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This is the mobile home part at 125 41st SE, belonging to Ranger Abbott. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)
By CHARLES RICHARDS
On today’s agenda of the Paris City Council for the third straight meeting is the request of Ranger Abbott for help in his attempt to expand his mobile home park at 125 41st St. SE, one block south of the Bonham highway, U.S. 82-west.
It’s scheduled for executive session during the meeting, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today at the city council chambers at 107 E. Kaufman St.
But Mayor AJ Hashmi said Sunday there will be no discussion. He said there’s nothing the council can do for Abbott, who sued the city because the city refused in 2010 when he sough a building permit to expand his mobile home park without getting a zone change.
Abbott produced a letter from then city-manager Kevin Carruth, secured by Abbott in 2008 when he was trying to decide whether to buy the property. Less than half of the 7.8-acre property was being used for a mobile park.
Abbott had wanted to make sure he would be allowed to clear off the heavily wooded other part of the property and expand under the under the non-conforming status the mobile home park was given after the property was annexed into the city.
Abbott sued when the city turned down his building permit. He won a judgment in state district court in Paris, but the 6th State Court of Appeals An appeals court rejected Abbott’s lawsuit, saying that by failing to appeal first to the city’s Board of Adjustments he failed to exercise all his administrative rights.
Abbott said he was never told about the Board of Adjustments. Instead, he tried to get a hearing before the city council in 2010, but Carruth refused to put him on the agenda.
Hashmi said it’s too late for the council to act on Abbott’s 2010 complaint because an appeal to the Board of Adjustment s has to be made within 10 days of the action one is complaining about. The city can’t go against its own ordinances, the mayor said.
But he said Abbott is free to file a new request for a building permit, and if he is turned down again, he would be allowed to take his case to the Board of Adjustments if he requests it within 10 days of the new rejection.
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