More than 100 city properties — seized for delinquent taxes — are up for sale to the highest bidder today

By CHARLES RICHARDS

eParisExtra.com

More than 100 city-owned properties — seized over the years by the City of Paris for delinquent taxes — are up for public auction from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at the Lamar County Courthouse.

The sale is so big that representatives of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Simpson – the tax attorneys who are managing the sale for the city – added a second day – Feb. 5, 2013 — to make sure they have enough time to complete the anticipated sales.

Minimum bid is $250, and if there’s only one bid, the property will go for that. If there’s no bid, the property will remain unclaimed, and the auctioneer will proceed down the list.

Of special interest is the old Cherry Street Manor nursing home in the 2100 block of East Cherry Street. It’s on the books for $378,120. But it’s No. 78 on the list of 102, so depending upon the turnout, its number might not come up today.

“Here’s how it’s going to work,” City of Paris code enforcement supervisor said. “They’re going to start at the top of the list and work down. They’re not going to move any up because of special interest or anything else.”

Talley said as many properties as possible will be sold — until 4:30 p.m. today.

“And then, I guess, in the February sale, they’ll start where they left off and continue on down the list,” he said.

Although all the properties owe delinquent taxes, all sales will be free and clear of any back taxes.

Eighteen of the properties are listed in value at $10,000 or more (see list below).

The Paris City Council authorized the auction as a way to improve the look and feel of Paris by putting properties back on the tax rolls.

Each of the properties has a listed value – ranging from $290 to a lot in the 700 block of Northwest 1st Street to $378,120 for Cherry Street Manor. The total value listed for the 102 properties is $1,035,340.

“We are very excited at the possibility of selling so many properties and hopefully returning them to productive use,” mayor AJ Hashmi said.

“If someone sees a property he or she wants, all he has to do is be the highest bidder,” Godwin said. “Some properties

For specific questions about the sale, call city code enforcement supervisor Robert Talley at 903-784-9219 or the Lamar County Appraisal District at 903-785-7822.

For questions about how the auction will be conducted, call Tammy, with Linebarger & Associates, at 1-903-597-2897.

City officials have placed signs on the properties to help prospective buyers identify what is available. Properties are located throughout the city. Although most of the properties are vacant lots, some have structures.

Hashmi noted that the city has ordered demolition of dozens of dilapidated structures, and those properties likely will be offered at additional public auctions to follow.

Here are the properties, in the order in which they will be auctioned off:

PROP.   ID# LEGAL DESCRIPTION STREET VALUE
1 10344 Booth Additionition, Block 1, Lot 34 3rd St., 4th St. $1,180
2 10507 Cedar Hill Additionition, Block 1, Lot 11 2885 Colvin $990
3 10522 Cedar Hill Addition, Block 3, Lot 20 28th NW $1,520
4 10726 Colonial Addition, Block 7,Lot 2 Walker $2,070
5 10975 East Park Addition, Block A, Lot 21 $2,250
6 10884 ES Conner Addition, Block 1, Lot 5 8th NW $1,100
7 10885 ES Conner Addition, Block 1, Lot 10 1027 8th NW $1,150
8 10889 ES Conner Addition, Block 1, Lot 6 957 8th NW $1,740
9 10890 ES Conner Addition, Block 1, Lot 11 1037 8th NW $1,250
10 10892 ES Conner Addition, Block 1, Lot 13, 14 9th NW & Campbell $2,170
11 10895 ES Conner Addition, Block 1, Lot 18 9th NW $1,100
12 10896 ES Conner Addition, Block 1, Lot 19 9th NW $1,100
13 10902 ES Conner Addition, Block 1, Lot 27 9th NW $1,100
14 10906 ES Conner Addition, Block 1, Lot 33 1021 9TH NW $1,100
15 10975 East Park Addition, Block A, Lot 21 $2,250
16 11056 East Park Addition, Block F, Lot 7 $3,450
17 11066 East Park Addition, Block G, Lot 4 13th NE $2,250
18 11067 East Park Addition, Block G, Lot 8 13th NE $2,250
19 11068 East Park Addition, Block G, Lot 10 13th NE $2,250
20 11146 East Park Addition, Block O, Lot 6 12th NE $2,450
21 11165 East Park Addition, Block P, Lot 7 1460 10th NE $16,600
22 11208 East Park Addition, Block Q, Lot 27 1336 Fitzhugh $11,890
23 11372 Finn Place, Block B, Lot 9-A & S/Pt 8 246 5th SE $34,200
24 11662 Gibbons-Braden Addition, Block 13, Lot PT 10 16th SE $10,000
25 11737 Gibbons Park, Block 1, Lot 1B-2 838 10th SE $18,500
26 11828 Gibbons Park, Block 4, Lot 22 855 Cedar $3,380
27 11832 Gibbons Park, Block4, Lot 27 900 block Cedar $3,630
28 11897 Gibbons Park, Block 8, Lot 9 800 Block Jackson $3,380
29 11982 Harlan Heights, Block 6, Lot 7 1309 Grove $2,250
30 11903 Gibbons Park, Block 8, Lot 15 800 Block Jackson $6,000
31 11999 P.W. Harrisons 9th Addition, Block 4, Lot 4 1431 Plum $3,400
32 12333 C.C. Hopkins, Block 1, Lots 1&2 115 14th NW $1,840
33 12376 Hull Addition, Block 3, Lot 6 11345 5th NE $1,260
34 12833 Lane Place, Block 2, Lot 11-13 1300 Block 16th NE $8,720
35 12912 Margraves, Phillips & Estes Addition, Plat 1, Block 1, Lot   10 909 7-1/2 St. NE $810
36 13194 McKnight Addition, Block 3, Lot 3 1475 7th NW $2,420
37 13918 City Block 34, Lots 9-A 900 Pine Bluff $4,800
38 13958 City Block 36, Lot 6 577 Price $6,830
39 14002 City Block 391 Lot 4 111 Price $43,090
40 14189 City Block 51, Lot 8 934 Dickson Ave. $2,730
41 14190 Asa Jarman Survey 0.217 Acre 948 Dickson Ave. $10,190
42 14400 City Block 60-A, Lot 4 Gibbons Alley $940
43 14403 Larkin Rattan Addition, Block 60-A, Lot 7 343 Booth E. $660
44 14490 City Block 63, Lot 4 614 6th NE $3,440
45 14514 City Block 63-A, Lot 6 551 8th NE $1,570
46 14669 City Block 70, Lot 12 (land locked) Between 11th & 12th NE $11,760
47 14764 City Block 70-C, Lot 10 1305 Pine Bluff $34,050
48 14873 City Block 73, Lot 12 523 3rd NE $1,250
49 14910 City Block 74-A, Lot 2 1050 1st NE $630
50 14966 City Block 75, Lot 10 414 Provine E. $1,220
51 15066 City Block 79, Lot 12 777 1st NW $290
52 15114 Larkin Rattan Survey, 0.356 acres 505 5th NW $3,270
53 15235 City Block 88, Lot 6 7th NW $640
54 15288 City Block 89, Lots 8 & 8-A 717 4th NW $1,630
55 15340 City Block 91, Lot 23 615 1st NE $880
56 15477 City Block 98, Lot 4-D, 4-E 935 4th NW $5,270
57 15369 Larkin Rattan Addition, Block 92, Lot 22-A 609 2nd NE $480
58 15432 City Block 95, Lot 9 138 Provine W $11,090
59 15493 City Block 99, Lot 11 436 Provine W $1,730
60 15558 City Block 101-B, Lot 4 11th NW $990
61 16054 City Block 124, Lot 25 636 Kaufman W. $10,420
62 16101 City Block 128, Lot 16 1366 Kaufman W. $5,260
63 16172 City Block 133, Lot 6 913 Sherman W $1,400
64 16349 City Block 144, Lot 10 607 5th SE $3,110
65 16350 City Block 144, Lot 11 & Part 15-A 613 5th SE $3,660
66 16387 City Block 146, Lot 8 430 Hearon E $6,120
67 16393 City Block 146, Lot 13 347 Washington E $57,100
68 16774 City Block 174, Lot 13 1028 Martin Luther King $2,850
69 16787 City Block 174-A, Lot 15 1175 Van Zandt E $3,050
70 16789 City Block 174-A, Lot 16-A Van Zandt E $1,100
71 17105 City Block 191, Lot 20 1447 Graham $5,710
72 17318 City Block 208, Lot 12 2248 Austin W $6,080
73 17370 Asa Jarman Survey, 0.222 acres 1414 Sherman W $6,010
74 17736 City Block 233, Lot 3 Henderson W $1,350
75 17779 City Block 235, Lot 6 1175 17th NW $1,140
76 17780 City Block 235, Lot 7 1167 17th NW $1,140
77 17788 City Block 235, Lot 15 1105 17th NW $1,460
78 18255 City Block 258-A, Lot 1 2193 Cherry E $378,120
79 18608 City Block 302, Lot 1A 2345 Cherry W $42,450
80 19053 Park Addition, Block 1, Lots 1&2 1455 7th NW $6,900
81 19064 Park Addition, Block 1, Lot S, 50′ of 13 1335 7th NW $3,860
82 19415 Rucker PL Addition, Block 2, Lot 13 937 5th SE $4,810
83 19416 Rucker Pl Addition, Block 2, Lot 15 949 5th SE $3,750
84 19585 South Park, Block 1, Lot 12 Orange $1,310
85 19586 South Park, Block 1, Lot 13 548 Orange $860
86 19593 South Park, Block 3, Lots 9 & 10 533 Orange $3,060
87 19623 Sperry’s 1st Addition, Block 6, Lot N, Part of 15 28th NW (small sliver) $750
88 19872 Stellrose Addition, Block 4, Lots 2 & 3 pt 2343 Culbertson $38,220
89 19925 City Block 170-B, Lot 5 319 Neagle W $1,130
90 20413 Walker’s 1st Addition, Block 1, Lot 3 1223 Kaufman W. $6,020
91 20452 Washington Heights, Block 1, Lot 2 1012 3rd NE $1,200
92 20469 Washington Heights, Block 3, Lot 2 415 Henderson E $1,880
93 20608 Westview Addition, Block B, Lots 1 & 2 230 18th NW $3,830
94 22071 E. Park Addition, Block E, Lot 12 Hickory & 12th NE $2,690
95 39574 A592 Morrison Survey, 1.0 acres land locked (near Industrial Park) $4,000
96 41840 Block 24, Lot 5, original townsite $1,820
97 52419 A502 M Keller Surveyt Tract22A, 28.87 acres $66,440
98 100246 City Block 84, Lot 16-B 644 13th NW $11,980
99 101209 Cedar Hill Addition, Block 5, Lots 20 through 28 28th NW A 479 Jarman $11,800
100 101210 Cedar Hill Addition, Block 6, Lot 16 27th NW $1,240
101 101211 E. Park Addition, Block 1, Lot 4 14th NE $2,330
102 103117 City Block 174-A, Lot 13 Van Zandt E $5,500
$1,035,340

About the Author
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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.