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They are held in the City Council Chambers, located at:107 E Kaufman St.Paris, TX 75460
Filing information and applications for candidates are also available in this department. The City of Paris is a seven-member District and Council Members are elected from District Numbers 1, 2, 3, and 6 in even-numbered years, and for District Numbers 4, 5, and 7 in odd-numbered years.
The members of the City Council shall serve not more than three two-year terms in succession.
A junk vehicle is a vehicle that is self propelled and:
Inoperable means not capable of being used or operated due to legal or mechanical incapability.
A junk vehicle, including a part of a junked vehicle that is visible from a public place or public right-of-way, is deemed to be a public nuisance.
If the owner of a junk vehicle fails to remove the same after notice and is convicted in the City of Paris Municipal Court, the fine could be as much as $2,000 for every day the violation exists. The vehicle can also be towed from the property. Once a junk vehicle is towed as a public nuisance, the vehicle must be demolished and it cannot be re-titled.
Property owners, residents, and businesses are required to keep property free and clear of all material subject to deterioration by the elements, such as furniture, boxes, appliances, vehicle parts, tires, paper, and other objectionable, unsafe, unsanitary and/or unsightly matter or items which are not intended for outdoor use. Material which is stored in a disorderly manner or in such a manner as to offer harborage of rodents and/or other vermin is also prohibited.
If convicted of violating this ordinance in the City of Paris Municipal Court, the fine could be as much as $2,000 for every day the violation exists. The city can also correct the violation at the owner's expense and assess an administrative penalty of $220. If the costs of the work are not paid within 30 days, a lien will be filed against the property.
It is a violation for any person owning, claiming, occupying, or having control of any property within the city to permit weeds, brush, vegetative growth, or any objectionable or unsightly matter to grow to a height greater than 12 inches. If the property is five acres or more, the owner or person in control is required to mow at least a 100-foot perimeter from the property line.
If a person fails to comply with these requirements and is convicted in the City of Paris Municipal Court, the fine could be as much as $2,000 for every day the violation exists. The city can also correct the violation at the owner's expense and assess an administrative penalty of $220. If the costs of the work are not paid within 30 days, a lien will be filed against the property.
Warnings about weather are communicated to our citizens by several different methods. The City of Paris uses CodeRED to issue information by voice over a telephone, text messaging and e-mail. Citizens are encouraged to sign up for the service by clicking here. NWS weather warnings are sent out automatically by CodeRED whenever a warning involves the City of Paris. Outdoor warning sirens are used to notify people outside of their homes that severe weather is occurring. Upon hearing an outdoor siren, citizens should go indoors and listen to our local electronic media or scanners. The city also uses a service provided by SuddenLink communications. SuddenLink allows city officials the ability to take over the local cable system for emergency messages.
Yes, the City of Paris Emergency Management personnel are trained in all area of operations with the NIMS (National Incident Management System) as ordered by Presidential Directive.
You may also pay in person at:City Hall Annex EMS Billing Office150 SE 1st St.Paris, TX 75460
You may also pay by credit card by calling (903) 784-9229.There is a 5% additional charge to utilize a credit card.
This includes accessory buildings such as storage sheds; garages or car ports, etc; and fences.
The fee for a permit is based on the total cost of labor and materials.
You can download an application or pick one up at:City Hall Annex150 SE 1st St.Paris, TX 75461
Burn permits are acquired from the Fire Marshal's office. You may pick a permit up in person at:
Paris Fire Department135 SE 1st ST.Paris, TX 75460
Complete the permit and then bring it back to the Fire Marshal's Office. You may also download an Application for Open Burning Permit
Fire reports are obtainable through the Fire Department Administrative Office at:
Paris Fire Department135 SE 1st St Paris, TX 75460.
An Open Records Request Form is required to obtain a copy of a fire report. The Open Records Request Form can be picked up at the Fire Department Administrative Office, or download the Open Records Request Form here. Completed forms may be faxed using the fax number listed or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Violators are allowed up to 10 days from the date of the offense to appear in Municipal Court to plead not guilty and ask for a trial date, plead guilty, or plead no contest and pay a fine. Defensive driving courses and other arrangements are done through the municipal court. Please click on the link provided.
Warnings about weather are communicated to our citizens by several different methods. The City of Paris uses CodeRED to issue information by voice over a telephone, text messaging and e-mail. Citizens are encouraged to sign up for the service by clicking on 'more' below. NWS weather warnings are sent out automatically by CodeRED whenever a warning involves the City of Paris. Outdoor warning sirens are used to notify people outside of thier homes that severe weather is occuring. Upon hearing a outdoor siren, citizens should go indoors and listed to our local electronic media or scanners. The city also uses a service provided by SuddenLink communications. SuddenLink allows city officials the ability to take over the local cable system for emergency messages.
City of Paris Municipal Court (903) 737-4107Lamar County District Attorney’s Office (903) 737-2452Lamar County District Court Clerk (903) 737-2427Lamar County Deed Records (903) 737-2420TX Attorney General Child Support Enf. Div. (903) 784-4322Lone Star Legal Services (903) 785-8711
If you have damage to your property, the City asks that you submit at least two (2) estimates for repair along with any photos taken of the damage. If you have additional questions regarding claims please e-mail Billie Harris or call her at 903-784-9258
Persons applying for a library card must have photo identification and proof of current residence with them to receive a library card.
A parent or legal guardian's signature is required for a library card for a person under the age of 18 years. Additionally, parental permission will be required on the application for Internet use for those under 18 years.
The total may be any combination of material types: books, audios, or videos.
Print books and audio books check out for three weeks; videos may be checked out for one week.
Items may be renewed up to two times unless they are on reserve for another patron.
Bring your valid insurance card to the court, complete and sign a form provided by the court clerk.
Insurance information must be verified with insurance agency before dismissal.
Contact one of the providers on the list, have them give you a letter to the court stating that they approve you for community service with them, and bring that letter to the court clerk on a scheduled court date. Please contact the clerk at (903) 737-4107 for dates and times.
Extensions can be granted for 30 days with a 25% down payment. If the total amount is not paid within 30 days, a $25 state-mandated time payment fee will be added on the 31st day and you will be required to appear in court before further extension can be granted.
Failure to appear could result in a warrant being issued and/or referral to a collection agency which will result in additional fees being added.
NOTE: If there is a speed limit sign on your street we will not post a Think Child Safety Sign.
If it is a large leak, Dig Tess will be called and an emergency locate of the gas, electric, telephone, and cable lines will be requested. Once these lines are located, a crew will be scheduled to do the work.
If it is a smaller leak, a regular request will be made to Dig Tess which allows them 48 hours to send locators from Dallas, Tyler, or Texarkana to locate the lines. Once the lines are marked we can schedule a crew to do the repair.
In the case of an emergency water leak we will try to notify businesses if we have to turn their water off. If it is a scheduled repair we also try to notify businesses that the water will be off. Given the number of leaks we resolve in a day and the size of our work force usually, we cannot notify residents before we turn water off in their area.
A residential deposit is currently $125 and must be paid before service can be started. Service startup is scheduled for the day following your request. You will be given a two-hour time frame when you can expect our service representative to turn on your service.
If you cannot be at home when the service is started, you may sign a statement stating that the City is not liable for any water damage that may result from the water being turned on. This option is available only to property owners. You will also be charged a $25 new account fee on your first bill. Commercial account deposits vary depending on the nature of the business.
No person with a previous charge off can open an account without first paying the charged off amount. The City will not open an account in any name if we have reason to believe that a person who has an unpaid charge off will be living at that address.
Both of these steps have helped the City to reduce its charge-off losses by 50%. This savings helps hold down water, sewer, and sanitation rates.
If your deposit exceeds your final bill, the difference will be refunded to you. No interest is paid on your deposit, but interest earned on all deposits is used to hold utility rates down.