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The city is using $100,000 of its own dollars to do the project, while $300,000 will come from the State Aid Street Fund.

It will cost $400,000 to overlay the streets with asphalt which will prolong the lives of the roads, Mayor Daniel Rogers said. 

Highlights

  • The streets that will receive new asphalt are North and South Roseville streets, East and West Short Mountain streets, portions of South Third Street and South Fourth Street, North Morgan Street, East Wahl Street and South Cherry Street. 

  • “It’s a real street-heavy budget. We’re going to do a lot of street work this year,” Rogers said. 

Also as part of the budget, the city gave hourly raises to all employees. Full-time employees will see a $1 raise while part-time employees will receive $.50 raise. 

“I’m hopeful that the $300,000 will go a long way to doing all those,” Rogers said. 

“And the main reason was just inflation this year,” Rogers said, explaining that the council decided to give city employees cost of living raises. 

This is the third consecutive year city employees received raises. This was because of the rise of the Arkansas minimum wage, Rogers said. Council members wanted city wages to remain competitive as compared to surrounding cities.  

In the future, Rogers does not expect the city will be able to continue giving yearly raises. In a similar vein, Rogers said the city was not able to do a lot of non-essential projects.  “It’s really a budget that’s very conservative because we still have a lack of funds when it comes to doing what I call extra stuff,” Rogers said. “There just wasn’t a ton of fun stuff to talk about in the budget this year because we’re still tight on funds.” 

The city did receive an additional state grant that will allow workers to repair and install sidewalks across Paris.  Workers will replace sidewalks on North 10th Street from McDonald’s to the Paris Middle School. They will also add sidewalks on Wood Street from Kalamazoo Road to the Paris High School. 

Another grant will pay for a walking trail around Veteran’s Park.  The city itself is shelling out money for water and sewer improvements as well as for updated police equipment and a new fence at the baseball field. 

Phase one will involve diagnosing the problems associated with the sewer system. The next phase of the project will involve fixing those issues discovered in phase one.  Before the start of phase two, the city will issue additional bonds to pay for it. 

The city is issuing bonds to pay for the $690,000 first phase of the sewer project and will begin making payments of $41,000 a year starting in 2023.  The water updates will cost approximately $4 million, while the first phase of sewer improvements will cost $690,000. The city council approved the sewer project Monday night. The water updates have been an ongoing project throughout the year.