CHANGE OF PLANS: Take storm debris to the Paris sports complex — NOT to the (muddy) fairgrounds

IceStorm_25The City of Paris made a switch Monday afternoon and is asking residents to take their brushy storm debris to the sports complex adjacent to Love Civic Center, NOT to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.

That created some confusion, because earlier in the day Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley mentioned “an earlier erroneous report” to take storm debris to the civic center. The place to take broken tree limbs and other debris, he said, was the east side of the fairgrounds, in the 1500 block of North Fitzhugh Street.

“At the time the chief said that, the earlier report WAS erroneous,” said LaVonne Schepis, secretary for the city’s public works department.

“Then it got too muddy at the fairgrounds,” Schepis said.

“All brush should be taken (to the end of the road past the pavilion and concession stand) at the Sports Complex, 2005 S. Collegiate, due to muddy conditions at the temporary site at the 1500 Block of Fitzhugh,” she said.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to call 903.784.9289 with any questions.

“Residents only, no contractors,” officials said.

Storm debris can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. through the week and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, city officials said.

The city is working up a plan on picking up debris at the curbside, but nothing is definite yet, city officials say.

In a “Day Four Update,” Hundley said Monday that the number of power outages is starting to decline, “although you may actually lose power again as ONCOR continues the repair process. If that happens, hopefully it will be a very short time.”

Hundley said there is no truth to a report that the city is running out of water.

“The water treatment plant is on line and providing water, and there is no issue there. We have a very few sewer lift stations that are without power, and those situations are being addressed,” the police chief added.

Melting ice is expected throughout the day on Monday, followed by high temperatures in the 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday, Hundley said.

However, the Paris Police Department remains on emergency power, Hundley said, “and it’s getting a little chilly in here!”

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra


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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.