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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 Rave Mobile Safety to issue information by voice over the 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 RAVE Mobile Safety 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 Optimum communications, which allows city officials to interrupt 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 the weather are communicated to our citizens by several different methods. The City of Paris uses Rave Mobile Safety to issue information by voice over the 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 Rave Mobile Safety 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 Optimum communications which allows city officials to interrupt programming on the local cable system for emergency messages.
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.
An application for an extension is available at the court clerk's window at the courthouse: 2910 Clarksville St. Paris, TX 75460 Extensions can be granted for 30 days with a 25% down payment. If the total amount is not paid within 30 days, a $15 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.
RAVE Alert is the City's mass notification system, which replaced CodeRed in 2023. It allows for two-way communication for both emergency and non-emergency situations via automated phone calls, text messages, and email.Smart911 is an enhanced public safety tool that allows users to create individual profiles with vital information such as home address, mobile phone number, special needs, and emergency contact information. Together, RAVE Alert and Smart911 are intended to better connect citizens with both emergency personnel as well as timely, relevant location-based information.
You are encouraged to create a Safety Profile that includes everyone in your household. You can also create a Safety Profile on behalf of elderly parents, those with disabilities, or anyone not comfortable with computers, designating yourself as the emergency contact.
When you complete registration, Smart911 will automatically direct you to your Smart911 Safety Profile and will send a message to your registered email address confirming your account. Smart911 will not deliver your Safety Profile to 9-1-1 answering centers unless you have verified the phone(s) listed in your profile by responding to the text message or automated call placed to that phone.
Smart911 allows individuals to provide the additional details that 9-1-1 call takers may need in order to assist them during an emergency. When you dial 9-1-1 today the information received by the 9-1-1 call center can be limited based on the type of phone you are calling on. With Smart911, anytime you make an emergency call from a phone registered with your Safety Profile, the 9-1-1 system recognizes your phone number and automatically displays your profile on the screen of the call taker who receives your call. Example of information that can be included in your profile is if someone at the address utilizes supplemental oxygen or is diabetic.
Setting up a profile can take as little as 5-10 minutes, depending on how much information you wish to provide. You can always go back and update existing, or add additional information to your profile.
Yes. Your privacy is important to us. Your information is made available ONLY to 9-1-1 call takers and responders ONLY in the event you call 9-1-1. Your information is stored in geo-redundant databases that restrict access to everyone- including Rave Mobile Safety employees. Your Safety Profile is non-searchable and your information will only be displayed to 9-1-1 dispatchers for a limited amount of time. In some areas, you can choose to allow Smart911 to share your profile with Emergency Managers as they prepare for and respond to emergencies. If you reside or work in one of these areas, you will be presented with this option.
There is no fee to create or maintain a Safety Profile with Smart911.
The more up-to-date your information is, the better. Smart911 prompts users to verify their information every six months. However, you should update your profile anytime there is any change to your information.
You can create a Safety Profile in multiple languages and specify your primary language on Smart911.com. When your profile displays at the 9-1-1 center, it will be translated back into English. If an interpreter is required, the 9-1-1 Call Taker will be able to see which language you designated as your primary language.
A Safety Profile is a set of information about an individual, or a household that is contained within one account on Smart911.com or on the Smart911 App. Information can include details about all members of the household, all phone numbers (mobile, landline or VOIP) and all addresses including home, work and even vacation homes. Users can also add details about medical conditions, medications, vehicles, pets and even emergency contacts.
The Smart911 App provides 9-1-1 and first responders information in an emergency and receive targeted alerts including from the National Weather Service. The Smart911 App is available and free on the Apple Story or Google Play.
You can include as little or as much information in your profile as you like. Information may include address, medical and security information. This service is voluntary, so you decide what information you want emergency responders to know about you when you call 9-1-1.
Anyone can create a safety profile. Those that are especially encouraged to sign up are people with medical or disability information. Wireless phone users are also encouraged, as wireless phone calls to 9-1-1 only provide a general location of the caller, not an exact address. Adding your home, school and work addresses (including apartment and room numbers) can help responders locate you more easily.
Yes. Your information is stored in geo-redundant databases that are located on opposite sides of the country. In the unlikely event of a database shutdown, the system will automatically transition all of your information to the backup database, resulting in zero impact to your Safety Profile.
You can click here to see a map of the collection zones or call 903-784-9266 for help.
Yes, bulk collections will be scheduled on Fridays and will follow the bulk pickup policy. If you would like to schedule a bulk pickup, please call 903-784-9266.
No, there has not been an increase in the solid waste fee since 2010. The reduction of collection days will help to delay future increases.
As part of the city contract for landfill services, Sanitation Solutions allows city residents to drop off up to 4 cubic yards once per month at their drop-off site behind 1802 Church Street. (link to google map) A current water bill is required to utilize this service.
The city plans to reopen the compost and recycling drop-off location on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. More information can be viewed here.
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.