forms of ID and signed affidavits swearing a “reasonable impediment” kept them from obtaining what was otherwise required.

Those voters could present documents such as utility bills, bank statements or paychecks. Those found to have lied about not possessing photo ID could be charged with a state felony, which carries a penalty of 180 days to two years in jail.

Under the bill, Texans who own a qualifying photo ID must still present it at the polls. Those include: a state driver’s license or ID card, a concealed handgun license, a U.S. passport, a military ID card, a U.S citizenship certificate or an election identification certificate.

“The law as enacted tracks the interim remedy ordered by this Court and agreed to by plaintiffs and defendants,” Paxton argued in a brief this week.

On Wednesday, Frederick asked Ramos to consider whether SB 5 would fully fix the old law’s effects, and to do so before Aug. 10 — to accommodate deadlines at the Texas Secretary of State’s Office.

The state’s legal foes suggested the law wouldn’t a fully address the discrimination, but they argued that question was moot. Ramos should wipe clean all elements of SB 14, they argued, returning Texas to a time when voter registration cards and other non-photo ID sufficed.

“We think, at best, it’s duct tape on a discriminatory law,” Gerald Hebert, executive director of the Campaign Legal Center and an attorney for the plaintiffs, told reporters. “It’s an amendment to a bill that’s gone.”

Under the plaintiffs’ scenario, Ramos would later consider whether she should place Texas under federal electoral supervision.

Read related Tribune coverage:

  • Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday called a special session of the Texas Legislature starting July 18. Abbott said that after legislators address a bill to keep some state agencies from shuttering, he’ll add another 19 items to the agenda. [link]
  • A federal judge has ruled — for the second time — that Texas lawmakers intentionally discriminated against Latino and black voters in passing a strict voter identification law in 2011. [link]

The article above comes from The Texas Tribune. Jim Malewitz is an investigative journalist for the Tribune. The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

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