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The initial meeting of the Capital Improvement Program citizens’advisory committee is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today in the Paris City Council chambers.
The committee will meet with representatives of KSA Engineering, the company selected by the council to come up with recommendations for a 10-year, $45 million program to replace the city’s aging infrastructure.
Each member of the city council named one member of the citizen committee, whose responsibility it will be to give guidance on the priority in which projects will be undertaken.
The meeting is open to the public.
Named by the respective Paris City Council members were:
“The purpose of this committee is not to go before the civic clubs and educate them about the vote in the May special election on the bond issue. The purpose of this committee is to provide some direction on the order in which projects should be undertaken,” Mayor AJ Hashmi said when the appointments were made several weeks ago.
“KSA Engineering is working up the plan along with the city engineer, and they have the expertise to determine the projects, but I would say to the members of this committee that they don’t know the town like you do,” Hashmi added.
Because members of the committee live here, they have the pulse of the people and are in a better position to judge if maybe a project scheduled for Year 2 should be moved up and done right away, he said.
“They may want to do something (in east Paris) that is quite necessary, but you can say, ‘You know what, northwest and southwest Paris have suffered for a long time and the residents over there need to be felt part of the town. We would like you to do this project over there first,’ “ Hashmi said.
By CHARLES RICHARDS